So many Australians of a certain age are anti American. I don't think it is not particularly directed at American people, rather the governments they elect. I am a creature of my time. I am not so sure I hear this in young people who have grown up with Americans as their dominant media and cultural role models. Perhaps that is what really gets up the noses of people my age.
Is calling Americans Septic Tanks so very different to how we disparage Ireland where so many of us came from? Not me mind you. I come from everywhere except Ireland.
How far back does this business go? Certainly back to World War II. Australian men felt great antipathy to American soldiers who were here on R and R. Over sexed, over paid and over here, the saying went. The smartly dressed GIs with lots of money stood poorly against the less well paid Aussie soldier in his slouch hat and baggy woollen pants. At times they even went the biff, as if they were enemies. The whole Aussie war bride thing where Aussie lasses married US soldiers and went to live a new life in the US with their new husbands has been well documented and is quite fascinating. Of course this added grist to the mill with accusations of 'them' stealing our women.
Back in the 1940s our Aborigines knew there place, that was 'out the back', not where decent white blokes were drinking. Black US GIs seemed to think they had the right to frequent all public areas. Oh dear, more biffo.
You may well try to correct my thoughts, but for people my age, it is the Vietnam war that really did it. While I may speak as if I was part of the anti Vietnam War movement, I was actually a bit too young. We hated the war. We hated our government that got us involved in the war but most of all we hated the US who's war we were fighting. Post loss of the Vietnam War, our passions and self righteousness grew until it took on an extraordinary self righteous life of its own.
Australia and England have had their fair share of dodgy Prime Ministers, but did we ever have such a blatantly corrupt leader such as Nixon? Did we ever have such a figurehead do nothing such as Reagan. A lot was done his name, but I doubt much came from him personally. He wasn't terribly bright was he? Was there ever what seemed to a bumbling war monger such as George Dubbya? Surely he must be clever underneath? Surely.
It is queer thing, but only the oldest Vietnamese have issues with the US over the war. For most, it is a bit of history which they know about but so long as $US flow in to the country, they don't have issues.
But we who marched with Dr Cairns in the Vietnam War moratoriums will never forgive the US for what she got Australia into. Ah, but as I said, I was a bit too young.
Now the US is in a dilemma. Problems in Egypt, who they support and the usual problems in Israel. This is what happens when you control the world.
(I wrote this post a long time ago, updated it, and saved it to get it into order, polish it and make it nicer and not offensive. I have not done that. Below is a current addition)
Apparently a Greens Party senator in NSW has called for a boycott of Israel. A boycott of Israel is not Greens Party policy. One Tory politician, Andrew Robb, who perhaps happens to have the largest number of Jewish constituents in Australia called her as anti Semitic. Regardless of my own thoughts, why is it that if you have issues with the government of Israel and its policies, you are called anti Semitic? For the record, every country in the Middle East is crap. Just call me racist.
I hope I have always illustrated that I hate all religions, without fear or favour.
And even later I added to it, polished it a bit, but never really got it right. I wanted to write a salient post on why Australians seem to be anti American, instead it got all ranty. My first sentence should have be that we aren't, or are we? Original date 28/01/11.
Ok, I'll go for a summary. Australians are very anti Bush. Good that he has gone. We can't understand why there isn't some sort of universal health coverage in the US. While people like Palin and Trump are taken seriously, we just don't get it. Minimum wage of $5.70? California is is one of the richest places in the world, so how come the state is broke?
I say this with the knowledge that Australia is absolutely perfect.
(I don't know how old this post is. I have played with it so many times. Originally it was a response to Dina about American and Australian relations. I recall her saying she looked forward to reading it. Some years later Dina, for what it is worth, here it is.