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

If he wins I'm building a bunker! America, please. You can not be seriously considering this blabbering fool to run your country. He's a businessman and a genuine capitalist and you guys think this will help you? Ask yourselves again what you think happens when a businessman and a capitalist that is probably also quite an egoist will do. Who will he think of firstly? I predict he will make it a lot easier for his own companies to pay less tax, to pay less salaries to their employees and so on.

You also think it's a good idea to kick out 6million people doing all the work yourselves would never touch? Who will clean up? He claims he will hit down hard on countries trying to make a buck in the US. Well lucky you! Go have business with yourselves then! Your only ally under Trump as president will be Russia. Fine with me! Import their onions and beetroot for all I care. He wants to build walls. This is the only place I agree with him. In fact, I'll even go further. Extend the walls ...more

He's not even qualified for the job. A clown who can't even cut his own hair correctly for President? Seriously. The only thing he does is talk. What is he really gonna do when he expects he can solve every problem in America on his own without even having a proper education? Nonsense. So you want some moron to lead out country into a war we can't win and our allies against us? For what, his lies? Who want to live in a country where a man dismisses women like their his own pets and thinks Blacks and the Spanish are thugs, rapist, and idiots who can't think for themselves? I'll be laughing so hard when I hear theirs another Civil War because of his stupidity as I watch Americans rip themselves apart.

Electing someone who have no political experience and political knowledge is very stupid but also very dangerous. Donald Trump won the election because of his " popular attitude ". The great danger of this is that such persons have many irrational ideas about politics which can be put in practice because of his " power " ( given by the people who elected him as president ) and therefor a great danger for the entire world. " Make America great again "? What does that really mean? America was build on crimes ( the extention of the native population, slavery in its most vicious way which gived the wealth and economic power to the US, Wilson who wiped out in the 20's rights of the working class, etc... ). American history is all about racism, corruption, crimes ( labor movements, civil rights movements, gay-right movements etc... have fought from the 20's till now their rights in horrible times ). So, what does mean " great again "? Horrible times based on racism ( maybe that's why during ...more

I would if he wins re election like to move to England or Canada. He's the worst president. I think for years people begged him to run. - demolition18

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2 Americans elected George W. Bush, TWICE!

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. - demolition18

Okay, Bushes reputation is bad but saying that he's downright the worst US president ever is probably just a bit over exaggerated. I honestly don't believe a lot of the 911 conspiracies but with all the pointless wars directly after with Iraq and Afghanistan, it became pretty obvious that we needed someone else. It's honestly just unbelievable just how flawed the 2004 election was.

His 2nd term really piled up at the end.
Outside Hurricane Katrina in which Bush could've definitely acted quicker, 2005 and 2006 honestly really weren't that bad but even still, we were showing some sings for a market crash and it really started to kick up during the spring-summer part of 2007. If anything, the recession of 2008 left a pretty bad hurt on the economy in decades. He also had some secret action in the prison system and torturing whoever was a suspected terrorists with

If anything, even outside these issues, I still really wouldn't necessarily go as far as to say that W Bush ...more

Despite being a American myself, this just utterly baffles me... why did we allow a dumbass to be president TWICE? Not only that, but his mess was so bad... that not even Obama could clean it up.

Was too young to vote for him. The people that did are complete idiots. - mingos1

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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.

Well I'm American, and I don't think America is the greatest country. ( For example, America Destroyed TWO CITIES with NUCLEAR POWER in WWII, and there shouldn't be a greatest country because all countries are great ( unless there not doing well). Besides, I know a lot of stuff ( I know all of the worlds countries, obscure bands, etc) No offense but I don't like the stereotyping of America. Just saying. - MusicalPony

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.

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...

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!

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

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.

They don't believe it because it's barely taught. The fundamentalist Christians control a lot of money and those with the money control policy, and words. They control how it's talked about. They make it should so stupid that a person could have evolved form a small mouse like creature that survived the dinosaur period. The leaders talk about it like evolution happens over night, they say, "look at a mouse, we are not mice. We look nothing like mice." and then they go into how god created us and some virgin had a kid and he was god, but not really god his dad was god, god just controlled his sons actions and then God had his son killed to forgive all the bad mistakes he had made in the couple thousand years prior to that when he was kind of a more bipolar god of war and punishment and because he duked the first two of his creations into eating an apple so he killed his son to make sure we know know that we don't have to kill things to bring him his praises anymore. Something like ...more

This seems to be the only country in which some Christians do not recognize that Old testament has been replaced by New testament. I would almost call it "radical" Christianity. Jesus Christ would turn in his grave to see how his followers hate, discriminate and misuse religion, just what he was fighting against and what he died for. Middle ages are over and there are actually open minded Christians in other countries, it is unbelievable how can people using this ideological craziness call themselves Christians. It went so far that now new pope seems to be enemy of some "so called Christians" who do not like his return to the original Christian roots where Jesus was taking care of poor, giving people hope, fighting against people using religion to enrich themselves and all the hate which in now open in the name of Christianity. I am appalled. Anyone should watch movie "Luther" and do some soul searching. Now people quote Old testament to justify their hate of LGBT community (my ...more

Put the biggest blame nowadays on Ken Ham. Who created the most infamous Creation Museum. There are other Creation Museums in the world but his is the most known. He also built the Ark Encounter for his beliefs on Noah's Ark. The only interesting things there are probably the zip wire, ice ring.

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

Hey idiot American... you have government funded military (too funded if you ask me), schools, transportation, police, etc. , but it is funding a system that helps each and every citizen that takes the country from being "the land of the free" to being a Communist state? Really? Wake up and smell the propaganda. It's insane that so many Americans have bought into the idea that universal health care is an attack on their freedoms. The rest of the world is laughing at you and your stupidity.

"The original definition for government is the basic and I mean basic necessities. That means food and water, shelter, and lastly protection of all threats. No where in there did I mention a trillion dollar entitlement society that has now grown into this. Universal healthcare is a bad idea, it slows down the medical process because it leaves the doctors at the mercy of congress and they are notoriously expedient and decisive. Wise up folks, do some research, this stuff is nasty.

It is not the job of the (American) government to provide for your health care."

Encore! - Juan-Luis

Being the land of the free should come with an asterisk. It should also state that you need to make a lot of money so you can afford to by health insurance. And if that doesn't happen to happen they you are still free to live in the streets and find whatever herbal medicines you can find to treat yourself. So Stupid that we put our selfs in groups in the United States. They should take the United part out of the Untied states and just start calling us Survival of the richest States. How do people not care that their "brothers" and "sisters" are not able to get something so basic of need as medical treatments, exams, etc. It's so Stupid!

Not only is the American system uneconomic but it produces the worst outcomes in terms of healthcare. Americans spends more than any other country on healthcare and yet in a world ranking index their healthcare outcomes are rated as 79th. Yet despite these facts, they still crow on about how their system is best. Idiots!

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 ).

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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

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 - lolingdog9000

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.

This is true, I'm not sure why it has negative votes. One student was told to be sent to the doctor because the school thought something was wrong with her. What was that? She liked dancing. You may not succeed in math, but it doesn't mean you can't be a great artist. You may not thrive in science, but you may become the next Freddie Mercury. Who knows? Also, grades are not always accurate. My grade is struggling in my math class because I lost work, but I understand it well. Kids in my class cheat on tests and get As without understanding the subject. - pandagirl

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.

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7 Americans elected Barack Obama, TWICE!

He is a great president. That's my opinion. - TopTensFan

Obama is rated as the 18th greatest president of USA, he inherited the Bush legacy, he came into officewith 2 wars on 2 continents, a Bush created budget deficit, gas was 5 dollars a gallon, now it is 1.87 a gallon,attempt to create Universal Health care derailed by the republican sissies in this country. Most Americans are stupid conformists for one can not underestimate the power of a group of stupid Americans.

Thank you! I'm a liberal and it's been so hard to find a list where Barack Obama is rightfully appreciated for all the right choices he has made. It's just that Republicans won't let Obama undo the damage to this country. That's why he had to use executive orders since the Democrats can't pass bills since Republicans would not approve of them! Pretty sad that a lot of popular users on TheTopTens hate him. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

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.

I love Barack obama

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

I'm having A recent distaste for Americans.
Most of it being pertinent to the propaganda and nationalism that they involve themselves in. Americans are one of the worst ranking first world countries apart from military, and thus most of it's budget is focused on having a large military.
Besides that unrelated topic, I've met way too many Americans that seem to think that countries outside of their's don't function-or function like mad max. It's increasingly frustrating to hear such a loud minority getting much louder on the internet. Not to mention so many Americans don't know anything outside of their country
(an American literally asked me if Australia and New Zealand are the same place when I went to go visit over there) and nothing is more infuriating than hearing a tourist say "wow this place/country is a lot more advanced than I thought"- of course coming out of a middle aged white lady that has 8 out of control kids and a barely functioning marriage

I just ...more

Full disclosure: I am American, and I am going to critique the following comment.

"After asking 10 Americans where Glasgow was. One private schooled well educated guy chirped up and was certain it was in Norway"

I'll start by saying, for one, this entire point is pretty ridiculous and broad. The general generic tone of this statement was set up to entice such comments as yours.

Think about what you're actually saying. (For whatever weird reasoning you had) You asked 10 Americans where Glasgow was, according to your vague statement we have to assume no Americans got that "correct." During this interaction you apparently also asked the Americans how educated they were(which is incredibly rude & pretentious after giving them, a presumably, unwanted pop quiz) and one bragged about their education only to get it wrong.

Well, for starters, if I asked you where Madison was, without cheating, you would have no idea where that was. You supposedly sampled ...more

After asking 10 Americans where Glasgow was. One private schooled well educated guy chirped up and was certain it was in Norway

They are generally not very educated. That's why we think they are stupid. In other countries, we put in so much effort to finish school so we could perhaps get a decent job, although we probably won't, while these spoiled Americans just complain abot having to get some basic knowledge in school, which they still don't because apparently they get trough life not knowing some basic that we had to learn in elementary school.

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9 Americans shoot each other at an alarming rate

This gun issue has got to be atop the list. When given the option of a very promising possiblity to save thousands of lives or being given the right to shoot @$#% these knuckleheads choose the right to shoot stuff every time. It's not even debatable in the US. 20 small children are shot, while at school and the best argument against guns is to "maybe ban assault rifles? " Stupid! Even stupider is the small percentage of American's that believe this Sandy hook elementary shooting along with all the other mass shoots that have happened in US are actually a hoax. They really truely believe that the government wants there guns so bad they are hiring actors to act out these horrific events to get people to change their minds on guns. So Stupid! Lastly, these same people who love there guns so much, so much that they would rather have their guns when knowing thousands of people in the US are going to die form them each year, these are the same people the are so so so against abortions. Is ...more

I'm very pro gun, but it is ridiculous how much hatred there is in this country. Shoot a guy for $43 dollars, shoot a man for texting in the theater, shoot a man for being elected president, shoot a man for not selling you drugs, shoot a man for smack talking, shoot a man because he has different views... It is all pretty ridiculous. There is only one reason to ever shoot anybody, and that is if he is endangering other people.

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.

Gang violence cause this not Americans at large. America has more gangs than all of Europe, Canada and Russia combined. No wonder we have so much gang violence.

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

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.

American society is made to keep you down once you're down. One wrong choice and you'll never be able to function in society due to a black mark so your only choice is to go back in the system

It's because the penal system isn't designed to reform. It is a source of cheap labor for a corrupt system.

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.

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.

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The Contenders

11 Haven't switched to the metric system

The metric system can switch by tens, hundreds, thousands, which is mostly by zeros. And metric units have many connections to each other.

The metric system is actually simple. - Pony

This is dumb, why would they do that when the metric system is so much better? just goes to show close minded they are and wanting to be special.

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.

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12 America thinks they have the right to solve the worlds problems, all while they can't even solve their own.

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.

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.

They can't cure their issues, but somehow can poke their nose into Iraq, Libya, Vietnam, etc. - styLIShT

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.

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

Not all Americans are fat, in fact, most aren't. But there are more obese Americans by percentage than there are in almost every other country in the world.

Obesity is linked to a lack of physical activity. A lack of physical activity implies laziness. Laziness often seems to align with stupidity. After all, weight management is a very simple formula - eat less, exercise more, lose weight. You'd have to be an idiot not to realize that.

The truth is that Americans are not lazy. In fact, they work more hours per year than most other countries including Japan, Korea, and the UK. But they are fat, no getting around that.

Actually Mexico just passed us. As of July 2014, half of the Mexican population is obese - greatesttop10s

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.

So America can't change because it's too big? Canada is bigger (yes we are - look it up) and we changed. And we have an awful lot of road signs out in the middle of nowhere that needed to be changed. Done. Canada is awesome. Also we have standardized bridge heights. Just saying.

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.

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

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.

I was surprised when I moved to the US some 5 years ago and found out people still caught up in black/white thing. I thought I was going to the greatest country in the world that has moved past race. Even when you apply for a job, go to the hospital, etc, people are made to fill out this form that asks what race they are. Very weird.

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.

The racist president that they elected proves it. Building walls at the border of Mexico, kicking out immigrants etc... Taxing import products for foreign countries just to be sure that you will be forced to buy American products only... Worst of all, Americans ( at least a majority ) are proud of the decisions of a racist president like Donald Trump.

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15 Americans are obsessed with social media

Not only Americans. - Userguy44

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

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.

I think Japan has us beat - westofohio

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16 American don't know about their own country

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.

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.

The war of 1812 happened america. Get over it.

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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.

I've met over 3,000 people. I only knew 1 person who believed this - westofohio

This is completely false I don't know anyone who believes this if you do you are an idiot.

Um... Seriously. Come on Americans are you that stupid?

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18 Americans are greedy towards petroleum products

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.

People here not having any knowledge in Economics thinks anything can just be made out of thin air practically. Just look at Fallout. They had inefficient machines and look where that landed them. - Slayerite

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.

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19 Americans brag a lot about their country

America is extremely narcissistic

Every time they say "God bless America", I feel pity for them in a bad way.

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 really think that they have everything and that other countries besides their own still lives in pre-wwII conditions. They think that they are the most advanced country in technology, culture etc.. but if you go outside their big cities in the United States of America you will find the dumbest people on earth.

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20 They take drugs

Not only Americans use drugs. - Userguy44

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 ...more

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21 They elected Donald Trump as new president

Donald Trump won by electoral college. Hilary Clinton won by popular vote. I unfriended people for support of Donald Trump. - demolition18

The country is ruled by billionaires ( most people hired by Donald Trump in the very top are billionaires ) and nobody else counts. 70% of Americans ( and voters ) are disfranchised and their representatives ( President Donald Trump and his yes-staff ) pay no attention in the 70% people's attitudes and preferences just because they don't know anything about being disfranchised. How to maintain supporting the people they're kicking in the face is in fact their only concern. American democracy is beginning to look like an oligarchy thanks to Donald Trump. Politicians and people all over the world are really laughing ( with his stupid tweets that are sometimes very offensive ) at this elected clown without any political knowledge. Political world issues ( or even political national issues ) is not like " making deals " for realestates. Is this really the rolemodel to represent their country that Americans want? Is that what makes America great? " I punch you back ten times harder when ...more

A man who denies global warming isn't a man who can be taken serious. Saying that it is a hoax of China ( when in reality it became a worldwide topic since American Al Gore's documentary " An incovenient truth " ) is just a hoax of him to cut down the Chinese economy. Also Cars like Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and so many others who are now trying to focus on electric and hybrid models in favor of their Diesel models are being criticised by Donald Trump and he has already the idea not to import their models anymore. If this man will continue his stupid ideas America will soon be forced to buy only American products ( but which will also lower down American export products. Outside America social -economic countries are not gonna incline to Trump's imposing ideas. Believe me! When his time as president will be finished America will fall into a economic crisis ( thanks to his irrational ideas to cut out other economic import-export countries ) and then America will pay the price. They really ...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.

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22 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

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.

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.

The funny thing is that they are all descendants of immigrants.

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23 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.

Actually, Socialism is EXACTLY that. Government involvement in the economy. Can you name me one Socialist country that has anything close to a free market? Don't know where you got your definition from. - Alpha101

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 ...more

People do not know what ito means but when hearing the word will go into a frenzy!

Just because they do not know what socialism really is ( they think it's soviet communism ) or means, is the reason why they will never have a proper working Healthcare, why they're electing a clown like Donald Trump, why immigration is almost seen as a crime, why... do I need to go on?

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24 Americans are falling more and more away from God

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. - OMFGserioisly

This shouldn't concern the world. Religion blows and your God isn't real. - Joey1111

Hell yeah, this is actually good. God SUCKS!

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.

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25 Americans are too close-minded

I am from Europe and I came to New Jersey last year to study and people just couldn't accept the culture differences. I was chocked by the things they would get mad about. It was definitely traumatizing, making me now much more shy and scared of saying whatever in front of any American, afraid that I will hurt their feelings.

I agree, I'm from the US and I swear most people think they know everything and can't even hear other's opinions out. That's why there are still a lot of racists and homophobic people here. - PopularStarfish

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!

A lot of Americans are pathologically sensitive, they can't handle constructive criticism. They are so stuck in their ways, and I strongly believe this is what makes them very socially unintelligent and unsuccessful.

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26 Many people think that the world is 2016 years old

Um, that is not true! There are some crazy people out there that think that but where I'm from, no one thinks like that. It is common knowledge that the earth is billions of years old and we are in the ad time period, and there was the be time period! The earth is super old

95% of American scientists believe the opposite - westofohio

I am thirteen years old and I know that the earth is approximately 4.6 billion years of age.

This is hard to believe. Everybody knows and especially the religious freaks all over America that the calendar has a after and a before zero based on the birth of Jesus.

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27 American students get scholarships to ivy league universities based on their athletic performance

This doesn't have any impact on an aggregate level... These numbers make up almost nobody, and many that do get in via athletics are required to maintain a certain GPA. Starting to lose credibility quickly over here.

That actually happens in some other countries too - styLIShT

Not all athletes are from the United States - westofohio

An athletic scholarship offers the chance for a student to study at a university as long as they play for that particular school in whatever sport they were given a scholarship for. Just because someone has a scholarship based on their athletic preformance does not determine whether or not they are intelligent or worthy of going to that school.

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28 Poor and middle class families vote for Republicans

The ideology of republicans are very close as the ancient Roman empire. " Give them bread and games to keep them happy ". The rich and the upperclass don't care about republicans or democrats. They only care for the economic power in their country and for capitalism. The poor and middle class believe in the ancient propaganda " bread and games " which republicans promise them ( in other words and contexts ) with so many fancy " stories " during their election campaigns. Another reason is " racism ". Many poor Americans blame ( because the republicans say so ) foreigners and immigrants for their situation ( " they are taking our jobs away. There are plenty of Americans without a job and we give them first at immigrants instead of us ". ). But saying that every poor American is a racist because of their situation isn't true. That's just republican propaganda. Also, don't forget that in fact many rich Americans are racists ( and also ...more

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.

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.

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

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29 Americans cannot see difference in cultural or religious groups

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.

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

To each his own

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

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30 It took 239 years to legalize gay marriage

So? Most countries in the world still haven't legalised it, and some countries have death penalty for homosexuality. This point is actually a plus point - styLIShT

Before democracy. Most of Europe would kill you for being gay - westofohio

If you read the comment above, it explains it all. Voting majority is uneducated, homophobic, racist, working class Americans.

And for 239 years right wingers have been pushing back on it and in some cases promoted violence. - Frouze

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31 American law is ridiculous

People don't even agree on prostitution legal. I educated them on prostitution legal. It should be 18 to play in casinos. - demolition18

When alcohol first came to England kids could drink it, till they made the 21 law, then lowered it to 18 some year in the 1960s. Kids can have a sip of it at home from the age of 8. Oh and Americans with their guns Do you realise The Beatles never had a chance to have a reunion? Any Simpsons fans miss Phil Hartman? So maybe guns DO KILL.

In fact ( and I'm not from the USA ) the juridicial system in the US is very effective and works very well compared to some countries in Europe. The juridicial system in Europe has waiting lists that can take years before a criminal is judged, flaws in the laws of proving / disproving, corruption of lawyers etc... I'm not saying that the American system works for 100% but it works better than most countries. As for the American laws, some are good and some are really ridiculous ( but that's not a reason to say why Americans are stupid ). In Europe you have also stupid laws but I have to agree that for many things some European laws are better compared to American laws.

I hate the Government over steping their bounders they always telling what not to do if an man over 50 want to start an family that's his business and if an 40 year old want to have an baby that's her business if people want to use salt or sugar in their food that's their business stop telling people how to run their lives

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32 They believe that "Asia" means "China"

That sounds like something one person may have said and you took it as "damn Americans are idiots", another case of taking one example and assuming 200 million+ people must be just as dumb. I've never heard anyone say they thought the entire continent of Asia was just China. Geography and History are two required classes we take all the way through primary schooling up until we graduate high school. unless you never payed attention in class this should have been drilled into your head pretty early.

China just happens to be one of Asian countries that is populated, including India. However when it comes to Indians, they're seen as "Muslims" when most of them are Hindus. In USA, a lot of China's products are being sold here but I guess that's no reason to think of Asia as China. It irks me when they see every Asian people as Chinese. It's okay to not know the difference, but they shouldn't automatically think "Chinese." This just makes them ignorant as they already are. They should be taught more on cultural differences.

If so, then what continent is India and the whole entire Middle East part of? You know, the term "Asia" was originally conceived in the time of Ancient Greece to describe the region that the Persian Empire was situated in. The Greeks didn't know about any "Asian" land east of India. Asia is the most populous of the 7 continents, and it includes everyone from Israelis to Indonesians, and all 5 of the major world religions were developed there, so I don't know why many people tend to associate this broad term with only one nationality. I'm an Asian American myself, so I've had to deal with such ignorance in public. One of my classmates called all Asians are filthy rich because of the Japanese. Someone should send them to a country such as Bangladesh or the Philippines to see how "rich" we really are. - ethanmeinster

How does that happen? How does nearly an entire country become so oblivious to what is outside of their border? Well Done America you have disgusted me once again.

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33 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.

Because they are brainwashed since baby

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

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

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34 Americans are conformists, they don't like progression

Make America great " again ". That's not progression, that's regression. Who wants a cold war again? racism like in the sixties and before that? etc... When was America great? To be great, America has to come with progressive ideas and plans and not trying to go back in their terrible history.

The word is a disguise for having someone control you

What word is a disguise? Comformist or progression? Progression is trying new things, comformism is staying in a zone you are used to without trying or even think about new things. I'm guessing that you mean that as long you stay put without willing to change another is at ease to control you.

For social issues that actually will improve their lifestyles ( social Healthcare, gunlaws etc... ) Americans are very unreceptive ( they even have repulsions for new ideas about improvements in social matters ). They're affraid of changes, progression just because they're stuck in their comfort zone wich their are affraid to lose ( at least they think that they're gonna lose their so-called freedom in the " now comfortable " state of being ).

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35 Many Americans believe "gun control" means "gun ban"

First of all, guns have only one purpose, to kill. Americans are always giving the argument that it's for protection. Comes two questions on my mind. Why do Americans pay taxes for police forces? Aren't they not supposed to protect? Second, why buying a unlimited quantity of guns if it's only for protection? Do you really need more than one gun to protect yourself? How come that the law allow to let you have a unlimited amount of guns and munition? Are they really surprised that of all civilized countries America is the only country that has everyday a mass-shooting? The Las Vegas massacre wouldn't have happened if owning guns were restricted. And bad guys or criminals will always be able to buy or own a gun. They don't follow the rules of law. But if there was a complete " gun ban " or a restricted " gun control " criminals would have more difficulties to obtain guns at black markets. That's a fact but Americans seems to not understand that. They think that only a " harder " ...more

So you support guns, well what about a Beatles reunion.
Do you watch Simpsons episodes and wonder what happened to Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz?

Too many of us only read the preamble to the second amendment. If you actually read the whole thing It states we need to have guns because at the time we had no standing army. So if invaded only the citizens could defend the country. We now have an army which makes the second amendment obsolete. But because we love killing and hate reading more than one sentence we blather on about our "right" to own guns. Makes the rest of us look like idiots.

Oh yeah. "It's your right as an American to own a gun" seriously? You all need to chill out about "your rights" that were written over 400 years ago.

America is messed up, seriously no offense. You say you hate ISIS and death to ISIS for killing innocents and causing terror in different countries? Look around you, I think you need to sort out your own country first. That exact same thing is happening everyday in the U.S by your own people. Wake up! - OMFGserioisly

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36 They elect Republicans

There are people that believe democrats are a bigger problem than republicans. I'd rather an independent or third party. Republicans are so selfish these days with also losing healthcare. - demolition18

The party whose platform denies science, including virtually unanimously accepted theories of evolution and climate change, and whose supporters want to shut down nearly all of the Federal government, including the things that were put in place to keep us from completely collapsing as a society - social security and medicare for our elderly, the EPA to keep poisons from our air, land and rivers, the Dept of Education to keep us from being even stupider, the IRS so we never have to pay taxes to pay for any of these commie programs... who would support a stupid party like that?

I have nothing against conservative users on this website, but I agree with this statement. I was raised as a liberal and I'm thankful that I know my choice isn't wrong. Maybe there is no right or wrong to this. It's just that Republicans need to change these things about them that won't be good for America in the long-term. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

They have not really many choices. It's one or the other. This is because their political system is corrupted. In Europe Democrat means political parties who are considered as left wing and left middle wing parties ( there are at least 20 different parties for that ) and Republicans stand for right wing and right middle wing parties ( who has also different parties for that ) but they are also considered as democratic parties. When more than one parties are elected by majority coalitions between the elected parties are formed ( meaning that different parties are the ruling government for the next four years ). This system is as a matter of fact much better than the American system. Because if Americans have choices between two parties they will also have the problem that if for those two parties two clowns are running for president, it's one clown or another clown! They notion about what democracy means is also corrupted. Democracy comes from the greek word " Demo-cratia " ...more

It's possible that there IS such a thing as a rational republican, but you'll never see his/her face, or hear his/her name. You'll only get anonymous comments in top ten lists. Republicans will turn on any such "infidel" who dares show such "moderation", and tear them to pieces. The so-called party of Accountability and Personal Responsibility KNOWS that it's always Obama's fault. Oh wait he's not up for re-election. So now the party-line is "It's the evil left-wing media's fault."

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37 Americans like rap and pop more than rock and metal

I don't think that intelligence should be defined by taste in music. - lolingdog9000

Ok this is a stupid argument, how is rap & pop thrown into the same category? Rap actually has some of the most intellectually stimulating lyrics of all genres, if you only listen tk what is on the radio then you don't have the full picture. Oh by the way I like rock just as much with r&b, reggae, some jazz. Anyone who believes an entire genre is superior to another is ignorant, for example skinheads have created some rock music with anti-semetic remarks and racism. I think we should put most music today is dumbed down, but that's more because those whonare smart realize they can't make a living off of music these days with the music industry being gutted due to greedy record labels screwing over artists and illegal downloads.

People are forgetting that Rock has its roots in black music. Black Blues singers who were singing their misery created a more danceable form of Blues called Rhythm and Blues during the forties / fifties. It took a white singer ( Elvis Presley in 1954 mixed black music with white music ) to open the doors at a white audience for this kind of music that was segregated. From there on Rock progressed in subgenres ( Hardrock, Metal etc... ) during the sixties and seventies. Pop music comes from the word POPular music which change in style every generation. Rap music has its roots in black music ( Soul, Funk etc... ) and is almost as popular as pop music now. It's strange that we still have a lot of racism and segregation in the U.S. while we're basically listening to black music that became " popular " ( white pop, black R&B which is the black pop music, white rap, Rock, Metal,... ) and we still separate these forms of music in white or black music. Nowadays Rock and Metal is concidered ...more

Rap is becoming ridiculous. In the beginning, rap was concidered as purely " Black power " expression ( groups like " The Last Poets " in the sixties and seventies ). Late seventies and in the eighties it was still " ghetto " music ( Grandmaster Flash, Public Enemy... ). When it became popular to white kids it lost all his " black " meanings. White people of all different classes are listening to rap now, but if you ask them about sixties and seventies funk or soul they don't have any knowledge about that ( some do but that's really a minority. ). It's like there's no blood running in their veins anymore. They take a beat, put some lyrics over it, shoot a videoclip with nonsense, and there it is! The meaning of rap is gone!

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38 Members from both political parties cannot argue properly or think critically

This has to be the most vulgar election in American history.

Then only have there own interest at heart is why no righteousness

We have more than 2 political parties buddy. There are just two big ones that you have to generalize yourself under in order to become known in American politcs

I fully believe in nonpartisan-ism, living in Nebraska. Screw both parties when neither does what the populace wants. - Slayerite

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39 Americans support illegal occupations

Israel enough said

Israel is every religions holy land and since religions are all a farce that's the worst example. But yes indeed we will bomb, takeover or ruin other countries for our selfish reasons. I love the which are? I'll wait fool. Most map lines were drawn after world wars I and I I with very little regard for cultures or histories. Get informed or don't make stupid comments proving they are right about how dumb most of us Americans are

Very true by sending trillion dollars to contribute to the unholy stolen land of Israel

This is so true.

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40 Americans call football "soccer"

I've got an idea, let's invent a sport and call it football, even though there is already a sport called football, and even though this new sport mostly uses your hands.
Oh, and we'll base the new sport mostly around rugby, but make everyone wear loads of stupid clothing and padding.
And when 90% of the world refuse to take to this new sport and decide to continue watching actual football, let's just cover our ears and go la la la la la...

We call it soccer because if we call soccer football we will be confused with American football and football (aka soccer). - Ilovestephanie

Football uses your feet that why its football.

I know. I live in canada and I hate it that canada and the united states call it soccer while the other 98% call it football. I myself call it football. I still call the NFL american football but call soccer just regular football.

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41 Americans misuse the English language with wrong words and spelling

The person who put this here must be dumber than his/her concepts of Americans. - MrCoolC

The annoying thing is that out of every 6 English speakers, only 1 of them does it properly.

HEY! It's called a different dialect of language, not misusing. We only use different words. This reason does nothing to prove how we are stupid. - Slayerite

PETROL is liquid, stop calling it gas.

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42 The U.S. is seemingly one of the most dangerous countries in the world

They're war mongers. Nothing appeals to an American than conflict and the "Glory" it brings for example WW2 the US impact on the war helped win the war quicker granted but it wasn't needed even if the the UK was struggling to hold the western front the USSR had the Eastern front in the bag. Al the US did was focus on Japan and would've lost to them if they didn't attempt genocide, scientists theorised that the A bomb could ignite the earths atmosphere and they dropped it anyway. And after WW2 the US invaded Vietnam for less than justified reason and lost but even though that is a fact a lot of Americans believe they won that conflict.

Yes they are, the are the worlds biggest hypocrites. They invaded Iraq for oil. They lied to the world about it and got caught (non existent weapons of mass destruction). How many millions of Iraqies citizens have died as a result. Then they run away as they always do and now we have ISIS. Just another Vietnam. Yanks will never learn and will keep making the same dangerous mistakes.

Seemingly? LMFAO! Yeah, because we have a lot of dumb hicks who start frothing at the mouth whenever you mention gun control, they are Legion, and about as charming as that Devil. These are the jokers who shoot people on their porches and go to jail for eighteen years, duh! Why were they born, why? Europe, we want to send that teeming refuse back to you! Like yesterday!

I'd say the most dangerous! I've lived all over the world and I've always felt pretty safe but I wouldn't dare live somewhere in the countryside of US all alone! that's an invitation for getting raped or murdered

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43 Americans still practice capital punishment

I think this should be practiced more, as our prisons fill up and more are built because of our stupidly violent citizens. The government doesn't understand that getting stuck in a cell until you die of old age is worse than the death penalty

That's because they have " rights " to buy guns. If someone kills a person or persons with a gun knowing that there's no risk of death penalty, there would be more killings. Only if guns should be banned for 100%, only then you can think of punishments where death penalty is banned also. But the United States has such a long history of " laws to buy guns " that it would be very difficult and complex to change their laws about guncontrol and punishments. What about serial killers who don't use guns to kill their victims? Should they be punished with death penalty or be concidered as a not normal person and therefore locked up in psychiatric facillities? So many different cases that changing laws is easier to say than actually put it in practice.

If someone takes the life of an innocent person, the murderer deserves to die himself.

This is only with the harshest of acts. So yeah, you will most likely be sent to death if you blow up a town or a school. That's just how it is. - Icantbelieveitsnotbutter

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44 They idolize bad music artists

They have actually many good music artists but for some reasons those artists never gets the attention they deserving. They stay unknown. On the other hand they have many bad music artists and those ones gets all the attentions. So, yes it's true, they idolize bad music artists. There is one positive thing, that is that not " every " American Idolize the bad artists because luckely a very low percentage of Americans Idolize the good artists.

I know it's all subjective, but I judge people this way too. If I ever have hateful thoughts of America, this is why.

You brought Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Jonas Brothers, Carrie Underwood to the world! Dumbasses.

Unfortunately true a lot of people here listen and idolize idiots.

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45 People actually believe Obama has something to do with gas prices

Wanna know what it really is, it is the big corporations, trying to make democrats look bad so more republicans can be in office, to vote for policies that support other big corporations

It's not Obama doing something with the prices. If the president had something to do with the gas prices, then the Oil Crisis of 1972 and '79 might happen again in the US. - Slayerite

He doesn't, the economy and the petroleum supply does!

Only thing Obama does is screw up the works better he stays out doing nothing as usual

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46 They pronounce dozens of words incorrectly

It's called an accent, dimwits. We don't have to be exactly alike.

We just speak it differently comment above me

How is this a problem? It's called accents. - Icantbelieveitsnotbutter

We gave them a lovely country and a proper language, and they have ruined both!

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47 Americans only care about themselves

"They are so dumb, but they think they are the greatest. Only a stupid useless race" -American isn't a race you idiot.

Americans are a very diverse people. In where I live, we are very welcoming to people. - Slayerite

They think that they own the world and they try to impose their laws in all other countries. They're against countries like China, Russia, S-Korea etc... just because these countries won't accept the " supreme control " of Americans.

Look at the mess the have made around the world! I think it's the best example.

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48 They're jealous

People who don't even have houses? Are you so stupid to believe that only Americans have houses. You think that we in Europe don't have houses? We in Europe are free. You Americans believe that you are in a free country because you don't know better but every time I speak to an American here in Europe they suddenly admid that they're not that free compared to Europe. Most Americans who lived in Europe for a while don't wanna go back to the states because of the European freedom. They're jealous of our freedom but because of their arrogance they will not often admid it.

This. Proves. Nothing. At. ALL! - Slayerite

They sorta are... - Goatworlds

Jealous of what? Hahaaa laughing all the way to my free education and healthcare.

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49 They're naive

They ignore other cultures rudely

I am American, many American people actually love to learn about cultures and different languages. We do not all think other cultures are vulger and ours is the only right one. Don't assume that all Americans hate other cultures and refuse to learn about them all because of stereotypes you've heard about us.

They make fun of other cultures with generic stereotypes and dislike when others return the favor.

50 They value sport more than education

Might as well. Most of our education system is outdated or flat out lies anyway.

I care more for education than sport. Sports are only physical. Education is more mental and useful. Still not a dumb American. - Slayerite

"They value sport more than education"... relative to other countries. I think here education is still the highest priority, but that depends on where in America you are.

Because they make Million of $$ in sports, not many jobs pay that much for an to follow the money.

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