Just saw a news story about Americans traveling abroad disguised as Canadians. I think it's been discussed here not too long ago. I'm sorry, but this is just wrong.<br><br>Granted, we're not as well-liked overseas as we once were. Many will say the sentiment is justified, just as many will say the opposite. Just the same, it's a fact. Even the State Dept. is warning travelers not to act the Ugly American for their own safety. Probably good advice. In fact, this would be the time to put the best possible face on th U.S. when overseas. Do what you can to take the edge off, so to speak. Mend a fence — if only on a person-to-person basis.<br><br>To be critical of your gov't when it's wrong is also an act of patriotism. But to cower behind another county's flag? Sorry. I say, enjoy your trip abroad. But when you're done, don't come back here. Head to Canada (or whatever other country's flag you're hiding under), and be a patriot there!<br><br>[/rant]<br><br>
I saw that on The Daily Show and it was hilarious. Especially the Canadian who was miffed these Americans were out there in foreign lands giving the Canucks a bad name by acting like Americans but trying to pass as Canadians. I was thinking of trying this but I just can't pass. (Never could skate.) I'm using my passport next Thursday and instead of a Maple Leaf I have a "Don't Blame Me I Didn't Vote For the AssWipe in the Cowboy Hat" T-Shirt. Works like a charm and I get free drinks!<br><br><br><br><br><br>
I agree that it sucks. What does it say of an American who's too terrified to own up to being one while being abroad? Especially considering how that's the perfect opportunity to show people the very best one's country can present, in terms of its proud citizenry. That some Americans abroad badly masquerade as faux-Canucks, thereby misrepresenting the Canadian character, is another matter altogether, one perhaps best left to another forum where the majority membership is more internationally represented.<br><br>Anyhow, I also agree with your statement that "To be critical of your gov't when it's wrong is also an act of patriotism." I don't think I could be more emphatic in agreeing with that sentiment. Anyone who stands up to the prevailing powers and voices one's dissenting opinion is a person whose courage I can only applaud. Too much group-think in the world as it is.<br><br>[color:red]max</font color=red>
I've read first person accounts from people that have traveled abroad that the whole "the world hates America" thing is overblown. <br><br>Take France....while they might hate our government (the feeling is mutual ,) I've heard they're warm and nice to Americans. <br><br>People love American culture. They want to dress like us, watch our movies, listen to our music, and come here to go to Disneyworld. <br><br>
They do and they don't. I advise you to go one step further from reading "first person accounts" and take a trip abroad yourself - try Western Europe. I predict doing so would both confirm and bely your own suppositions about the world's take on American culture. In other words, it's complicated. Like America is.<br><br>[color:red]max</font color=red>
Never been to Europe, but I want to go. Have been to Canada many times, particularly Toronto. I love it there, especially the strip clubs, clean streets, Blue Jays baseball and veggie burgers in restaurants!<br><br>
Hmmmm... appreciate what you're saying Bryan, but Canada's not the same... actually, try Montreal or Quebec city. That might give you more of a Euro-style reaction to your nationality. Or not. People are people wherever you go and some will be courteous and others will snub you for your country, failing to see the individual standing before them.<br><br>But regarding your enthusiasm for Toronto. Perhaps you've not been here lately. The famously clean Toronto has vanished. We are getting good and grotty now. I'm afraid we are becoming more like your big American cities - muchos guns and crime, the hole in the donut syndrome, snarled traffic trapped in gridlock hell.... ahh, the joys of the modern world.<br><br>(;->))<br><br>[color:red]max</font color=red>
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