There’s so much hate out there for America that we have to be careful what we say. I would never rant on someone’s blog from another country how loathsome their nation is, but I see a lot of open criticism and ridicule of Americans by bloggers worldwide. It’s only America, slam away.
I’m sensitive about it because the stereotype they scorn isn’t me or anybody in my circle. I’m not fat, not stupid, not racist. Not obsessed with TV shows, social media, gadgets, the size of my boobs, or food–either junk food or health food. There are millions of us, we’re just not as loud and obnoxious as the owners of the lifestyles which get broadcast to the world and form the basis of false representation. And we seem to buy into it. Is this some kind of self-fulfilling prophecy? We suck, therefore we suck? Am I now required to assume my share of responsibility for America being fat and stupid?
Should we bail? I might consider making one more move in my life, but it would have to be somewhere pretty exceptional to drag me from Arizona. And anyway who’d have us? Best to stay here and work on self-respect.