What I’ve found out since is that Americans aren’t so bad after all. In fact, you’ve even got some good points. But don’t go getting cocky just yet...
Americans love America
These days, most British people break out in a cold sweat if they’re asked to fly the Union Jack in public. The trouble is, it lumps you in with the crazy cat lady who collects thousands of pieces of Royal Family memorabilia, as well as the kind of people who are outraged if you call them racist but who also admit they “don’t like foreigners that much.” And as for the English flag -- that’s pretty much reserved for football (soccer) thugs and white-power lunatics on their way to a rally.
In America, the flag is everywhere -- by roadsides, outside restaurants, on buses, subway cars, porches, socks, caps, on and on. When I first got here, I actually challenged my wife to see who could spot the most. We soon lost count and realized it was a really boring game anyway. Here, the flag has an almost sacred quality that unifies the nation -- and it’s always treated with pride and respect (except that time Shaun White trod on it). The reason, of course, is that Americans love America. And rightly so -- you know, what with freedom 'n' all.