Trump is making Americans see the U.S. the way the rest of the world already did


The Washington Post has the article Trump is making Americans see the U.S. the way the rest of the world already did.

Trump has looked out of place as a world leader because he is a television personality, not a politician. He is also the crudest manifestation of some very American traits: recklessness, nationalism, contempt for history, an inability (if not utter disinclination) to inhabit a foreigner’s experience. Never before has it been so clear that Americans’ identities — their confidence and happiness — are tied to the supposedly exalted status of their nation, and of the man or woman who leads it. Trump may contradict everything many of us believe about ourselves, but the first question we might ask is whether what we believe is true.

I was trying to figure out why I am not surprised by anything that is in this article. The article talked about how our educational system has changed since 1990.

This may be particularly true of those Americans who came of age in the 1990s as the United States triumphed over the Soviets, its status as a benevolent superpower somehow confirmed. The ugliness of the Cold War was largely forgotten.

Since I grew up during the cold war, and was educated way before 1990, this explains some of the reasons I was aware of some of the history in the article (but not all of it). The other thing I can attribute my awareness to is a college roommate that I had in 1961. He used to tell me about our country’s foreign interference. It was most annoying to hear what he had to say because it contradicted what I thought knew. However, his source of knowledge was hard to argue against, although argue I did.

By 1969, I was aware enough to want to see the movie Z  about what was happening in Greece.

Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.

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