One of the things that really bothers me is that Americans don’t have any sense of history. The majority of Americans don’t have any idea of where we’ve come from, so they naturally succumb to the kind of cliche version that Ronald Reagan represented.
I’ve always admired President Chavez for standing up to imperialism and the meddling of the American government in South America.
Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, heavy-handedly provoked South American governments on any number of issues, including a rush to endorse the 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela, which only worked to steel resistance and build solidarity.
Americans have a penchant for the future and tend to disregard the past.
You can’t be an American without being related to other Americans.
At the end of the day, Americans are not so keen on ideologues, people who have such fixed positions that they can’t see any virtue in the other side’s point of view.
I like my subjects to be American, and not too dead, so I can interview people who knew them.
Many people don’t know, but American Girl Scouts get to travel the world, and that’s a very good thing, as the more we can expose our young people to other cultures, the better off we’ll be in this increasingly globalized environment.
Most Americans, like most Japanese, view their dogs, cats, and other animal companions as family members, and rightly so.
If I had to describe myself, I wouldn’t use words like ‘hero.’ I wouldn’t use ‘patriot,’ and I wouldn’t use ‘traitor.’ I’d say I’m an American and I’m a citizen, just like everyone else.