A popular meme these days seems to be that Americans are stupid. Come to think of it, the meme is older than the latest block buster, at least in
But ask anybody who claims that Americans are stupid whether he thinks that they are less smart on average than blacks and you create a political correctness dilemma. Some people will just say that the Americans are less smart, but African Americans do on average less well on intelligence tests and yes this doesnât mean a thing, poorer people in general do less well on these tests, but it drives home the point: making these broad statements is just racist, which is what most people realize when you ask them this and theyâll come back with something that you canât make the comparison, because the one would be racist (the other merely being American bashing).
But there really isnât any difference between saying something about all people belonging to the same race and all people belonging to the same country? Some broad statements might be supportable with statistics, but usually people saying either things arenât interested in statistics, theyâre just trying to point out that this group of people theyâre talking about is inferior. If a guy in a pub says to me, Americans are stupid, he doesnât mean, gee, I read this statistic that Americans have an average IQ of 98, while in Japan it is 106, letâs talk about this for a bit, he just means, I donât like Americans and resent the fact that they are richer and more powerful than Europe.
Sure, there are interesting differences between Europe and the
Not even George Bush is stupid. Believe me, Iâm no fan of his work, but he is a guy who on a thin mandate set out to do the things he believed to be right and he got most of them. Tax cuts, going it alone on the world stage, more oil exploration and getting rid of Sadam Husein, theyâre all things one might not like, especially from a left wingy European point of view, but disagreeing with some one, even disagreeing strongly never is a reason to call the other guy stupid. He did what he set out to do and he might be the price of not being reelected, but calling him a miserable failure would be incorrect. Oops.