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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Talitha said...
May 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Wow, you must really hate America to spend your spare time looking up numbers to back up your feeble argument. How can you accuse America of bullying other countries when your own has a long list of transgressions throughout history? True, we are not perfect, but that does not change the following: 

America bailed out its allies in Europe after WWII, eventually dropping the debt.

America liberated the people of Afghanistan from an oppressive dictator. (Yes, I realize that a... (more »)

Hooray replied...
Jun. 11, 2011 at 5:49 pm
-claps loudly-
calleysings said...
May 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm
no offense to anyone, but hating america is kindof pointless. would you rather go to mexico, where people are killed on the streets everyday for a war over DRUGS? would you rather live somewhere where there is no clean water, or where women are forced to cover their faces? even in places like england, there are pickpockets around every corner. even if you don't agree with some things, life is never gonna be a utopia. we have to think about the alternatives.
Ahbreejerae replied...
May 9, 2011 at 11:51 am
Also though, America is just as bad as other countries. If America is superior to other countries, why do we have people being brutally murdered and then consumed, or tortured. Everywhere you go there is hate and pain. Poverty is also everywhere too, and FYI most women aren't forced to cover their faces with a Hijaab, its by choice:]
calleysings replied...
May 9, 2011 at 6:40 pm
well, while i do believe that there is some corruption, there are these things going on everywhere. i don't think that "america is superior". i am against a lot of things that the government does. however, i think that to hate america is somewhat narrow minded. the people that run this country are not only chosen by us, but generally have the interests of the country in mind. so we should spend less time blaming america and more time trying to fix the problems ... (more »)
Ahbreejerae replied...
May 10, 2011 at 12:44 am
I completely agree with you, and by my comment was just saying that I don't agree with a lot of the comments on here. It came across to myself that many were making America to be this "amazing and superior" place, when in reality we are all equal.
TheKing This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 1, 2011 at 1:12 am
As I read this article, I was among the ranks of those who "respectfully disagreed". That was until I read the authors comments. How dare you compare the actions of our government to that of a terrorists? This accusation is patronizing and arrogant, and incredibly disrespectful to the real victims of terrorism. The Oklahoma bombing, 1995 Japanese sarin attack, the Munich massacre, 9/11, these are real examples of terrorism. A group of extreemists in various social, religious, and government... (more »)
swcricket98 replied...
Jun. 26, 2011 at 1:24 am
I seriously want to bow down to you right now. Well said.
AnnaBaldwin said...
Apr. 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm
Viva la Revolucion......
Archangel1410 said...
Apr. 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm
Sorry but I have to disagree. And I happened to notice your are in the UK. No disrespect meant, but the UK isnt an innocent country either it copies most of what we(America) does. So it makes them just as bad as us. America isnt perfect, no one is, but think of it this way if we hadnt been there for the 2 World Wars and the wars after, I very much doubt that the UK and more than half of Europe would be here today. Including you. So While we do have our downsides, we make up for it. Funny how we ... (more »)
massacre said...
Apr. 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm
I'm afraid that I also have to respectfully disagree. I understand that America is by absolutely no means perfect, but all of the aristocrats and elites that you speak of make up only the top 1% of America. The rest of us are struglling along with the rest of the world, in one way or another. I know that the war in Iraq was the stupidest thing ever, for lack of a better phrase, but it is what it is.
CoolFoxx This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm
With all due respect, i disagree with you... I can see why you hate America, i can see how the statistics prove our flaws, i can't see though, how you forgot about the rest of the Americans... The aristocrats are there i assure you, the politicians and the big company CEO's.  But what about the rest of us, are you going to take your hate out on those of us who are innocent?
writerchick2095 said...
Apr. 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm
You're a powerful writer. It speaks with passion, and complete belief. However, I disagree with you completely. America does have problems, but all other countries do to. We, yes I am an American, have made some choices people don't agree with (some I don't even agree with), but thanks to the beauty of our system, we have the chance to change them. Some of the wars you indicate were not over oil, as it would seem on the surface to poeple uninvolved, but more to the inhuman treatment of humans in... (more »)
squeakyshoes said...
Mar. 31, 2011 at 7:37 pm
I would just like to point out. America had it's flaws, quite a few of them actually. Bu honestly every problem the world has ever created in not because of America, we have been here for less that 300 years. Everyone hates America. It's nothing new. Since we beat the British my dear friend the world has hated us. We don;t give many reasons for them not to.
ilovedayna said...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 6:47 pm
however, what are we gonna do now about the greenhouse gases and all that? we can't just take away everything that causes them. it'll take years to change our ways. america is about selfishness- to put it bluntly. people came here for their own freedom, and when they left, they weren't still thinking about the place they came from. i mean i'm sure they did but they came here to get rich. they came here for freedom of religion-FROM BRITAIN *cough cough*, and other countries. different countries h... (more »)
ilovedayna said...
Mar. 24, 2011 at 6:32 pm
This article has a lot of high points. it is an impressive essay, not stating the other point of view, which is obviously a strength. i live in america. it cracks me up how a lot of people write their own essay (practically) saying whether or not they agree or disagree. and all these posts that are so closed minded could also be something against us americans. 
TheAnarchist said...
Mar. 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm
Most points are very good, but by buying things that do not last, the whole economy improves, innovation improves.  You say America, I say Government.  Your Project Venus is a communist ideology though.  I saw the movies on YouTube.  I am an individualist.  I am a  voluntaryist.  No computer shall rule my life.
lblume1047 said...
Mar. 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm
We absolutely went to war with Iraq for oil. 9/11 was just good timing. Bush told people that it was because of 9/11, but really when we were supposed to be looking for terrorists, we were claiming major wells and drill sites.
SmileYourBeautiful said...
Mar. 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm

You have a right to your opinion but I’m afraid to say you’ve made some false statements. We went to war with Iraq due to 9/11. Not because of oil? We do not bully nations. You’ve gotten that completely wrong. The only time we ever step in with another country is when we see the wrong doing of people that is not right. And if we gave out financial aid to every country that we have and not had them pay us back, we wouldn’t have any money. Like we pretty much do right no... (more »)

CoolFoxx This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 6, 2011 at 7:55 pm
I agree with you, on some aspects.  When we step into a dispute or war, we choose which ones we go into.  We choose because America wants its share of the war profit; whether that be oil, weapons, land etc.
lizzyreilly said...
Feb. 24, 2011 at 9:23 am

American consumption might seem larger than the UK, but perhaps look at population differences to account for that. 310,877,000 people live in the US. Only 61,792,000 people live in the entire United Kingdom. That's about, if you'll excuse the estimation, five US citizens to every 1 UK citizen. Though, the US does consume 10 times more energy per capita than the UK. The US also produces more energy, though.

I believe that just because a country uses more energy does not mean they are e... (more »)

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