I'd like to give an opinion as a non-American.
I think that there is in the U.S., as there is in all countries, a kind of ufanist patriotism that borders idolatry. I see that in my country too.
But how shameful to see people who speak of their own country in such hateful way. "Honour your parents" *includes* the nation.
America, whether anti-Americans like it or not is not the only, but by far the main reason the world has not become one big colony of the German National-Socialists or of the internationalist comunists.
America, whether anti-Americans like it or not, was for a very long time the inspiring model for the only way of ceasing material misery in the world. And no, it was not at the expense of poorer countries, it was not based on the "blood" of innocent. The poor have been exploided for millenia, the blood of the innocent has been spilled for probably even longer, but only since the market revolution initiated by Veneza in the medieval times, globalized by Portugal and Spain, industrialized by Great Britain and crowned by the U.S., has the extinction of material poverty ever became a real possibility. Crimes occur at the same time as the creation of wealth, but crimes cannot and have not produced anything positive. Ever. It is what is positive and particular to this "tradition of material prosperity" that is typical of the West, along with another positive Western tradition of liberty and redistribution of power that makes the West humanly more succesful than any other civilization today. That is why, despite the arrogant violence of the Muslims and the slave-based economy of China, unless they adopt Western economic and political traditions, the West will outlive them.
America, whether anti-Americans like it or not, may not be the only, but it certainly is the most surprising war winner who, having conquered and defeated certain nations *actually* retreated after the agreed time instead of commiting genocide to complete its conquerings.
If there are any moral vices in America today, they reveal themselves in a part of the country denying its tradition of power of the citizen, of minimum government, given up freedom for the dellusional pseudo-security of a more centralized and interfering government, giving up more and more the federation to become a increasingly unitarian state.
All those who are so fast to remind us about the importance of the hierarchy, of respecting the natural leaders that God has given us, should remember that in the choir of nations, America has been given leadership, at least for this historical period. All those so quick to bow to a title, should be the first to bow to the leadership of the U.S.
Now, I do not bow not out of disrespect or of bitterness. I stand before America because I know the difference between a competitor and an enemy. I'd like to see my own country, Brazil, being as wealthy as the U.S. is. And I know that the market is limited and that all the competitors will put a fierce fight. I wouldn't expect less, but I'm not afraid of the fight either. But that is *very* different from what current Muslim radicals, "progressists" and comunists are. They are not competitors. They are enemies. Competitors abide by the rules. Enemies want to destroy everything. They despise the rules, they despise the competitors. They think they are the ambassadors of a bright future and that being today the only representatives of this better future, they are above the rules and that every crime they commit cannot be judged by today's "corrupt" laws but only according to the "golden" rules of the future in their imagination.
Flags inside the temple are a nuisance, be it the national flag, or the Byzantine flag. It should be a place for all nations. But it makes me sick to see people bashing the U.S. with progressist slanderous propaganda.
Want to talk about slavery? Why don't we talk about the slavery occurring *right* now in Africa? Want to talk about "killing indians"? And what about the bloodbath that were the wars among the tribes even before the white men arrived? Or have we forgotten that these tribes showed a very early liking for firearms to murder their enemies? Want to talk about the evil influence of foreign habits? What about smoking, which kills more than wars in the whole world and which was a habit that the *indians* taught to the white men? Want to talk about oprresion of women? What about a quick look in the habits of "Mamma Africa" where women's clitoris are cut to prevent them from having sexual pleasure?
Gimme a break with this Western bashing through the bashing of the U.S., which became what it became, in all that it has of positive and negative, because it is, currently, the pinacle of what the West is. The West, because it *accepted*, *understood* and *lived* all the best virtues and traditions of all other civilizations that came before, has surpassed them all. It lost Orthodoxy in the way, but Orthodoxy also lost its traditional symphonic secular ally and that is why both suffer today more than both should.