AMERICA: What people don't understand...

United States
January 20, 2007 2:09pm CST
I read a topic someone posted that was called "things I hate about americans" the poster pretty much said it's sad that theres a burger king next to the empire state building. In China, Japan, Europe, Italy there is so much history... there are temples, shrines, churches, land marks and beautiful architecture... from centuries ago. America is the way it is because it is a young country. The only things America has of significance is Mount Rushmore, Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon. 2 out of 3 is the way the earth was built by god... and Mount Rushmore is just a bit of carving on a rock. We don't have history in America... you don't walk down the street and see significant things. America is a new country and theres really not too much here yet... This is why theres a Burger King next to the empire state building. If we had some really cool old church from centuries ago im sure it would be there instead, but we don't so it's not.
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@Mecboy (1052)
• United States
20 Jan 07
its true, no reason to hate america. It made me feel uncomfortable when I read her topic. But thanks for making this, makes me feel much better. I was playing Battlefield 2, when some people in east asia joined my (AHEM, Mini EscApe Server) They said, You are American! (obviously they looked at my server stats, and saw MY LOCATION, United States Of America. They said, Your WHITE WOMEN WILL SUCK AND DIE. I THOUGHT THAT REALLY RUDE. So I shot them all with an m4, and they sent tanks, and I plopped c4 and artillery to wipe them out, I drove a jeep to weed out the rest.
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@nw1911guy (1135)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Hmmmm Sure you're not really George Bush? Or sounds sorta like genocide. lol sorry couldn't resist.
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@GardenGerty (95673)
• Marion, Kansas
21 Jan 07
I can see some value in gaming now. :}
• United States
21 Jan 07
Lol!!!! I used to play WOW, I was on a server with all sorts of different people... depending who you were with things went good or it was like the beginning of WW3!!!
• United States
20 Jan 07
yep you are exactly right!! i saw that same exact topic earlier and was kind of offended by it. but thats ok, not every country can have things the others have. One day we might have alot of historical buildings and such too. All of their countries and historical buildings and such were new at one time too.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
I think a lot of countries have a lot of hate for America for no reason but then a lot of it is justified as well. We are misrepresented as a whole a lot of times. Everyone in America isnt like that visions people see of us so it causes people to think negative about us.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
Thank you. The USA is a young country, we have only been around since the 1600's. Our history and our development will be much more diverse from other countries, but that is okay. We are not trying to be like anyone else, we are only trying to be ourselves. We are a very unique and diverse set of people and we should be. We are a country found on diversity and immigration, the fore-fathers knew that when they wrote the Declaration of Independence. Think of it this way, we are a people who are different and that is the way it will be and that is the way it will stay. We will not change or conform for anyone.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
Yes, and we are also the worlds largest melting pot! Lets hope for the best!!!
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@gifana (4838)
• Portugal
21 Jan 07
rogue...yours' is the most sensible comment that I have seen so far. However, let me just remind you that we have only been the United States since 1776. From 1620 to 1776 we were a British Colony.
• United States
21 Jan 07
I agree with you!!!!!!!! The fact that we our history come from the people and that we have defined the term melting pot is our histroy. We may not have monuments that are hundreds of years old but we do have history that is unique and worth respecting. We were the first country in the world where the leader voluntarly relinquised power when George Washington left the presidental office. No one before that time had "given up" power. We may not have that in a symbolic form such as China's Great Wall but we do have it.
@MntlWard (880)
• United States
20 Jan 07
Actually, the poster said she hated that an American would object to a BK being outside the Empire State Building. Obviously that statement is made in ignorance, because I don't think the average American would make that objection or that BK wouldn't have enough customers to stay open. But if you're going to present something as an example, you should get it right or you lose credibility.
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@beinsync (57)
• United States
20 Jan 07
Poe, i m new to US ... i came few months back from india and i like the people out here... since i m here mostly for work.. and i have gone places here.. i really like it... though its not like india... n to point to ... significantly there is no hsitory to US..... i think it wud hv been gr8 to see some old stuff.. everything looks reinnovated or brand new
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• United States
20 Jan 07
Thankyou!
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@nw1911guy (1135)
• United States
21 Jan 07
That is the significant thing we are missing in this country. We don't have the extensive history that the old countries do.
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@gifana (4838)
• Portugal
21 Jan 07
I do not think that our history "is the significant 'thing' that is missing in our country" in any way, shape, or form. It is a short history, yes, but it has shown much more progress in the last 200 years than any other. It's all we've got and we should be proud of it...not trying to knock it down.
• Indonesia
20 Jan 07
I used to live in the States long time ago. I love the States. I love the Big Apple, San Antonio (Texas), Hollywood (LA) and all the things going on there. There are lots of things to see there in America. Not to mention, so far we have to admit American do make good movies! Even if it's a British movie, when the Americans play in it, they plays far better than the Britons. This is my honest opinion.:)
• United States
20 Jan 07
Yes the entertainment here is great! Thats one thing I can vouch for, but the music here sucks. Better music over seas thats for sure!
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@pendragon (3354)
• United States
20 Jan 07
Thanks , that is the point I was trying to make...It's more like a scar putting something so trivial and crude next to something that beautiful and time-tested!
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@gifana (4838)
• Portugal
21 Jan 07
Be that as it may, America is America, we tend to do things our way. While I don't much like it in some places, the city government approved it. We don't have to like it if we don't want to. If enough people petitioned in those areas where there are such eyesores then they can be removed by the vote of the people. Instead of just talking about how bad it is go to the polls and change it.
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I saw that post too. And I don't understand why people like to spread so much hate. I also saw a posting about Toys R Us denying a baby the reward for being the first baby born in the US...so a discussion was posted encouraging people to join the campaign against Toys R Us. But what the discussion failed to mention is...13 days prior to starting the discussion, Toys R Us already changed their decision! Why post a discussion on a campaign against Toys R Us almost two weeks after the outcome was changed? It seems as if there are some people on here that enjoy spreading hate. I do not know why. I mean, I thought we were all supposed to come together here as a community to discuss thoughts and opinions. And even though I realize that hatred is an opinion...it is also a lack of education. So, thank you for posting your discussion! I am glad someone found a way to point out the errors and hope to give some enlightenment to those that do not understand and hate.
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• United States
21 Jan 07
i feel America is the best country to learn from.......i agree it has bad things along with good......but which country doesn't has that..................i love learning the kind of culture Americans follow......i love their approach towards growth.....i love theri mankind attitude......people are so caring and generous......
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@brimia (6584)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I think there are a lot of beautiful monuments and buildings throughout the country, especially in Washington DC. Of course there are more historic architecture and ruins in other parts of the world, as you said, the countries are much older. As for the Burger King...there are fast food restaurants EVERYWHERE around the world. However, if people didn't frequent these establishments, there wouldn't be so many. I myself rarely eat fast food and never eat at McDonald's or Burger King.
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@wahmoftwo (1298)
• United States
20 Jan 07
That other topic really ticked me off. You don't see people posting topics such as what I hate about Mexicans or what I hate about Indians. Why does everyone pass such harsh judgement on us? Are they jealous? I really don't get it.
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@gifana (4838)
• Portugal
21 Jan 07
I suggest that you go to high school and study American history again until you realize that although we are a young country we do have a history. The one thing that we don't have as much of as the others is our own culture. But we have many cultures....just about every one that exists because we are considered the melting pot of the world. I could make a list of many, many more significant things than the three that you mentioned. How about the natural bridge in Virginia, how about the beautiful memorials and monuments in our nation's capital, how about Niagara Falls, how about Yosemite National Park and Old Faithful, how about Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, how about the Alamo in San Antonio, how about Back Bay Boston, how about the USS Constitution in Charleston (launched in 1797 and still remains part of the U.S.Navy today making it the oldest commissioned warship still afloat in the world), how about the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, how about the giant redwood trees in Sequoia National Park in California, how about the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty (designed and donated to the US by a frenchman), how about the Everglades in Florida, the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest in Arizona, the Great Salt Lake in Utah, and this is only the tip of the iceberg. And you say there is nothing interesting in "America". In addition we have beautiful temples, churches and architectural masterpieces spanning two centuries. Also too many to list but include St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, the Old North Church in Boston, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., the cathedral basilica in St. Louis, the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a lot more that I am not aware of. How you can that Mount Rushmore "is just a bit of carving on a rock" is disgusting and dishonerable and downright ignorant. Maybe you don't walk down the street and see significant things but I have seen many great and beautiful throughout my travels in 46 of the 50 states. Add to this the fact that I have visited over 20 countries in Latin America, Europe and the Far East. I have seen many beautiful things in all of them. None of them can be compared to anything else. Each is unique in its own way just as what we have to boast about in the United States is unique. As Americans we should be proud of what we have accomplished in a little over 230 years, we have travelled farther in a shorter period of time by the grace of God and the millions of immigrants who took it upon themselves to help us win our freedom and grace our landscape with beauty.
• United States
21 Jan 07
Yes we have key west and the everglades, several caverns and so on... but our history only goes back so far. It's nothing against our country... and I as an american am proud of my country... not only have I attended HIGH SCHOOL but I am also a med student in MSU... thankyou very much!
@gabs8513 (48764)
• United Kingdom
21 Jan 07
Yes I read that post but did not respond to it as I was a bit annoyed about this Post I am in the UK and to me it makes no difference what is where and I don't think this Person had any right to criticize before looking into the History of America
@katenkim (240)
• Singapore
21 Jan 07
as you can see, USA has no culture, it's because the people now living there previously came from different parts of europe or from the north. so we cannot blame if no one practices any traditions
@nilzerous1 (2435)
• India
21 Jan 07
It would be better if you could give a link back to the original topic but anyway if someone wants to see the negative side of a country that must be the dreamland for the people living in the rest of the world, let him do so. But no one can deny the fact that if America has come to its present position without a rock-solid historical base, the rest of the world would like to erase their history also.
• India
21 Jan 07
no its not right to say that america is the latest discovery so it doesnot have any monuments or
@kmgupta (561)
• India
21 Jan 07
please don't discuss caste and race topic discuss healthy topic
• United States
21 Jan 07
I THINK WOMEN COMPLAIN TOO MUCH!
@berry9 (590)
• India
21 Jan 07
but the country has made so many achievements that most others have not and they are things you can be proud of.In ancient days there were art works and standind sculptures and buikldings raised in the other parts of the world especially in India and some asian countries.But things have changed now.people are so lousy.all those arts and crafts are erased off our thoughts little by little and people hardly show any interest in them.But you can be proud of your country that it is making valuable achievements that is serving human race to the highest today.