We live in a world connected by global trade, threatened by global environmental issues and global terrorism. Many of us regularly travel to and work with people from all over the world. How people think determines how they act as individuals and as groups and nations.
We did great things in WWII, but that was long long ago. My father got to take credit for that, but he is years dead now. I can take no credit for what he did long before I was born. The French remembered for two generations, but they are dead as well.
We are now judged by what we do this generation, and that's fair. I don't accept blame for things that happened before I was born, but I also accept no credit. Remember the american genocide was only twice as long ago as WWII.
While we are the largest player, we no longer dominate the global economy - that makes sense, we are a small fraction of the world's population. Countries can live without us and if the develop sufficiently negative opinions, they will do so.
In the last 40 years that I've been aware of the world I've seen great improvements. Children no longer believe nuclear annihilation is nearly inevitable the way they did when I was growing up. People no longer are starving in China. While some technologies like space have lagged, others have advanced dramatically.
Yes, there are problems: the middle east is a horror. Some parts of Africa are a horror. Most places though are better off, and on average improving.
Most of the US is better. We are wealthier, have better rights, better living conditions. Women and minorities are no longer treated as second class citizens. Crime rates are dropping.
We do have problems, in particular disparity is growing, so the poorest through middle class are doing worse relative to the wealthy. We've lost the ability to efficiently do large projects. Some of our civil rights are being eroded and we face near universal surveillance.
There are things to fix, but I see no reason to make a huge deviation from a path that has brought an unusual period of peace and prosperity to us and the world. (yes peace - the wars were are constantly fighting are bad, but nothing like the global conflicts the proceeded them - but still, I'd like out of the middle east).
My feeling transcend Trump. Our national self esteem should not be based on what other countries think of us.
Do you care what J's mom or sister thinks of you? Or that guy with that girl you met in the hotel lobby? Or, did you care about any of the March madness girls? You represent the typical American attitude more than I do, IMO.
Millions of us are sick of Obama apologizing because we are Americans. The French didn't seem to care when thousands of us died on another type of Dday.
You've been to Italy. Look at their leaders.
And I expected more from you than personal insults. I disagree with your tattoo position. I don't call you a 6 yo over it. Oh well.