I think a lot of people out there suffer a bit from being a self-hating American — and sadly, I can kind of understand why.
While many Americans really are great people, and as a country we’ve done many wonderful things, often it’s all overshadowed by our flaws. In addition to our history of questionable foreign policies (understatement) and often lack of respect for human and civil rights, we also have produced Paris Hilton and other embarrassing pop culture-y jokes.
Anyway, despite invading Iraq unnecessarily, and also spawning the Kardashians, I still find it disheartening when Americans root against the United States in International sporting events, such as the World Cup or the Olympics.
You’re an American. Root for us. Wtf. Even if someone thinks they have legitimate reasons to root against the U.S. that go beyond a forced attempt at being provocative, I’m still not going to accept such acts of Benedict Arnoldism.
“Oh, I’m an Italian. I root for Italy in the World Cup.” Really, Italian? You’re family has been in this country for 250 years now. You can root for Italy, fine. But if it’s U.S. vs. Italy, you better be rooting for us.