I am what you call a "true patriot." I choose to believe we are not the worst country, because there can be worse out there. People say we are the most racist country on Planet Earth, but looking at history, we are nowhere near being the first country to own slaves, NOR the LAST. People say America is intolerant, but I want to know what you think: Is America the worst country on planet earth like people say it is?
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I've never heard of anyone actually saying that America is the worst country in the world. If, indeed, there are people who do say that, you shouldn't take them serious already because they're totally generalizing things (and it's not fun to have discussions with people who generalize).
Personally, I've lived in America for about 1,5 years and I feel like I'm very informed about American culture. In fact, I've even become a little American myself in the time I lived there. However, I do have what I'd call a love-hate relationship with the US. There are things I like a lot about American and things I will never understand. I think my biggest love aspect connected with the US is its nature. I've travelled around America quite a bit and I think it would be hard for anyone to deny its natural beauty and diversity. Whether you're hiking in the vast forests of the north west, marvelling at the deep Canyons in southern California and Utah, sweating in the huge desert of Nevada or in the equally huge but very differently looking desert of Texas and New Mexico, whether you're watching the gators in the swamps of Florida or Louisiana or spending the night in the creepy-beautiful countryside of the Appalachian mountains, whether you're living in European-looking New England or in the flat nothingness of the midwest... it's simply amazing how much there is to see and to love in terms of flora, fauna, lakes, river, rocks, mountains, valleys, canyons forests... etc.
I also like the American people and their mentality a lot, though I don't find their opinions easy to bare sometimes.
On the other hand, I'm a very big critic of American politics (both domestic and foreign) and also of several socio-cultural aspects of America.
While I don't think that America is the worst (which, again, is very generalizing), I do think there are certain problems that are both unworthy and shameful for a country such as America.
I believe the two major reasons many of these shameful problems exist and are not acted upon are many Americans' inability to inform themselves about the rest of the world and, even more annoyingly, many Americans' extremely sentimentalist and overbearing patriotism. I am aware of the fact that this is a very European opinion but I can't see what's good about patriotism. I'm happy that I live in Switzerland but I'd never say I love my country. Patriotism - particularly in America, where it is often confused with outright nationalism - tends to make people react0