Top Ten 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

Just look at this big baby. Right now we're suffering from Covid-19, and this guy is doing nothing for his country other than sowing seeds of distrust, causing chaos, challenging our democracy with virtually no evidence of MASS voter fraud, making tweets that cause insurrection and his record before covid is horrible too. Look what he inflicted on poor Biden, broken and disunited nation, no plan for a vaccine, and a massacre of deaths each day. Horrible handling of Covid, Americans truly are idiots for listening to this orange clown!

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.

2 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.

Most of the facts that are placed on this website are false. First, after recounting the votes for bush many times, they found that Bush beat Al Gore Florida by several hundred votes. If one knows anything about voting, and how they are counted, one would know that Jeb had no chance of changing the vote in favor for his brother. As well, Obama has made the crisis in the Middle East far worse, along with increasing the national debt instead for cutting it in half. As well, Obama has been using Bush as a scape goat for all the problems that he himself made. George Bush was not the best president, I understand that. However, he was fR better then Obama is right now.

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.

Read this fool below me. So typical. Gets worse here daily here yet poor little fellow is so arrogant he thinks his generation will fix things. Our education system is same as 50 years ago and a lot of it is outright lies. We teach almost no science or math. Our younger generation are one of the fattest laziest and ignorant in our history. Funny how this non arrogant and informed American lacks or more likely just refuses to see these facts. He actually just proves how correct this statement really is. Poor lil kid

3 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 went to America and started talking to some citizens there I said I was from Canada and many of the ones I spoke to said "Where is that? " I do realize this doesn't represent all Americans
Many of the ones I spoke to also knew little of other countries too like England or Australia (yes these people have completed grade school)

They think that other countries are bad because of a few of there "products" I.E. some say Canada is bad because Canadian bacon is just ham, the "Canadian" bacon sold in the USA is from the USA packaged in Quebec, the only place to get real fresh Canadian bacon is Canada given its not fake.

I do realize this doesn't represent all Americans and some are very intelligent individuals (very little that I have seen).

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

I laughed at the fact of how idiotic you guys can be. If we evolved from animals, then why are there still animals? And why do human females give birth to other humans? You tell me. Even science is slowly closing in on the fact that there IS a force out there that created the universe. And if the Bible is an untrue book, then how has it lasted for millions of years and still manage to be the best selling book in the world today? You tell me. If you want to know why America is becoming stupid, it is because there are evolutionists in our government. America was founded by men of God, and it stayed that way until a couple of decades ago. Read this and understand, that there is a Being watching you right now, and even though you make mistakes, He still loves you. And He loves us all the same. Thank you.

I'm not a scientist, but I do believe that anyone will have a hard time refuting this without saying things that they don't understand.
The THEORY of Evolution says that for the past, I don't know, 6 billion years, the universe has been gaining complexity and improving itself through natural selection, mutation, etc.
The 2nd LAW of Thermodynamics states that as time goes on, entropy increases, meaning everything decays.
The two come into conflict. When this happens, the only sensible thing that can happen is for the THEORY to give way to the LAW. But that won't happen because people are too prideful and selfish to admit that there is a God to whom they must answer.

Evolution is a not a fact and there is tons of proof.
Plus, evolution supports two of our country's biggest problems. Abortion and Racism.

Since Evolution claims that the human baby grows in the womb by looking like a ton of different baby animal specimens, Abortionists use the excuse that they are just taking fish babies from the womb and the mothers are brainwashed by that. And it's all evolution's fault.

As for racism, the racists say that some races evolved further than others. They think Healthy White Americans are the best race and that all other peoples around the earth are nitwits. Once again, The evolution problem prevails again.

Look at Evolution, a peace of dust forms from nothing, somehow, and then collides with another piece of dust from which that piece came from nothing, and all of a sudden these two particles of dust form a planet a trillion times bigger then it. Not only one planet but millions of them, along with billions of stars. The theory of evolution sounds just as mysteries as God creating the earth if one asks me. This is why a good amount of scientists (not all) believe in Progressive Creation which means that God got the ball rolling and stepped in at times to alter the creation of life. We see this in the demise of the dinosaurs, how come the only time and asteroid significantly altered life is during the time of the dinosaurs. At no other time has an asteroid killed more then 70% of the population of earth other then the fall of the dinosaurs. An astroid hasn't even come close to 10% after than.

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

Land of the free means the government should not shove things like health care down peoples throats. People have the right to say no to health care. If health care becomes national, then the national government would increase to a greater size then it already is. That is bad because not only would one have to pay for the health care itself. But one would have to pay the increase in taxes because of the growing size of the government. Even a stupid American should know that increase in taxes means one has to pay more each year on April 15. Also what the guy below does not understand is that the bigger the government the more policies the government is able to enact. Which then means a demise to one liberties because more laws and policies regulate what Americans can do.
One may believe that this is an irrational view. Is it? No, because the government will further expand this initiative, over many years. Slowly taking away each action an American can do. I ask the people reading ...more

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

I mean, the United Kingdom has the NHS which, for the most part, is free healthcare. During the Pandemic it's been overrun but families haven't had to pay to literally survive. Americans have to pay to live.

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 ).

6 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

Nobody here is going to belive this but I'm 10 years old and I am in Algebra 1. I also know a lot of history and I have to say, before we made socialism apart of our education, that was excepted back then! Plus I did research and found out that Kids in other countries study more than we Americans do. And NASA is so desperate of new generation kids to be engineers and scientists that they are pushing this new thing called STEM.
S- Science
Way to go NASA. Why do my friends hate you so much. You did the right thing stressing that to our kids in the dumbed down education system. I am also homeschooled so I can study more

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

As a country that's surrounded by others influences, cultures and a nation with a large amount of ways to get to other countries, they don't know enough about the places they go to. Their education system is also to blame.

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.

8 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.

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.

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.

9 Americans shoot each other at an alarming rate

At days end American believe gun keep everything safe. When they lead the world in mass shooting. Well it might be possible, many thing they can take on the federal government.

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

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

10 America thinks they have the right to solve the worlds 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.

The Contenders
11 A higher percentage of American population is incarcerated than in any other first world nation

Where the heck are you people getting all of your facts from? In making your judgments, how did you set up your experiments to arrive at your conclusions? What was your sample size in interviewing the average american? from where did you interview these people?

How do you judge 319 million people as being the same? Sounds like all of you have a lot of growing up to do and have a lot to learn about america and its people. From the comments on here, the rest of the world is uninformed, because everything said on this site is all lies and completely false. Stop the hatred and false judgment please and lets all try to understand each other a little better and get along.

From, a parent who thinks your parents failed in raising you as decent human beings.

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.

12 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.

USA took the British systems of weights and measures and then altered them slightly just to be different. The metric system is SO much easier to use than the old 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.

13 Obesity rates in the United States lead to people thinking Americans are lazy and stupid

If you actually took the time to visit smaller towns, you'd realize that America is diverse and full of kind, caring people. There are a few bad apples, but every country has them. Just because you visited LA and New York doesn't mean you REALLY know us Americans. Contrary popular belief, we do not constantly eat Mcdonalds. I know lots of people who hate that fake "restaurant." I refuse to eat there, and my family rarely goes out for dinner. We make our own food. We buy eggs from a family friend who owns chickens, and often get tomatoes from another friend. We have our own concord grapes, and it's quite common to grow strawberries, or your own tomatoes in your backyard. I'm really skinny, and so is most of my family. Before you judge, take the time to really look at Americans.

Yes, I have heard this one. As an American, I will admit we are not the best of controlling obesity. We are very in obesity rates. In fact, I'm pretty sure we're at number 1. So yes, this I understand, but not "Americans vote Republican and that's bad."

Americans for the most part are not hard workers and are certainly amongst the laziest folks in the world. They love to take credit for the work of others. Example, they claim the space shuttle was a truly American accomplishment, ahead of it's time. Problem is it was primarily engineered by Canadians. When the Yanks forced the Canadian government to shut down it's AVRO Arrow program (blame the gutless PC's), the engineers went to work for NASA.

People in America still seem to think that being obese is the fault of the individual. Try telling them that it's actually the fault of the marketing of unhealthy sugary foods (especially to children) and a consumer society based around consuming more and more and more because it will make you happy, it doesn't work! They're not the brightest individuals when it comes to thinking critically about these issues...maybe because they've been manipulated by the system for so Long, who knows.

14 The United States is behind the curve in regard to racial equality

Recently, when singer and actress Rebecca Ferguson was invited to play Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, she agreed to do so on condition she could perform the song " Strange fruit " ( a song made famous by Billie Holiday and later Nina Simone that was inspired by the double lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in the thirties. A third victim, James Cameron, escaped and later founded America's Black Holocaust museum ). She was promptly disinvited, proof that the song retains its shocking unsettling potency and that the ideas about racism aren't much changed in the United States. Google or Bing it up, you will see that my sources are 100% true facts.

Every black jazz artist in the 50's and 60's were saying that in Europe they were treated as humans. Many American black jazz artists stayed in Europe and never did get back in the United States ( exept to give a concert once and a while ). We're living in the 21th century now and maybe some changes in rights and tolerant matters were made but it's still a common fact that a great percentage of Americans are racist or have prejudices against the black community. And I'm only talking about the black people here. When you put latino, Chinese... people in regard to American racial equality, I think you get the picture how America feels about racism.

Sure, the US elected a black president. But the fact that it was such a big deal is more evidence that the United States is still racially charged than it is color blind. So go ahead and celebrate your newfound acceptance, but don't forget that it is the 21st century and an alarming number of people believe that Obama is an African born Muslim... and far more importantly... that this is somehow a bad thing.

Hello, and I'm an Indian. You bloody Americans say that we treat our women poorly and are racist pigs but in reality, America hasn't had a woman president (India has, 2 times! ) and you stereotype every damn race on the planet! America and Americans are the stupidest people that have ever lived on the face of the Earth, and should be wiped out like they did to countless Natives in the area!

15 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?

16 American don't know about their own country

First of all, the correct word is doesn't*.
Might want to correct your grammatical errors before trying to bash Americans.
I know of some ignorant people who don't know much about history, but there are more people who fully know our history than those that do not. Before you discredit American intelligence, please realize that just because some people do things incorrectly or in a different way, that does not mean that all Americans are dumb or gullible. Before saying things about a country you have most likely visited, realize that we love our country as much as you love y66ours, and we are capable and intelligent beings that have done more for the world than most countries will ever achieve. Before you criticize America, criticize yourself. Your countries have problems just as much as we do.

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.

Just saying, "don't" is correct. It's just that there should be an "s" on American so it is pluralized and consistent with the rest of the statements. But then again, nobody has ever expected an American to know much about the king's English. It's not so much that Americans are stupid, it's that they think they know a hell of a lot more than they do and are unwilling accept the fact that they don't.

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.

17 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.

18 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.

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.

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.

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.

19 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.

20 Americans don't understand what Socialism means

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.

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.

This pisses me off. American needs to be a socialist country but we've been brainwashed by the right into thinking that it's bad

Socialism is an anathema to most USA people and yet parts of it would benefit USA so much. IT IS NOT COMMUNISM. At the moment USA is under a Fascist leader and yet no-one seems to care! Trump is/was a fascist. Forms of socialism can help the starving, the homeless, the disadvantaged, and does not have to be fully implemented.

21 They 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".

On the first comment about the rats experiments ; your view on the experiments has some good points but is wrong. First of all, surprising as it may seem at this time of modern scientific miracles, it is not known why the human body becomes physical addicted to some drugs. There are literally dozens of mechanisms and explanations. The leading explanation is the homeostatic theory ( the body tries to maintain equilibrium ). The parts of the body that are affected with the drug compensate for it after those parts become used and tolerant to having it present. One of the most important part is of course our brain which has a MFB ( Medial forebrain bundle ) that gives us the rewards and has the PVS ( Peri-Ventricular system ) that gives us the " punition ". In a human society there are the fundamental aggression based on hierarchies, different classes, social promotions, domination etc... The rats on the other hand were all equal in the cage ( they all had the same reward ). In a human ...more

22 They elected Donald Trump as new 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?

23 They 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.

Employers hire who they think is best suited for the job. Immigrants are willing to work harder too as they've lived in conditions you wouldn't even dream of. First in best dressed

24 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.

Agreed. The evangelicals are especially guilty of this, whining about same sex marriage and abortion while ignoring what Jesus actually taught. "Love thy neighbor" gave way to "looking' out for #1" and "I've got mine".

25 Americans are too close-minded

I was born in Moscow, raised in Piran, then raised in Winchester...but arriving to New York was well, you can call it a nightmare.

First, they always make assumptions about my gender since I have to admit, I'm a very androgynous person. They always think they're right and I just hate myself for it (WRONG)

Second, the kids older than I am make brash comments about me being a European"snotty, snobby, spoiled, all the...really?! And my accent...God, the students always make fun of me for it.

Third...well, they always call me a freak or a homo. I'm straight, goddamnit...those always look at the outward appearance. One even called me DUMB, just because I was blonde. (They don't know how much I always studied)

But not just I myself, others as well. Screw it, sea to shining sea my ass...

I've lived here my entire life, and I can testify to the fact that there are more than a few in this country who are as dumb as a rock! This closed mindedness is not restricted too any one ethnic group but I see it as rather an American thing. I've come too the conclusion that once you teach a person something, it is hard too break them out of those teachings.
A lack of education, and critical thinking are two of the things that help too perpetuate this ignorance, and closed mindedness in America today!

Get born - decide which side of politics you are on - that tells you whether guns are good or not, whether whites are supreme, where you will go to school etc etc - life planned out - no open mind on any subject.

I am from New England, not sure who said they sleep with their sisters... disgusting, and that's a first time I ever heard of this. But I will tell you, I'm often shocked when talking to people at how little they know of the world outside their front door. I guess because our country is too big and separated from the rest of the world? Growing up, my friends were from all over the world and I was fortunate to have family from Canada and was exposed quite young.

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