Top 10 Reasons People Think Americans are Stupid

There are a great many wonderful inventions coming from the United States and many, many brilliant people behind them. Odds are, you found this site after performing a search on an American search engine, powered by American servers, created by students who attended an American University. You're also likely viewing the site using a web browser created by Americans running on an operating system produced by an American company. Even this site is hosted using a US created server operating system in a server room offered by an American company.

But all of that seems inconsequential compared to the growing sentiment around the world that all American are idiots. Just watch a single episode of Top Gear and you're bound to find at least one example of the hosts going out of their way to insult American intelligence.

In all fairness, sentiments like this rarely appear out of nowhere. There are definitely characteristics of the United States that paint Americans in a bad light that are listed below. But before you start spouting off about how "all Americans" are this or do that, bear in mind that the United States is a country of over 300 million people stretching across 6 time zones. For every racist, inbred, obese, Bible-thumpin' nitwit, there is and educated, rational, enlightened, well-meaning citizen to balance them out. Now if we could just get Americans to stop voting the former into office.
The Top Ten
1 A clown like Donald Trump is in the race for president

I am dumbfounded by how well Donald Trump is doing in the polls. I only met a couple people who actually want Trump for president, yet he is still the front runner on the Republican side. There is no way he believes half of the garbage he says, but he is acting like an idiot for the attention and ego boost. Many Americans are eating that garbage up like candy. This is what leads me to believe that many of my fellow Americans are stupid. The government is not a business, and most entrepreneurs only looks out for himself/herself rather than the greater good. Trump has no experience with what it takes to run a country and makes us look like bigoted, self absorbed, arrogant fools without compassion for suffering refugees. Perhaps Americans are smarter than we look though. People could be propping him up because we want a crazy fool running against who we really want to elect (while also highlighting what is wrong with the Tea Party Republicans we did elect), but then I can't explain ...more

This is such an obvious con job. Repeating a lie over and over again does not make it true. Unfortunately, it seems like Americans are too stupid to care about facts even when he IS called out. His supporters can never seem to come up with reasons why they like him in interviews, almost certainly because the reasons are too nefarious for T.V. (racial hatred, bigotry, just plain stupidity? ). Who knows, but this is very heartbreaking to watch. The optimistic American dream is being co-opted and replaced with pure unmitigated hatred, and I can only assume his supporters don't see what's really happening.

Even when violence breaks out of his rally, he dismissed it, saying it wasn't "really" violence. I shook my head, knowing exactly what he's really thinking: "You ain't seen nothing' yet." If this man hits the national platform, America could have a civil war on its hands.

When you have a. Candidate that does not understand finance, foreign policy and gets picked as the GOP nomination then it shows Americans are stupid. Most people think that the president has great power, but the reality is a president does not. Congress holds the power. People blame the president for the countries woes when in reality it falls on Congress. There are many websites that break all of this game
Down and I don't feel like writing a book. If people stopped watching Fox News or at the least compare Fox info against the BBC, Canadian news and any other American news agency they would realize how much garbage they are told and how much information is flawed from Fox. Add the fact that the Russians are trying to throw the election to Trump and people think this is an act of kindness for the American people...well stupid is as stupid does.

How can you take Donald Trump ( now president and not in the race for president ) as serious? He is now accusing Democrats and former president Obama for wiretapping his Trumptower ( there's no evidence found but he's acting like a paranoid individual ), he demands that Mexico should give the money for building his wall at the border, he is banning countries ( mostly Muslim countries ) for going in the US ( which is against freedom of religion and therefor against the US constitution. Not every Muslim is a terrorist! ), he says that giving money to reduce the global warming iniatives is a waste...of your money, he wants to kick out illegal immigrants who are not criminals ( why don't give them tests, papers and make them legal if they pass instead deportations? Not every illegal is a criminal ). The day that something really serious will happen in the US and prove his capacities as a leader, people will wonder about his reactions. People will say " Are his reactions serious or is he ...more

2 American arrogance

The world hates hearing from Americans how great America is. So many Americans tout the United States as the greatest country on earth and expect everyone else to agree, but everyone else is asking themselves "best at what? ". Sure there are still areas where the United States is a world leader such as in military strength, but are those really enough to make the claim of greatest country? Especially when the US is lagging behind in life expectancy, infant mortality, education, and overall happiness.

You could argue that it is this arrogance that engenders the most hate around the world but it is also the thing that is holding the United States back. So many Americans are so thoroughly convinced the American way is the best way that they refuse to look at the world around them. It takes true arrogance and stupidity to see someone else get better results than you are but refuse to try to adopt their methods.

When talking to American citizens, they know nearly nothing about things happening in other parts of the world. I'm not talking serious world issues such as war, I mean smaller things that people should know. I'm from Canada, and our country is beautiful-in both the winter and the summer. However, when Americans were asked their opinion on their Canadian neighbours, many responded that it would be a lovely place to visit if you enjoy snow and cold. Many believed that all Canadians lived in igloos. This just showed how close minded they were to other places. All the news they focus on is their own, and they believe that their country is the best when really the US lacks a lot that other countries thrive with.

In this list of top 10 we are referring to people in the United States as Americans. This is a prim example of the arrogance we have about ourselves and why other countries hate us. No person in the United States says, "I'm American" and is referring to the fact that he is part of two large continents including many other countries that are American also. They are referring to the fact that live in the United States. We not only thing we are the greatest at everything, we are so narcissistic that we don't even care to know about about other countries. "We're just the greatest and that's it, everyone else might as well be Kenya." stupid people we are!

I grew up in Boston and then went to university in Montreal and have lived there for 3 years now. After living in Canada for so long I have really come to see the us in a new light. People really are stupid! I mean I come home and try to explain things to my friends and families and they just tell me that "socialism won't work in the us", "the work ethic In America is stronger because we aren't socialist". I mean seriously? The work ethic in Canada or other dem soc countries is worse than in the us? They also tend to think about critical issues in policies strictly in terms of America. It's like they all live in a bubble. And forget trying to talk politics with an American, all they do is argue because they can't think rationally enough to have a decent debate/conversation about controversial issues. They also are too stubborn to learn from the opinions of others. I really hate visiting home...

3 A higher percentage of Americans do not believe in evolution than almost all other first world nations

Evolution is not the same as Pokémon, its not turning into another thing. (That's more like reincarnation) Why is God an invisible man? Why doesn't he come to earth? No Jesus cannot be God when he doesn't know when the rapture is. Another thing the Rapture, extreme bad weather, war its been happening before you where born, why would Jesus and the Devil come to earth and destroy it. Then all the Christians that believe go to Heaven while everyone else is tortured forever.

I believe in evolution and I even have two books on it in my room! The people who think evolution is not real are conservative religious people who believe in God to a very different level than the normal person. Like my great grandparents on my father's side would only read the bible to him and his sister and to themselves! They definitely did not believe in evolution!

The bible thumpers in our country can't wrap their lil brains around scientific processes or conclusions so they fall back on magical beings so as not to have to admit they are wrong or have to think about complicated subjects. Theory of evolution. Theory of gravity. Atomic theory. They let the word theory distract them from proof.

I mean, seriously - what is up with that? I know not all Americans are stupid, just like any other place on Earth... But come on creationists, why not vacate the bronze age and join us here in the 21st Century? Jeez... Evolution is as much of a fact as gravity. Get over it.

4 Americans elected George W. Bush, TWICE!

Finally! A political list that I can agree with (one that is not biased)! After all, that 2003 invasion of Iraq George W. Bush commanded only served to lead to ethnic conflict in the Middle East and lead to the rise of ISIS! Not to mention he caused an economic recession! And he left this whole mess for Barack Obama to clean, with him acting as the scapegoat for America's current problems. If George W. Bush can't be number 1 on Top 10 Worst United States Presidents, then he can be number 1 on this list. Congratulations, George W. Bush. Let's hope the next president we elect will take off from where Barack Obama went with the choices he made to fix the problems George W. Bush caused. P.S. George W. Bush ruined this country FIRST, not Barack Obama. This is me and my right to freedom of speech.

I voted him once never thinking he'd be a problem. I voted him out on the re election and try a new person. I'm suffering not getting driving lessons if having a learner's permit. Never again trust an oil person for president of the United States. I had trouble on the test answer questions of as learning differences. I was to go longer learning to drive. So many people are liking George W. Bush. They need their heads examined. Voters should be tested. Many of us thought John Kerry would screw up worse than the Bush/Cheney administration. Voters don't think straight or look at issues with certain people. There are politicians that people don't believe the issues with. I call the United States the land of the dumb and stupid for the Bush/Cheney administration re elected. The economy was ruined by them. My petition signature goal is 1,000,000. I'm a care2 and chan ge.o rg activist. Even a causes activist. Let's sign the petition.

George W. Bush ruined the republican party. He lead to having Donald Trump as president or the republican voters stupid enough to elect Donald Trump in the primaries. The only real good thing I think of George W. Bush is against Donald Trump. I suffer not getting driving lessons. It's a waiting list for behind the wheel with private driving schools and longer waiting lists for special needs for many reasons.

Thanks America for killing millions of innocent families in Iraq, leaving millions of people across the western hemisphere poor, and increasing mass shootings across the country, when other countries don't even have to deal with these issues. We were very close to keeping an era similar to the clinton era going in 2000, but America just HAD to make the stupid decision like they always do!

5 The United States is the only first world nation without universal health care

The biggest monopolies in this country are the corporations and they are conspiring with the government for their power and money. That's why the middle class melted down in this country and many people are suffering by the inhumanity of the wealthy's rules.

America's corporate media and right wing are only barking that Bernie is a horrible socialist and it is laughable in other developed countries. Other developed (NOT COMMUNIST) countries have Universal Health Care for all of their citizens and people living in their countries legally. Even undeveloped countries are trying to have this system.

So, why not? Many American billionaires don't show their true income and are hiding their income in tax havens in the Caribbean or other countries. Also, their tax is very low. Why shouldn't the wealthy pay fair taxes to pay for running Universal Health Care in America?

Also, politicians can fix other waste in the budget for Universal Health Care if THEY WANT to and IT IS ...more

They have plenty of " doctor " T.V. series ( ER, Grey's anatomy etc... ), plenty of reality " hollywood entertainment type " T.V. shows ( Dr. Phil, The Doctors etc... ) but in real life most of Americans can't afford to pay a visit to a doctor just because they can't pay their insurance. Whenever they hear " universal " or " social " they're thinking to lose their freedoms (? ). They prefer to die in the Streets rather than having a proper working Healthcare. I mean, come on, I read some comments here that are really stupid ( and this list is about that! ). They are really thinking that their system of Healthcare is the best. How more stupid can you be?

Worst of all and also the proof that they are stupid is that they think that a social Healthcare is a socialist government involvement. Social healthcares are different institutions ( you have the choice to pay your contribution to your institution you prefer ) that take care of the Healthcare funds ( and not the government ). Some institutions are linked with non-ruling political ideas and some are completely neutral. The contribution is equal ( whatever institution you choose ) and everybody can afford it. Also, the institutions are not based on " Insurance politics " ( the more you pay your Insurance the more you get ). Another reason why Americans are stupid ( or at least a great majority of them ) is that they really think that their system is the best ( just because they think that they are free to pay or not wanting to pay an Insurance ).

After Obamacare it will be Trumpcare which also won't work properly. Believe me. It's a proven fact that countries with a universal ( social is the correct term ) healthcare program are the best working healthcares. But yes, it has the word " social " in it which makes Americans very uncomfortable and nervous. They're proud of their " United " states but a " United " healthcare makes them crazy and stupid for that matter. They're prefering paying insurances that makes enormous profits beyond the backs of the people who are paying them than having a secure and guaranteed healthcare. They think that they are free if a government doesn't decide about healthcare but politicians and Insurance companies still makes the descisions and kicking the people in their faces. But Americans are too stupid, ignorant and too blind to actually understand those facts.

6 Americans don't know much about countries outside of America

I'm African and I've been asked by Americans if I spoke African. They did not realize that Africa is a continent where about 2000 different languages are spoken.
They think that in Africa, we keep tigers and monkeys as pets. They also asked me if we had cars in Africa.
They also think that the middle east is a complete war zone even though only 3 of them are.
This guy even tried to claim that America invented the first bomb, forgetting that the Chinese invented the first bomb and gun with black powder.

Americans are so full of themselves that it makes them the most ignorant people on the planet. Their stupidity is absolutely overwhelming.

To the people saying they aren't ignorant and american... we are just saying that most of the americans are ignorant and apparently a lot of americans think the same

Geographical ignorance is very common in the US, I have seen many instances where americans can not name the country's in Europe, and I always laugh when these americans say "Well you can't name our 50 states". Well let me tell you we did not ask you to list our states or provinces because that almost guarantees that you won't be able to answer the questions, whereas we are still able to name at least 2 american states

Americans can be pretty darn spoiled. Especially when you're a teen growing up here (yes I am American), people make up certain standards you have to live up to. It's like people have no clue what other countries are going through, we've got all the resources and everything other countries could only dream of, but people here just take it all for granted. 50% of food(which isn't even that healthy in the first place because of all the fats) gets thrown away. While a hungry person, not even an adult, a CHILD from Africa would do absolutely ANYTHING for a loaf of bread, and us Americans are just throwing most of the "luxury food" away, which is really disappointing because it only shows everyone how blind us Americans can really be.

Like the Wright brothers flight. The Wright brothers didn't invent the airplane. They invented the GLIDER. A glider is a plane that is ran without any motor. The real airplane was made by a Brazilian named Alberto Santos Dumont which flew over Paris and all of Europe knew he was the father of air travel. However, the stupid Americans still complain that the Wright brothers invented the airplane. Sure that their glider flew before Santos Dumont's airplane, but still Santos Dumont is the father of air travel.

7 Americans shoot each other at an alarming rate

I got myself a gun when I was fourteen but...I don't think that's a good idea.

As much as I really love it, I don't want gun ownership rights to be abused by people. Hell, I wish gun ownership was only used for professional purposes, not for random civilians who just want to look cool.

Look what happened. A few years ago, about 20 kids in our school got shot. Plus, everyone used to tease me and also this lone kid back at school because everyone else has a gun of their own.

Even if my finger will land itself on the trigger for the first time, I still think gun ownership isn't really necessary.

What's the point of owning a weapon, to defend yourself?!?! Guns are used for killing and destroy a family. Terrorists killing people is completely wrong but shooting someone because your defending yourself. Countries without guns have way less crimes and killing being done. I know that there are dangerous people in the USA and their mostly poor people who are in need of money because they can't get a good job because the completely failed school because they didn't care, their parents didn't care or the parents just don't have enough money because they or their parents didn't care

I first had the high rate of gun ownership here, but had to change that because it is not gun ownership that is really the issue. There are other countries that are even more armed than the US. The issue is that Americans use those guns on each other more than any other countries save those actively at war (counting drug wars).

And even that is only a part of the problem. People shooting each other is stupid. Americans who insist in defiance of all reason and rationale that guns keep them safe and are a God given right are the other part.

If, instead of continually amending your constitution you would instead bin the rag-earred monster then you would no longer have over 50% of your country shouting they have "the right to bear arms", when in fact, that was so over 300 years ago. Then, see the NRA off to Ireland where they can glorify guns all they want to and have a bit of a shoot-out with the IRA now and again to keep everybody's aim in good nick. What parent can feel good about rearing a child in the US knowing he or she has a 50% chance of being shot in class (and that is during the first 5 years of school), an additional 15% chance of being shot in upper levels of school (if they weren't killed the during first 5 years), and nearly 100% chance of being shot in the home of a gun-owning family member...even if "I don't know how they found my gun". Yes, you guessed it, I'm pulling those percentages out of thin air but sadly, they are probably somewhat close to the mark. You lot go on about "change"...start changing at ...more

8 America thinks they have the right to solve the world's problems, all while they can't even solve their own.

I don't think Americans even know how much their country is messing with everyone else's business. And this is coming from Serbia, so I guess you might be able to tell why I have such an opinion. Unless you are from America.

So true. We stick our nose into every countries business yet our country is a joke. Our government fails badly in everything it tries except starting wars.

Very true and I wish they'd stop getting involved in the worlds problems. Keep the stupidness over in the U.S, we don't want to catch it here.

Thanks to our past few crappy presidents, and by the looks of it, we aren't going to have a respectable leader in a while.

9 Americans don't understand what Socialism means

Socialism doesn't mean government involvement. Socialism is a political movement that strives at equality for social issues or problems. For instance, social Healthcare against the unfair " Healthcare Insurance ". This means that everybody should pay a equal contribution ( every month or every three months, depends ) and the contributions will go to a social fund afterwards. Whoever is sick, go to a doctor, needs an operation or medications, it's the fund that will take charges of the bill without affecting your contribution that you have to pay anyway. Because of the equality of the system, the contribution is the same for everybody ( poor people can afford to pay it ). Most Americans thinks that socialism is related to communism. It was related for a moment ( in the past ) till they separated from communism for political disagreement and so socialism became democratic socialism.

American educational system is producing uneducated but overconfident people. Polite factual debate is close to impossible with most people from the USA (based on experience) because as soon as your narrative doesn't resonate with them, they slide to abuse.
Supremacy complex is quite obvious in most cases. People tend to look down on foreigners for no obvious reasons, even when a foreigner proves himself better educated or knowledgeable about the subject.
When the argument is lost, a huge majority of Americans slide to personal insults.

Americans are so stupid. They cannot see that they are becoming dramatically poorer with each passing year and generation, in real terms. This is because they equate socialism with something bad instead of an alternative way to be more united and less divided in how things are run and potentially shared. Meanwhile, the true capitalists continue to milk every last cent from them, preventing them from collective bargaining by banishing unions, and even preventing them from speaking freely in the "Land of the Free" by legislating against demonstrations. America will not have to import slave labor soon; they will have their very own internal market.

To the response of Alpha101. My response or comment was based on a comment of Top Tenner Slayerite "...means more government involvement ". I should have written ( my mistake ) that Socialism doesn't mean " more " government involvement. About my definition. The Karl Marx theory of socialism was based on dialectic materialism as opposed to Hegel's absolute idealism. In dialectic materialism there are conflicts between economic classes. After feudalism we came in a new these : the Industrial employers of capitalism. This these will generate a antitheses ; the proletarian class ( working class ). The syntheses that will come out of this conflict is in Marx's view socialism. This view is now considered as absolute socialism. To stop this conflict which generates inequality between the classes it is necessary to maintain a equilibrium of economic productivity trough socialism otherwise there will be in time only very rich and very poor classes left. A rich class system that strives only ...more

10 Haven't switched to the metric system

When the metric system was introduced in France during the French Revolution the mathematician Condorcet said " It's for all people for all time ". Many countries followed at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century ( Holland, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain... ). Even Latin America adopted the metric system! The United States did not follow based on the following grounds, the cost ( typical American ) and the inconvenience of the change over. But American science had to adapt since important scientefic discoveries were made. One of them is the atomic weight based on the metric system ( the mole ). So, in this era of modern science it's almost becoming retarded to stick and to still learn the imperial system at schools. Every country had followed at time but because of their " money and time " issue are the United States still using the old ( and now almost obsolete ) system.

To be honest with you guys, this one should be blatantly obvious. We've already used it for so long, and now it would cost a lot of money to switch. Also, think of all the bussinesses that would be screwed over, like tape measurements and rulers and such. You can still use the metric system if you want, but it isn't considered the main measurement. The imperial system isn't that hard to grasp on anyways, I don't know why some people make such a big deal out of it.

The rest of the world has already switched and yet Americans expect the world to still convert for them. I work in the tech industry in Canada and every time we design something we have to do it in imperial because we do most of our exporting to the US. I find it extremely inconvenient for everyone.

What is wrong with you, Americans? I mean everybody use the metric system but you. Wherever you go on the earth but US and, ask people to tell how long 1m is, they will immediately tell you. That is what makes Americans stupid. Some of them even heard of the metric system. America I believe you can change it (It would be much easier then try to build a trump wall.)
from me to only country use feet rather then metre.

The Contenders
11 Americans brag a lot about their country

We brag so much about how great our own country is, we don't even look at other countries. For instance...

Japan is experiencing, and has been experiencing, very little inflation and corruption. Meanwhile in america... I think everyone and their mother knows what's going on.

As tourist, Americans are seen in other countries as visiting brats, expecting to be treated as royalty because they are spending money while putting down the customs and traditions of the countries they visit.

They brag because they're so unaware that there is other countries on Earth.
What do they even brag about anyway? Having the largest military in the world? That's all they basically have.
Seriously America needs to wake up.

And here is japan with their literacy rate 99%+, and their homocidal rates less than 1%. Haha stupid americans you think you are great. Yeah great in Hell. Many americans who are si called 'educated' don't even know what homocide is or literacy. Heck they don't even know that japan is in asia.

12 Americans are obsessed with social media

This here, is the most underrated choice, and the reason why the first option is voted. Why is Trump an "idiot? " Because Americans are ignorant people who do nothing but look at social media when you would have a much better time understanding by actually paying attention to all the speeches. The average American shouldn't be trusted with politics if we keep going down this path.

You mean brainwashed by and with social media. The powerful of the world couldn't ask for better, now they can control each and everyone.

That's not really true and not all Americans are obsessed with social media. Some non American are obsessed with social media, some not.

Don't most of us do? Even outside the US?

13 Americans elected Barack Obama, TWICE!

I admire Obama because of his stance on gun control, even though it has had little result. John Howard took a tough stance in the 1990s in Australia and the result is that no mass shooting has occurred since. Why would people be opposed to that. Whilst Howard did many questionable things during his Prime Ministership, the legacy left by his stance on gun control will be a long lasting and positive one, and bloody Americans should take note. Crush your guns in a compactor, and the stress will disappear.

Our issues have little to do with who our president is. It's our outdated and corrupt system that is the joke. Our Constitution was supposed to be amended as times and the world changed but like everything here the money grubbing and corruption took over everything too fast. That and the only people that want to be in our government are those that demand things are done only their way. Our brightest and best are never politicians.

He has us in a position with way less debt than we did when Bush left, he's a key factor in helping legalize gay marriage, and ObamaCare isn't very good but it's a step on the right track to Universal Healthcare, he has a pretty solid approval rating. He's overall a pretty good president, he just gets the short end of the stick because he came into office after Bush blew all our money that Clinton had us in and left Obama with a huge stack of debt and a bunch of unnecessary troops in Iraq killing innocent Iraqis, and so now we blame him for that.

Obama has done nothing but divide the country and alter numbers to make it seem like things have improved when in reality the US is slowly losing grip on whatever influence it had on the world and more countries are being less dependent on them. American ignorance (this coming from an American who is a Republican himself) believes a stereotype of pre-1970s South America when in reality almost all countries (mostly Chile and Colombia) there are developed, modern and becoming global powers. Despite their progress, Americans still believe that everyone besides us is poor, uneducated and needs our help. Obama sent John Kerry and Biden to meet with FARC forces (Colombian socialist guerrilla that has been dying out but still trying to cause problems) while in Cuba, to negotiate with them.. since when does the U.S negotiate with terrorists? This is why allies will end up breaking ties with us and thriving by themselves.

14 50% of the population thinks the earth is 6,000 years old

Funny but sad that it's true. That's because we ignore facts that go against what we believe or were told as kids. For instance most of us will say Christopher Columbus "discovered" America even though he never stepped foot on North American soil and if he did there was millions of people living there at the time anyway. We are told many ridiculous lies as kids and in school and never apply any thought to whether they make even basic sense.

In spite of objective facts and reality, there are many Americans that honestly believe that the earth is 6k years. This is astounding given that we have the evidence right in front of us, and they still deny it!

There is no evidence that the Earth is much older than 6k. Other than rock dating, there is nothing to prove how old the earth is. Science can't solve everything.

Sadly there are people here who do believe that steaming pile,but not where I live. Come to seattle Washington we definitely know better than that.

15 American’s scores on standardized tests are falling when compared to the rest of the world

I am a Chinese American and most of my family had their education in China. In China, the system has definitely changed a lot since the 1960s and yes, the Chinese are known for being some of the smartest people in the world. However, how do you define smartness? Test scores? Government policies? Ability to recall knowledge from books? Decision-making? Well, the Chinese are book smart which makes them good scientists, engineers, etc. Well folks, I've got news for you. America has a lot of scientists too and we are considered number one in terms of science and technology with China not too far behind. It is true when we say that the Chinese aren't good leaders because look at the Chinese culture and education: Memorize, repeat, follow the authority, etc. In that culture, you can't challenge authority, let alone impose your own. Oh, and for appreciation, in general, White American kids do appreciate things well because look at Chinese tiger moms who can't even appreciate an A- on a test ...more

That's because they give us too many stupid test and act like our grades reflect our intelligence. Most students are put under a lot of pressure especially with standardized testing which effects their performance. To top it all off the U.S has a new way of teaching kids called "Common Core" which is beyond stupid. (Thank God Texas doesn't have it. It's the only state that doesn't by the way) I'm a straight A student and I struggle with my little brothers homework because of how stupid and different Common Core is. I also don't think it's fair to base American intelligence off of a few stupid test scores. I mean, late stop and think about this who invented Apple out of their garage? A few Americans. (But I thought all of us were dumb) Who invented Google!?!?! Umm... just a few Americans. So stop basing our intelligence off of test scores because that's not an accurate depiction of how smart we really are and can be.

This isn't because Americans are stupid. This is due to the lack of funding to public schools, nationwide. Technically, this goes back to the government. Instead of screaming at kids and calling them stupid, elect somebody who will actually give more funding to public schools. Next, nobody is stupid. Just because a child gets a C or a D or an F on a test doesn't make them people who can't succeed in life. The people who succeed in life are the people who are smart in their own way. I very much doubt that Ludwig Van Beethoven got all A's. But does that mean he was homeless all his adult life? Well, you know the answer to that. He was smart in music. Another thing to point out is that children with F's in classes are the same kids who have bad lives at home, lazy teachers, and bad schools. Should children be shamed for something out of their hands? Of course not. Maybe, instead of poking fun at them for that one F they got, we should help enrich the children so they can help save the ...more

I personally believe that intelligence should be judged in more ways than math or science or language arts (this is coming from a straight student). Someone might be a amazing musician and have the ability to multiple instruments but if they aren't making good grades they're considered stupid.

All I'm trying to say is that just because Americans aren't making as good of scores on standardized tests as they used too they should not be considered unintelligent simply because of this fact. Some people are smarter in other things outside of what you're taught in school.

16 Americans are greedy towards petroleum products

Movie theaters and the New York Yankees at Pinstripe have ridiculous prices and people go to expensive things. People think greed is good. Invisalign prices should be about the same price as braces. Then there is fixing teeth without ugly looking and less discomfort. Most people still fix teeth with braces. There are people that think greed is good. They need their heads and hearts examined. We need power lines put in the grounds more affordable. I have petitions against greed on links below. I am a chan ge.o rg activist. We also had years of gas prices ridiculous. It's both oil company and government greed and a big part of the problem why the economy went out of shape in later 2007/earlier 2008.

Americans are the ones who don't want to invest in hybryd or electric cars and vehicles for the future. Americans are the ones who don't want to do anything about global warming and who want to keep pollution of the planet. So, yes, they are greedy because progressive ideas or plans about new energy economics don't interest them. Oh, yes, there is Donald Trump who came with the idea to build the wall on the Mexican border ( only if the Mexicans are paying for it ) with solar panels ( but only for the benefit of Americans ) so that they can show to the world that they care about alternative energies. Talking about a stupid american " progressive " arrogant and racist idea. It's all about the mighty dollar for greedy billionaires who wants more " here and now in MY lifetime " dollars. Greedy billionaires and rulers who don't care about long-term actions and who are trying to convince the less fortunate Americans that their plans will and are the best plans for the economy and the ...more

Not only petroleum products, but I think they have a general tendency to be wasteful. Many Americans have no concept of the production process, to get a product from its raw state to a finished product, and the effect this process has on the environment.

We just need a lot cause we have the 3rd biggest population and we are one of the leading countries in engineering. We are not the top for sure but we are up there. But spew do tend to be wasteful and I try to cut as much wasting as I can. Just a small part I play in the world.

17 Americans take drugs

Yeah, America is the only country that takes drugs. Like Germans, Canadians, Italians, and many, many more never tried a drug before. Weed is illegal in all countries except America. Yeah, really true.
SERIOUSLY THOUGH, are you joking? Many adults and old teenagers take drugs, even outside of America. Also, most legal adults are curious and try to take drugs, without expecting it can be addictive. They didn't want to be an addict. They DON'T want to suffer.
You can't just hate them because they take drugs, because if you did, you would be hating almost every country. Period.

The problem with this is that we have access to almost anything we want. This would be better if our correction facilities were more affective. There was a study done on rats that determine that one of the best ways not to be addicted to something is to have more human interaction. Humans want to be attached to something, wether it be people... or drugs. When the study was don the first time, the scientist put the rats in solitary cages with water laced with cocain and some plain water. The rats soon got addicted to the laced water and soon over dossed. When another scientist did it a second time, he put the rats in a cage with other rats, slides, food, and the rats could mate all they wanted. Basically a rat resort. He put the two types of water into the cage and almost all of the rats never became addicted and a very small percentage of the rats ever over dossed. Our correction facilities are like the solitary cages, so we need to create a correction system that is more like the rat ...more

What is even a "drug"? I think one important problem with drugs (in the world) that is rarely talked about is government dishonesty. Governments try so hard to keep people off drugs, they end up exaggerating, demonizing and lying about them. Plus they put them all in the same basket as if they were all the same. So, when somebody eventually tries some drug and sees it wasn't that bad (or truly good), they begin to try harder stuff until they find a bad one (meth/heroin) and they are gone. Drugs are just a tool, like any other, and as such can be used for good or stupidly.

There are many studies about the psychological effects of psychoactives, mainly LSD and mushrooms that show the overwhelming positive effects they can have... of course that would cut off on profits from Prozac (right Bayer?). just search for "lsd psychological studies".

That's an European thing too. But in Europe drugs like codeïne, ephedrine and others are free without a doctor prescription. And Marihuana is legal to buy and sell in holland. It's also legal to smoke it in different European countries. I think that Europe is more open minded when it comes to drugs. I Mean, you can go to jail in america because you have some weed in possession. How crazy sounds that?

18 A higher percentage of American population is incarcerated than in any other first world nation

True. And our war on drugs has made it exponentially worse too. Non violent people people that commit no crimes other than doing what some say is bad get their lives ruined. Half our presidents have had substance abuse issues yet we toss our otherwise harmless folks in prison for it. If only harming yourself I don't care if you smoke or inject or snort pig. Rapists and murderers commonly do less jail time than many non violent people.

It's called justice! You do something bad or wrong, you go to jail. It's not like you didn't know about it. You want to take the risk to do something bad or wrong you knew what to expect if you get caught. The only flaw of the system that doesn't work well is the reintegration in society after you did your time. This is a real issue but it seems that the law and the government is blind to see or to trying improve those issues.

Change your attitudes of ego neurosis, public whipping for child molesters, drug users, wife beaters, bank robbers, armed hold-ups, also police that use excessive force on claimed criminals when it is the courts authority to dish out punishment, not the pigs that drive squad cars.

It's a staggering problem and even though no one really knows how to fix it, the fact that it got so out of hand in the first place must be indicative of some level of incompetence.

19 Poor and middle class families vote for Republicans

That's because Republicans are pro-gun, pro-war, anti-Muslims, anti-abortion, anti-children, so what if the cater to wealth, think poverty is a choice and have no problem destroying this country for the "root of all evil" and than call themselves Christians. I have yet to find one republican to come up with a logical reason on why they vote and support the republicans. The only answer they can come up with is trash talk, name calling, blame gaming, hate stating, and lies that don't make any sense about the democrats, Obama, and now Hillary Clinton. Republicans would vote themselves into cardboard boxes to protect their take from the poor give to the rich political party it is the strangest thing I have every seen.

There are a few of ''sad ironies'' with this respect --contradictions the size of Texas.
One is that in the US people consider corporations as real persons --legal persons. This no only creates a political issue by allowing financial support, but in facts creates a situation in which a legal person, say a Bank, gets financial support, while struggling students without a job cannot even erase their loan by filing for Bankruptcy?!?
Another one is that often people wish to remove social welfare claiming that those who are incapable of supporting themselves are just lazy, but ignore that 150 Billions each year spent in welfare is cash spent to support corporations!?!

This isn't true, rich people tend to vote for republicans, and I will explain why. Richer people want to keep their money and don't want to spend it on taxes, so they vote republican/conservatives. The money that would be used in higher taxes will be used for welfare especially for the poor, and the taxes will be mostly for the rich. So poor people tend to vote liberal/democrats because they think that they need help and the rich can afford to pay the higher taxes

In the South, Republicans teach their children that they are patriotic and in favor of America and if you vote differently you are a traitor. As adults they have the inner conflict named cognitive dissonance in which even if you are presented with arguments such as "your candidate is racist, homophobic, xenophobic and misogynistic" they will find some type of incoherent logic to justify their inner ethical conflict.

20 Americans discriminate against immigrants applying for jobs

OK. For those who do no discriminate, can you please give me a chance? I have corporate management experience from Europe, I was Sales District Manager, Business Development Manager, I did wholesale financing, worked by way up. I was trained by American Corporation in Europe in several countries, I have business degree from Europe (Masters in Business, International Business, started to work on PhD in Management before I came here. I am fluent in English, I sent hundreds of resumes and after 16 years here nobody was interested in hiring me except of low paid administrative jobs offered to me. I live in Palm Beach County, Florida. I learn quickly, I have no problem to switch to other area of expertise. I have been working since I came to this country two jobs, got my Broker's real estate license (studying here is extremely easy for me), I have no problems with math, anything other people have problems with, but so far even when I mentioned that I would export cars (in the days when ...more

I still don't get why America does that. No baby is born racist, we are taught that from our parents and our peers. No baby is born saying a white baby is white and an African American baby is African American! We are all taught that and it is a very hard cycle to break.

My father has 50 years of experience with different countries. From Wake Island to Vietnam-in-war to Nigeria, my father is an expert. And who did they hire? The fresh white local who has no experience.

ALL Americans (unless they are Native Americans) are immigrants, so get a grip and see yourselves for who you are! In fact if we go back far enough, we are all immigrants from central Africa!

21 Americans elected Donald Trump as president

Donald Trump displayed all the skills and talents of a brilliant con man during the primaries and campaign. Anyone ever exposed to one, or who just saw one in the movies, could spot that a mile away. He also displayed clear signs of a serious personality disorder, believed by many medical professionals to be narcissistic personality disorder. As such, he is clearly a fraud and a fake, a professed racist and misogynist, a bully and a braggart. He has a clear resemblance to the personality of Mussolini, with strong authoritarian and fascist tendencies. He has a filthy mouth and displays disgusting, insulting behavior time and again. Most American parents agree they don't want their children to hear him or to emulate him. He has zero knowledge of anything related to government, foreign affairs, science, history...just about anything (he does not read books). He has displayed no empathy for others, yet holds the fate of all 7 billion humans on earth in his sick, greedy little ...more

One of his ideas was to build a wall at the border of Mexico to stop illegal immigration. I don't know of that idea was just a stunt to win some voters or not but if he put that idea really in practice it's for sure that their will be non-stop manifestations all over the country. Another idea of him was to renew the infrastructure of roads, Streets, bridges, tunnels etc... This will give a boost to the economy, true, but then again, so did Hitler in Germany ( he was the one who had the idea to build highways in Germany to increase the economy ). Is Donald Trump the new Adolf Hitler? Infrastructure-workings to help the economy and little by little beginning to stop foreigners giving access to start a life in the United States? Let's see how the future will be, but I have personnaly a bad feeling about him as new president.

This clown just cares for his own businesses and the profits of money he can make. Do you really think that his economic plans doesn't involve his businesses? Wall street is waiting for pro-business reforms ( they're already corrupted. They showed it in the past and they are greedy more than ever now. ). He wants to cut corporate and personal taxes. Meaning that big businesses ( and certainly the ones he have ) will make bigger profits. Where is he gonna cut corporate taxes? In the contributions they have to pay for their workers. Then only he can cut personal taxes. But that same cut will give the working people less money in the end because to win back that money he will inventing other taxes that will not affect big corporates but the working-class people. He's a capitalist greedy pig. Besides that he's a racist too if you look at his program about immigation, control of non-americans living there and even minorities like Afro-Americans. The United States are now The Divided States.

He will maybe succeed for the national economy but that are short term sollutions. What about dealing in the future? what about global socio-economic problems and issues, relations with all other big economic countries ( if countries don't agree with his policies in foreign affairs ), potential wars and crisis in Middle -east countries etc...? What about Healthcare in the United States, taxes that he wants to cut down...? So many things that will cost money on a global scale with money that are depending on his idea of economic growth. But will this be enough in the future to fill the dept he shall creating? I believe that he isn't qualified or at least not qualified enough to be a president?

22 Americans don't know about their own country

You need current events and all other things are meaningless? How can you understand current things if you don't know anything about social events of the past, popular knowledge of culture that changed the country on a social scale ( music, art, literature... )? Knowing about your own country is not only just know about what is happening now. I agree with the first comment when a music group ( even if you don't care about the group ) says that oddly enough Europeans know more about America than Americans do. They mean ( I saw the interview on YouTube ) that Europeans understand the background of what they are doing now. In other words, they understand the current thing because they know the history of it.

It's great to be proud of you country but come on! What if you lived in America BEFORE the Europeans arrived? What id you really were an American, a Native American? How would you view people stealing your land? Killing the animals you hunt? Damming the rivers you fish?
Would you fight to defend YOUR land against this new INVADER?

Learn about your history, Learn all about the geography of America now. Why on earth have you got Alaska? Why so many islands that have NOTHING to do with America?

Actually there's an interview by the group " The Cramps " on YouTube where they are saying that Europeans knows more about American music ( rockabilly, rock and roll, mid-sixties garage punk ) than the Americans. It's maybe a little bit out of context here but it shows or seems that a great percentage of Americans don't know much about their own cultural and social history of their country.

One time I met an American and I asked him, "Why did the Revolution happen? ". He said that he didn't know.

P.S. I already knew the answer. I just wanted to see how stupid he is.

23 Americans are falling more and more away from God

Americans want to say there's no God but if they'd read the bible, they'd realize how great of a lifestyle it's expresses to be. There is a God, Jesus Christ! Rather you believe or not, it's the truth. God doesn't bless a country out of no where. People pray for it! America was found up on Christianity. Since Americans have freedom of religion some were brainwashed, with all due respect, with other religions. Devil created religion. You can judge my opinion all you want but it's the truth. People believe all they hear now-a-days. Too easily confused and manipulated. Read the Holy Bible and you'll realize a lot. Read it spiritually not in the flesh. Pray and wait for something to happen. We aren't Gods children by nature, he chooses us to be by our actions. Hints the free will.

I am not Christian. I never have been and I never will be. Is that a bad thing? You know, we have freedom of religion for a reason. I shouldn't be criticised for not being Christian. I am not an atheist. I do think there is a greater force on this planet, but I don't think it is a specific one. The greater being is tasked with being what you need it to be. It can not change reality, yet it can comfort those in need of it and help clear the mind. I guess I don't have a religion really.

I'm hoping they fall from "God" quicker. Americans don't even know what being a Christian means anyway. They use Christianity for something to hide behind when they've just committed yet another sin. Half the time they wouldn't even realise whether what they've done is a sin or not.

Maybe it's because people are realizing that god don't bless America. If you see all the bad things that are happening in America, I think it's fair to believe that they're not so blessed.

24 Americans cannot see difference in cultural or religious groups

Kind of like Euro-trash who think that a huge country like the USA, containing 50 different states is all the same.
Pick any belief system at all, pick any lifestyle at all, pick any behavior at all, and it exists in substantial numbers somewhere in the USA.
Seattle, Washington and Miami, Florida, are further apart than London and Cairo, our diversity far exceeds any other country.
Deal with it.

Americans think that all cultures in an area are the same, such as thinking that all of Europe has one culture, same with Asia. They also cannot see that Christianity is divided into multiple branches such as Protestantism, Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Reformed, same with other beliefs. This shows their ignorance and stupidity in cultural affairs.

Not even people in the same areas are the same. Everyone has different ways of thinking.

Haha gotta agree with the guys regarding seattle and Florida totally different!

25 Americans believe a corporately controlled federal government doesn't hurt them

The lobbyists influence on Washington is insane. The amount of unchecked money that pours into superpacs undermine, to an extent, some of the founding principles of the US. It gives more power to the elite, not to the people and in the case of people such as the Koch brothers, it promotes their interests and manipulate the public into buying into these irrational ideas. With rulings like, 'corporations are people' and 'superpacs' the amount of influence that large corporations have on the US will only increase and then the real people's influence will decrease. It's a shame.

Would be better than the last 8 years of Charitable Organization that is running things.

Americans have no idea that the corporate sector controls the government.

Our government only listens to those protesters.

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