It’s no mystery that the youth of Europe are far more politically involved and aware of world politics than Americans, in general. I have a few friends spread across Europe who are always ready to discuss American politics and foreign policy whenever we’re together so it didn’t come as a surprise when my European hostel-friends brought up American politics with, “What the hell are the people in your country doing?!”
I have had many friends ask me similar questions and it’s always coupled with an odd feeling and regard that I couldn’t nail down until my trip to Edinburgh. I feel like Europeans truly want the best for America. It seems like they want America to be this progressive country they seem to remember us as, a shining beacon, an ideal. They see all our ideals and everything we stand for yet we don’t actually do anything about it. It’s like we are the smart, younger brother who keeps getting into trouble. It’s like, “America, we love you but you gotta cut this shit out!” Or we are the helpless younger brother who keeps getting teased for their own good, but instead of sticking up for ourselves and manning up, we just crumble and play the victim, making excuses.
That’s all. This is just how I percieve their attitudes towards us. Maybe I’m wrong and misinterpreting it all, but it makes me think that maybe it’s about time we get back to being a country that Europe looks up to or at least views as an equal.