How Many Of You Hate America?

August 21, 2009
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The common view of things is often different from the reality. They can be twisted, beautiful images that shield us from the truth. Sometimes people should think of it not as a shield, but as a blindfold. Because a world superpower is taking steps too far. By consuming more fossil fuels than is necessary, by standing still and making no military progression when it was needed, and by waging war on a country and attacking soldier and civilians over a mere dispute for oil. This “great” country, is America.

Many people look to America and sigh with envy at “the American Dream” . However, that dream cannot last long, while America is guzzling up precious resources left on a rapidly crowding planet. These figures speak for themselves about the evident greed of America:

Coal > Production
531,822,000 ton

Coal consumption

Commercial energy use

Electric power consumption > kWh
3,920,613,000,000 kWh

Electricity > Consumption
3,892,000,000,000 kWh

Gasoline prices

Geothermal power use

Natural gas > Consumption
652,900,000,000 cu m

Natural Gasoline > Production
12,275,000 ton

Nuclear electricity generation
780.1 terawatt-hours

Nuclear energy consumption
821.1 terawatt-hours

Nuclear reactors operable

Oil > Consumption
20,680,000 bbl/day

Oil > Exports
1,165,000 bbl/day

Oil > Production
8,457,000 bbl/day

Oil imports > Net
10,400,000 barrels per day

Oil reserves
22,450,000,000 barrels

Usage per person
8.35 TOE per person

Wall plugs > Voltage
110 V

Wind energy installation
6,740 MW

These crimes are forgivable, as other nations are guilty of many similar crimes, such as Brazilians chopping down the Amazon. But global warming is not the most important aspect that we can hold against America. America has extorted countries beyond the point of recovery. Equador, for example, was reduced to a poor scrabbling wreck once America dealt out loans to them. Now Equador only has 5% of its national budget to spend on public services, whilst the rest of the money goes into paying off foreign aid, almost all of which goes to America. Is this right? Is it fair that Americans can bully nations? Furthermore. America threatens, assasinates, and then goes to war with the presidents of countries who refused to run their countries as they like. The war with Iraq is a simple example. America wanted oil. Iran refused to give for no good reason. Why should we just let them do this to us? Us as a world?
Oh yes, because they have guns!

The U.S.A government is a trigger-happy collection of murderous power figures, They do so much to the world, and yet they have nuclear arms and their military to point at other nations, and say “give me your money!” They succeeded for so long due to pure fear, but now other countries have the chance to strike back. America doesn't have all the power anymore. A single grain of rice can tip a scale. Somehow, America has set in a system which everybody likes. A system where people don't think. Where they impulsively buy items that will break very soon. In America, only 10% of items bought for a house are kept for more than a month, and only 5% of those remain for 6 months. America designs products to be made so they break as soon as possible, but will still leave the client with faith in the product, enough so to buy themselves more.

But who benefits from this system?

The aristocrats do. Right up in their trees, lording over us. There are bankers who awarded themselves millions of dollars in bonuses whilst creating a recession that would cripple thousands of struggling individuals around the world. This doesn't cause stress for people living on government benefits, but for the people who are just above the poverty line. America makes those people struggle and work every day. It does so by enforcing a system where the elite (namely money-posessing) people take hold. Can nothing be done to create a fair and happy world?

Well, there is something you can do. You can be fair. You can be smart, and you can think before reaching for your credit card while watching an auction channel. You can PAUSE and WAIT before buying that “wonderful new shave”. We have to know our limitations, and stretch them. Whoever is reading this, YOU are the workforce. You are the people economically enslaved. There is hope. You can work together towards goals such as Project Venus, Save The Forests, Oil Conservation, and Fairtrade. These small lifestyle changes will help you sleep at night. How can we sleep after reading this, knowing that we are only here through the turmoil and suffering of potentially hundreds of other men, women and children.

When a child reaches to the future, who will have the heart to say, “we've used it up, son.”

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Pumpkinscout said...
Sept. 12, 2011 at 7:02 pm
I agree we should save our resources and waste less. After all, we are one of the biggest coutries so with so many people using so much, well we can definitely do to cut back on our energy usage. But it's not nice to bash other people's countries.
M.W.M. said...
Sept. 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm
yeah just forget about the fact that americans are some of the most charitable people on earth, and that the federal gov't spends hundreds of billions of dollars every year providing aid to other nations. just the last couple years millions were spont on haiti, japan, etc.  but dont criticize china which exploits its workers, murder its own people, and doesnt spend a fraction of what the us gov't doesn on international aid =P
Daydreambeliever57 said...
Aug. 17, 2011 at 11:27 am
This aarticle is unfortunately mostly true, and as an american i am very ashamed. however, the only part i don't agree with is when you said that we went to war with Iraq over oil. though this didturn out to be true, when we first went to war with Iraq, America was told that Iraq had Nuclear bombs. so that is the only thing you can't really blame the majority for.
Nijuly93 replied...
Sept. 4, 2011 at 4:01 pm
Didn't read the article, but as far as the title goes: I do! :)
Texas_Horsegirl said...
Aug. 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm
I am a 16 year old girl living in America. I'm happy with my freedom and our history. Do I have anything to do with the war or anything else you stated? No. I would live the american dream rather than being a woman with no rights in india. I am lucky to be where I am. Stop complianing and find somthing productive to do.
wedontshutup replied...
Aug. 19, 2011 at 11:23 am
btw Women in India got their rights in 1949. i suggest that you don't go by the stereotypes.
Daydreambeliever57 replied...
Sept. 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm
Women in America on average actually have less rights than most countries stereo-typed as extremely male-based.
savetheplanet replied...
Sept. 15, 2011 at 10:51 pm
Uh, excuse me?  I beg to differ, with the exception of us not having a femail president yet, women still have the most rights in America by far.
wedontshutup replied...
Oct. 14, 2011 at 9:09 am
no offence but that speaks for itself that how male dominated your society is.....
savetheplanet replied...
Oct. 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm
We have plenty of female politicians and we have elected our first African Amercian president, a female president isn't far behind.  Women in America have the mst opportunities.  Just saying.
Sacrifice said...
Aug. 5, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Okay, first of all, us Americans can bash our own country without you silly Europeans' help. Just sayin. :)

Second, why are you attacking America? What about China? What about EVERY OTHER DEVELOPED COUNTRY (and plenty of undeveloped countries) IN THE WORLD?! We have a large country, with a large number of people, and we can't just hop a train or bus everywhere we want to go. Therefore, we use a lot of natural resources. And yeah, there are those who are greedy and selfish and take more... (more »)

DerekW said...
Jul. 4, 2011 at 11:57 pm
moomoocow said...
Jun. 28, 2011 at 2:59 am
I'm an American so I couldn't help but feel offended by this. I do think that we use way more than we need but not everything about Ameica is bad. Every county has it's Pre and cons. All I ever hear on the news is about our obesity epidemic and the bad economy, oil consumption, ect. This was not the original Ameican dream! When our country was founded it was on a basis of everyone having a say and being democratic and free. Not all Americans are oil guzzling foreign country abusing power maniacs... (more »)
abnormal said...
Jun. 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Nicely put!!

I think that America could do better with things like fossil fuels, but that's no reason to suddenly pin us as a terrible country.

abnormal replied...
Jun. 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm


I was talking to swcricket98 for the nicely put.

swcricket98 said...
Jun. 26, 2011 at 1:17 am
As much as I'd love to join the 'I hate America!' party, this is just ridiculous. Honestly, maybe because you don't live in America, you don't understand the good things. We buy & use that much oil because there are that many people here. We need that much oil to run as a proper country. You have no understanding of what America is all about, and until you get off the computer and stop reading all of the bad news in the world and find out for yourself, I guess you never will.
throughthefire said...
Jun. 19, 2011 at 12:42 am
I agree with much of what you said, even as an american. But don't hate the country, hate the people you mentioned! Right now I'm being affected by this "Recession." The place where my mom works just spent over $500,000 on a new phone system (That nobody uses) and they are cutting everyone's pay. Well, except the administrators, who do nothing but sit around and do nothing. And while they're cutting pay for many faculty members, they're giving the administrators a RAISE. Just another example of ... (more »)
Shade925 replied...
Aug. 17, 2011 at 10:47 am
Your absolutely right. I see the same things where I live, and though I believe the article is right your point of not hating all of America is true.
Trevor_Eakes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 18, 2011 at 2:27 pm
I think you have a great factual article here. You should take a look at my article America's Global standing-How Well Liked Are We and see what you think. As an American I can symathize. I wouldn't pay to much attention to the ranting antics of the dull sarcastic coments about ideology instead of reality you have recieved from this controversial article. As a country with 5% of the world population consuming 27% of the resources on this planet something must change. If you want change though ju... (more »)
booksmaya This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 12, 2011 at 12:37 am
I understand where you are coming from, but you do not have the right to judge a country, as generous as America, when you have a Queen that's only job is to sit around taking the taxpayers money. America is a nation based on the fundamental values of freedom, justice, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, so that means if we want to buy something that may not last we do it because it makes us happy. To address your other points, don't just sit there and act as if your... (more »)
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