Mr. Hopkinson, I'm sorry we disillusioned you...
I have read many of your comments and have been impressed by many of them. However, I feel the gentleman made his case and sited examples he felt supported it. Of course, anyone can site quotes, documents, statistics, etc. to support virtually anything...including the fact that you have a distinct anti-American bent and a very snarky style. I am sorry we have an incredibly conceited, self-centered and arrogant president for the last two administrations. His impact is felt domestically far more than it is there. We do not all support rampant capitalism or total free markets. We did not all vote for Mr. Bush or support his policies either internationally or domestically. But take a step back and look at the 20th and 21st centuries. The United States in partnership with its allies and trading partners, including our greatest ally and former enemy, Great Britain, have created this globalization that some claim is tearing us down. You know, in most cases the truth lies somewhere in the middle. I believe you have become reactionary because of the polarization of politics in this country and its tendency to reward the lunatic fringe on the right and the left. I am truly sorry we have failed in our leadership and disillusioned you somehow. Most of us are just like you. Working sods trying to make ends meet in a system we don't control. People are not really so different across the pond. The fact that the world feels we failed in our leadership role proves our leadership in many areas. The reason we have been a leader is our freedom, open markets, diversity and willingness to embrace those who would join us...and defend those who can't defend themselves. The failure of the leadership of one administration should not taint everything you know and respect about the United States. Unfortunately, there is a class war going on in this country between the extremely wealthy and the have-nots. You can see how "trickledown" economics has failed. We have seen how socialism failed in your country in the past. The problem seems to me to be this lack of support for the largest middle class in the world by the mercenary wealthy people in control, recently. There has always been a general resentment of America in Europe. We saved you, we built you back up and defended you. I understand your disillusionment, but please understand, the vast majority of Americans are still common hardworking decent people who don't always support what our government does.
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