The results of a recent Pew Research poll brings some disturbing news about Americans view themselves and their role in the world. Basically we rate ourselves as no better then the countries that brought you the Holocaust and the Inqusition. The younger you are the more inclined you are to think the country of your birth is no better then some other little Third World shithole, and given the conditions left behind in the wake of the occupy crowd, it appears that our young ‘uns are just fine with that.
Just 49 percent of Americans agree with the statement that, while Americans themselves “aren’t perfect, our culture is superior.”
That’s down from 60 percent in 2002 and 55 percent in 2007, and it’s only slightly higher than in Germany (47 percent) and Spain (44 percent).
And it looks as though it will continue to get less popular. While 60 percent of Americans over the age of 50 say they believe in the concept of American Exceptionalism, just 37 percent of those under 30 say the same thing.
The over 50 crowd has to take the blame for the under 30 crowd not loving this country because a little simple math will tell you that these are our kids.
Other items of note in the survey include what to most observers is pretty obvious in regards to European Socialism. They love the state and believe the state exists to take care of them. In response to the questions of what is more important: Nobody in need or Freedom to pursue ones goals in life, the Europeans broke about 65/35. The outlier was England which was 55/38. In America those numbers were reversed. Europeans still can’t figure out that the best way to reduce the number of folks in need is to allow others to pursue their goals.
My takeaway from the data. With the advance in science we can have children at a far later age then ever before and we are living longer so maybe we need to think about ditching the under 30 failed generation and starting a new one making sure to correct the mistakes which led to this group of lost Americans. I don’t keep track of all those various generational labels so I don’t what generation they would be classified as but I do blame disco.