I have never felt the US was a real country. Naturally, this has made quite a few people upset. I think this is more a result of the definition of what a country is. To me a country has things like:
– A specific race of people.
– A culture.
– An authority image.
– A religion or belief system.
– A tradition and way of life that is unique to its people.
A country is made up of a specific people in a specific land that have, for centuries, grown into a unique and special manifestation. In that sense, a country is ‘grown’, not made.
Many of the traits above are lacking in the US. The US, really, is just a hodge podge of different people living in the same area. As a result, I often jokingly call the US a ‘Confederation of Immigrants’. That’s really more accurate I think. It is an ‘agreement’ made between various immigrants from different cultures to live together in a peaceable and productive way. It’s this agreement that really defines the US. It’s not its culture, its beliefs, or anything like that.
The US has become a ‘blur’ of people of all nationalities. This has created all sorts of identity crisis and confusions as to who a person is in the US. It almost seems a ‘right of passage’ in American society to go through an identity crisis in the teenage years and into ones twenties. It’s almost become a way of life for some people.
This blurring of people has created a situation where many people of different nationalities staunchly defend their own identities and refuse to be Americanized.
And what is Americanization? In many ways, it’s nothing but becoming a consumer and a TV watcher. Frankly, that’s not much. In fact, it’s not only laughable but embarrassing compared to other countries. The more I look at it the more the US seems to lack a way of life, one of the big traits of a country.
The US also has a lacking in authority images. There is no real image of authority at all here. As a result, there is a lacking of the things authority produces like respect, morality, direction, etc.
Everywhere I turn I see traits that show the US is not a country, but a conglomeration of different people. As I said before, it looks more like a ‘Confederation of Immigrants’.