Re: AmericaLiving in The Pacific region with China breathing down our neck in every way it can today, tends to give one a somewhat different view. Having a mature adult in the White House rather than a spoiled, petulant 74 year old child gives us a bit more hope. As for every country feeling superior at one point or another: as for me and my own country, I can never remember either feeling superior to anybody else nor can I ever remember my country projecting an air of superiority to anybody else: apart from in cricket and surfing from time to time . Quite the opposite in fact. IN my young years I remember Australia being looked on as inferior by the Americans..and by the British. It is very different now. I can't speak for the British but for the most part the Americans view Australia as very much their equals - size proportionately speaking - and many of their finest minds are breaking their necks to get here. America has committed sins in the past of course. So has Britain. As has Australia to it's indigenous peoples.None of us has the right to point the finger when it comes to "superiority" The bravest course is to find the common ground and work towards a better world. Regrdless of our nationality or the sins of our forebears. Australia is the only sovreign nation on Earth that started as a prison and ended up a pretty cool country. THere are many parallels with the USA. THat's our common ground where we have a basic respect for each other. Maybe that's the ironic reason for the optimism.
Re: AmericaKeezoy and Annie - I dare say you are both right in your assessments of the USA - unfortunately that is not how they project themselves. The quotation in Dex's post is nearer that mark - hence my thumbs up emoji. When it comes to PR they are their own worst enemy.