Do you view Americans in light of the US government, or separately?
They are not the same. The American people are a nation. The United States is a nation-state.
The problem is that the American people elect their government. You can't dissociate both that easily. When they elected Bush, they knew who he was, still they reelected him.
I think that I can separate Americans as individuals from their Government.
Even before coming to the US. When I lived in England, I met Americans as individuals. Even though as some have said here the US government is of the people, that government is only representative of the nations political thought.
The government is not the individual it is the group. I prefer to see past the group stereotype and look to the individual.
i used to view them separately but not anymore. i've watched the U.S. change over the last 20 years or so and it's time the people there take blame for how messed up they are becoming. they have given up the one thing that made them a great nation, it's called freedom. they have let terrorists win the war and they don't even want to admit it. it saddens me when i think about it.
Individual Americans are a mixed lot because this is a free nation. Some are for the government and some are not. The incombent government still represents the nation as a whole until the people decide different.
I have met people from all over the world and also traveled more than a couple of times to Mexico. I can tell you first hand, that us Americans are looked upon by the image the government has put out there. By and large we are not liked! The impressions I have received, are that Americans are generally egotistical, selfish, spoiled and power hungry.
We are not the same. The pledge of Allegiance starts out as "I". I, A unity of one. The Government is elected to serve the People. I don't know when it got turned around? Not the People serving the Government.
Thank you breathe2travel
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