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Thanks for your reply. I couldn't agree with you more.:) I suppose that you have figured out by now that I am no fan of the present government in America. The sooner they leave office, the better off the world will be. However, I am not so foolish as to believe that the next administration will always act in our (the American public) best interest either. But anything will be an improvement over the goons and thugs (to borrow a phrase ) we've had in office for the past eight years. They lack the ability to be mindful of the sensibilities and sensitivities of those abroad. This ability is in the best interest of every country, not just in regards to US/China relations….and therein lies the sticking point.
I have my own theory about this. From the time we are young tots, Americans are encouraged to be independent, to think for ourselves, and to speak our minds. We're inculcated with the belief that these qualities make for an adult who can "stand on his or her own two feet".
And while I admire these traits and believe that they are valuable, taken to their extreme they can result in what we call the "cowboy mentality" (think George Bush). This type of person has little regard for others, for he (or she, it's not gender specific) sees his needs as primary and the needs of others as secondary. Some call this independence, others call it egocentric. Either way, this type of person not only feels entitled to his own opinion, but also feels entitled to intimidate others into accepting it. The end result is that this type of person believes strongly that his opinion is the only valid opinion, so much so that he feels its a waste of time to listen to the opinions of others - "your either with us or your against us" sort of logic. Needless to say it doesn't go over very well outside of the US.