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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saimne This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 27, 2010 at 1:04 pm
this is absolutely RIDICULOUS! this nation should not be held as responsible for the consumption of oil, when there are other countries, cough cough China, are consuming at the same rate! iraq has NOTHING to do with oil since we get more than enough from canada and south/central america! trigger happy? ha! other countries strike back? what have we done to them?! the only enemies we hav are authoritarian, corrupt, dictatorships who envy our DEMOCRACY!
1fitzy17 replied...
Aug. 27, 2010 at 10:40 pm
Thank you! Many people here in the US feel we aren't great. But we're spoiled! Almost every new government is based on ours.
spiritualrevelationrevealspainandrevolution replied...
Sept. 18, 2010 at 2:41 am
as a majority were definitely spoiled monetarily, but no matter how many nice things we have the blood of thousands of innocents still stain our flag
SakethBalaji replied...
Sept. 18, 2010 at 5:34 am

its because of your great government that you faced recession and your government is so afraid of indians and chinese stealing allthe jobs that you have to impose laws on companies to stop outsourcin

BTW indias government is not based on USA s and we are the worlds largest democracy

spiritualrevelationrevealspainandrevolution replied...
Sept. 18, 2010 at 12:54 pm
awesome man, but doesnt some of india have a class system? you guys should riot against that!, but again im not sure
cornflake52 said...
Aug. 5, 2010 at 7:15 pm
i love the headline! and its funny because you don't realize how messed up a place is if u live in it and seeing as even teens are realizing that america will collapse soon if we keep it up its probably worse then we think we know 
toxic.monkey said...
Jul. 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I cringed when I read your title. You knew that if you went there, you'd get a big bashing up, right?

   Okay, you might have facts, strong imagery, a scapegoat- very persuasive? not really. because most people today are ready to say that they or their ancestors hold fault for doing something wrong and continuing today, but they also know that they're not the only ones to blame. USA is not the only country that uses fossil fuels and lends money to countries. We as a world hav... (more »)

Seabosking05 said...
Jun. 22, 2010 at 6:43 pm
I also believe you left out that the UK is also a huge super country responsable for many worldd issues
saimne This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 27, 2010 at 1:13 pm
thank you! i was very irked when i saw the author was from outside this country!!
1fitzy17 replied...
Aug. 27, 2010 at 10:40 pm
Right. But we're the policemen and women of the world.
Leeniex3 said...
Jun. 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm
A agree with you all the way. This is exactly what I've been trying to tell people for forever now. It's jsut sad that very few of us realize these problems enough to actually think deep into them, and that very few is mostly the very few teens who aren't worried about getting intoxicated or texting. This world is going to s*** and honestly, when some astroid or some big stuff like that comes to destroy us, I will pity our race.
Seabosking05 said...
Jun. 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm
We truly are just the gangster of the world
saimne This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 27, 2010 at 1:08 pm
and the middle east isnt?! you're kidding right ?
1fitzy17 replied...
Aug. 27, 2010 at 10:44 pm
Who would win in a fight: 50 Cent of a guy from Al-Queda? Definetly 50, since after being shot 9 times from the hip, might I add, and considering terroists can barely aim (hahaha), I'll put my money on Mr. Jacksin.
spiritualrevelationrevealspainandrevolution replied...
Sept. 18, 2010 at 2:47 am

1.50s a disgrace to rap(only writes about money, women and power), try immortal technique, eminem(some), common, some jay z, tupac, nas, and maybe scarface and tech9

2. would you honestly want to test out the aim of terrorists, not defending them or any violent factions but seriously dude

WANDG4life said...
May 9, 2010 at 10:09 pm
me too! i think every counrty has problems, but we can start a generation of ideas to help with the problems and then the next generation can put those ideas into motion.
Cakai said...
May 9, 2010 at 7:24 pm
I suppose that Ignorance is International
DayofRain50 said...
Apr. 1, 2010 at 5:32 pm
I live in america, and i think our country has way too many problems, but so does every other country in the world. Really, the whole entire planet is just a huge mess so America cannot be the the only country to blame. Still, once i graduate i just wanna move somewhere else that isn't on a serious debate or the news every single day.
BlueRain replied...
Jun. 22, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Yes, I agree. You are correct, there are many many flaws in our country. But as a human race, everyone in the entire world has flaws. Some are more obvious than others, but they are still present.

Please don't blame America as a whole. Don't compare our government to the entire country like you compare one to tree to the entire forest. America is not bad as a whole. The people are not all bad. The reason why it looks so is because the government has been ignoring the will of it's citiz... (more »)

AgnotTheOdd replied...
Jul. 14, 2010 at 12:19 am
Instead of saying "well other countries have problems too" perhaps we could get to a point where we decide to fix out problems.  Other countries have problems too, but why whine about problems or pass them off as trivial when we have an opportunity to do something about it.  Go out into the world and do your best to make it better.  In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, "Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."  Yes we can excuse ourselves fo... (more »)
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