What most of the world's citizens suffer. Typically, a citizen of a given non-American country will defame Americans
as being fanatics
over the smallest displays of patriotism
that are made. They almost always pride themselves on being "open minded" and "tolerant" (something that, somehow, is the opposite of patriotism
in the mind of a prejudiced anti-American
) because they are not fanatical like they claim the Americans are.
In reality, these people tend to be far more patriotic, sometimes even bordering on chauvunism
. A typical example is sports fans who follow their national team.
s are among the most well-known practicioners of hypocritical patriotism.
The Canadian compared the Americans visiting his town to lower life forms, declaring that Americans will believe anything the government tells them simply because the visitors had an American flag sticker on the bumper of their car. He then went on to say that Canadians were the superior people in the world. The Americans laughed in reply, finding humor in how blind the Canadian was to his own fanaticsm.