American Self Perception Vs. The Truth Essays

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American Self Perception vs. The Truth


Lee Greenwood, a song writer, describes the emotion involved in
American self-perception in a song by saying, "I'm proud to be an American. For
at least I know I'm free." Freedom is the founding pillar of the American self-
perception. Self-perception is the culmination of how one views oneself. Other
aspects which make up American self-perception are wealth, power, and the
pursuance of happiness. Self-perceptions, whether confined to the individual or
confined to an entire country, usually leave out negative aspects such as
hypocrisy. When dealing with the perception of a country, the true image of a
society comes from self, or internal perceptions, combined with the external
perceptions from
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The American response to the Soviets was to contain U.S.S.R through
political and military interventions in countries where there was a possibility
of the formation of a communist government. American intervention dominated the
western hemisphere as a bipolar world system arose with the United States in the
west and the Soviet Union in the east. By using extensive intervention, the
United States turned incredibly hypocritical as they were pushing their form of
government upon smaller, weaker countries which were dependent on American aid.
This is no different than what the "evil" Soviet Union was doing in the eastern
hemisphere. Also by forcing American government style upon other nations, the
United States was restricting the choice and freedom of independent states. This
threatening of choice contradicts the American belief that every country should
be democratic. Again another form of hypocrisy has occurred in American self-
perceptions and beliefs.
Other nations view America slightly differently than what the American
self-perception details. Let's take the Polish perception of Americans. Ever
since the Polish Solidarnosc movement of the late 1980s, America has been there
to lend a helping democratic hand. Help from the United States come in the
forms of economic aid and increased trade. For the United States, a democratic
sphere of influence in a former Eastern Bloc country was considered to be a
prized possession. To…