If I were ever going to write a post that would pretty much ensure I never receive the nod to run for President, this would be it.
I think Nationalism is dumb. There, I said it. I’m not talking about rooting for your favorite athlete in the Olympics; I’m talking about the belief that America and Americans in general are a superior breed of human than non-Americans.
This doesn’t mean that I am an anti-American fanatic. In fact, it’s just the opposite – I love America and I live here by choice. While I won’t go as far as the wicked media and tell you that America is the greatest country ever (how would one even begin to quantify such a statement?!), I will admit it’s a pretty sweet place to live, work, and raise a family.
(Clip from ‘The Newsroom’)
That said, the idea that an American is somehow inherently better than anyone else on Earth is ludicrous. It’s bordering on Nazism to think that one group of people is better than another, just because of how they look or where they hail from. Yet this constant talk of how great America is can’t help but instill an undeserved sense of entitlement to most Americans.
So how do we fix this? It certainly won’t be easy considering the USA has been self-proclaiming its greatness since the aftermath of WWI. The first step is for other educated, logical thinkers to renounce any notions that Americans are superior to people from other Nations. There are over 6 billion people on Earth and each one is born the same. Once we start to recognize this, we can begin working toward worldwide unity and acceptance, which will ultimately lead to world peace and a truly utopian society. Such an idealistic dream surely cannot be achieved with 300 million people claiming, for no reason other than regurgitating media garbage, that they are better than everyone else on the planet.