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How Many Of You Hate America?

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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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400king said...
Dec. 28, 2009 at 11:30 am
america is what i call a shared monarchy. we elect a new king ever 4 to 8 years. think about it, the constitution tried to make a fair and equal three branches of gov't yet it's easily seen the president has far superior power. On the eve of the french revolution, where prices and taxes were extremely high, a mere 400 families of the entire contry owned 90% of the wealth and today in our country about 400 families own 90% of the wealth. Maybe our leaders should have paid more attention... (more »)
spiritualrevelationrevealspainandrevolution replied...
Jan. 28, 2011 at 1:40 am
i concur full heartedly my good man
400king replied...
Jan. 28, 2011 at 9:20 pm
thank you. glad this comment didnt get lost throughout time
Beta Slicer said...
Dec. 6, 2009 at 9:37 pm
Only one comment; your claim of the article is in the last paragraph only. It would be more persuasive if the claim was woven into the entire article instead of just the last few sentences. That, and, avoid answering your own rethorical questions. Other than that, your article is very well written and overall very nice! Just my two cents.
SilentLust said...
Nov. 14, 2009 at 7:50 pm
It's better than getting acid thrown in your eyes for speaking to your husband out of turn in Pakistan. I know America isn't perfect, but there is so much worse. The grass isn't always going to be greener. Stick up for what you believe in, but know that there are (some..maybe not a lot, but some) rational decisions behind every choice made.
fandangopink said...
Oct. 23, 2009 at 11:37 pm
I don't hate America. I just hate the American Government.
sprinkshine replied...
Jan. 13, 2010 at 7:48 pm
Me too. There are so many things they hide from us.
Keepusfree13 replied...
Jan. 20, 2010 at 1:12 pm
give me an example of things the American government hides from us.
cooliopixxx replied...
Jan. 20, 2010 at 4:46 pm
Uhm... can you say the real reason for the war in Afghanistan?
Keepusfree13 replied...
Jan. 21, 2010 at 10:43 am
does the date September 11th, 2001 mean anything to you?
Henry replied...
Jan. 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm
I was thinking the content of the healthcare bill that's being forcefully pushed through Congress. It's been kept a secret from the people as to what it actually says. Can you tell me?
Keepusfree13 replied...
Jan. 26, 2010 at 11:36 pm
That's a good point. Still, that's one thing. You don't have to say you hate the American government for that. You can say that you disagree with their policies.
Ryant T. said...
Oct. 7, 2009 at 9:18 pm
I completely agree and I'm American. Our country and constitution were built on democracy and capitalism, two things that are immensely different. We are taught to be greedy and live to spend. It is our purpose. Everything we do is for money and who gets it? The upper class. Who are a lot of the people in the upper class?
The people who in the government.
And who will they protect?
You have to be rich to have power. The rest of us are just peasents.
Sunshineyday said...
Oct. 7, 2009 at 2:06 pm
I can see where you are coming from, but one thing you must understand is that the government and the people are not the same. WE THE PEOPLE do not always agree with the government. We try to fight it, in many cases. It is the citizens' struggle, and it happens all over the world. I am willing to admit that America's government has done alot of bad things, as do all governemnts, The difference is America had lots of money and as the richest country in the world, the warlords have a ce... (more »)
The Lady Eilina said...
Oct. 6, 2009 at 1:32 pm
Listen, I am so proud and surprised and happy that this article has made it at all into the top 25. Thank you so much EVERYONE who has voted it well, and keep reading everyone. I will post more stuff soon.
Love ya all!
Liz_N11 said...
Oct. 4, 2009 at 5:04 am
I want to go to London
Ileana R. said...
Sept. 24, 2009 at 11:37 pm
Also, if we kept putting our guns up to other countries demanding money, how could we be in so much debt?
Ileana R. said...
Sept. 24, 2009 at 10:58 pm
Considering the fact that America and UK are allies, this isn't a very nice article. It's a well-written article, don't get me wrong! It just doesn't seem rational in my mind.
PK4evr This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 23, 2009 at 8:10 am
Yeah, I'm an American... haha... and I think that we need to behave more... :P. You speak with really strong feelings against Americans, however. How do you know that all of them are like that? I know America controls a third of the world's wealth- something along those lines- but there are the poor and middle class people here in America that haven't really done anything... like me... then again I'm a teenager... oh well, I like being American and all, but we do mess up a lo... (more »)
heyyy said...
Sept. 22, 2009 at 3:19 pm
I am PROUD to be an American!
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