America and Bush through the Eyes of Europe


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English Composition I


Final research paper


November 30, 2003








Table of Contents


I. Outline…………………………………………………………………………3


II. Introduction……………………………………………………………………5


III. The Foreshadow……………………………………………………………….6


IV. Runner – up……………………………………………………………………7


V. “This One Time….At Terrorist Camp….”……………………………………8


VI. Watchful Eyes of the Beholder………………………………………………..9


VII. An American in Europe……………………………………………………...10


VIII. Tonight on Euronews………………………………………………………...11


IX. America™……………………………………………………………………13


X. Comparison of the Younger Generations……………………………………14


XI. Conclusion…………………………………………………………………...15





























Outline


I. Introduction


A. They go through their lives, ignorant as ever…


B. Americans are closely watched


C. America is a super power


1. Looking from the past


II. The Foreshadow


A. The Dreamland


B. Before they knew it, they realized


III. Runner – up


A. Europe is becoming more independent


B. Losing the race


IV. “This One Time… At Terrorist Camp…”


A. Dealing with terrorism


B. Protesting against America


V. Watchful Eyes of the Beholder


A. September 11th


B. European community


VI. An American in Europe


A. Definition of American in Europe


B. Behold the European Union


VII. Tonight on Euronews


A. Watching every move


B. Asking Americans


VIII. America™


A. Europeans vs. Bush


B. European vision


C. “Government for Bush, by Bush”


IX. Comparison of the Younger Generations


A. Differences


X. Conclusion


A. Opinion changes



















































































I. Introduction


It is popular opinion that Americans take many things for granted. They go through the course of their lives, ignorant as ever, many times not taking into account other’s opinions. They are an ignorant people, thriving in the impression that they, as a country have created for themselves. They are citizens of a superpower, most of them, untouched by poverty, watching others suffer in third world countries, without any distinct idea of what is like to really struggle. They return home everyday, from a day at work, or a day at school, expecting the bread to be on the table. Their country’s history, of pride, and the preservation of democracy has ensured the ignorance.


The history of the United States is a meager two hundred years, two centuries, and a few generations at best. The American society was formed through the close observation of the success and failures of other countries, those countries being Europe. They have not endured changes of government, while many young Europeans in our generation have just witnessed their independence. Ironic as it may be, Americans are closely watched by us - Europeans, and although they do not realize it, we are the ones shaking their heads in light of American government’s present actions, and scoffing.


Americans have been fortunate enough to not have any wars carried out on their soil, in the recent years. Although this is a noteworthy trait, it only fuels the hubris of their nation. The one’s who duly note this hubris are not the politicians, or their common citizens, it is those whose have not been affected by this euphoric onslaught, to such an extreme end. Europe.








Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.


-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


America is a superpower. They are shrouded in this euphoria of invulnerability, and if that feeling is in the least bit compromised, the government, and the people under its jurisdiction take action. This action is fueled by vengeance, to preserve the pride that they so valiantly uphold. These actions are usually not properly thought out; the consequence of hubris.


The past year held many examples of such ignorance, and exposed how precious the American euphoria really was, and how essential it is for the public to breathe it in. Again, our global audience watches these moves, loudly voicing their opinions to the global community.


II. The Foreshadow


Ah, America, where everyone is free, where there are no wars, no poverty, where anyone can be a millionaire, or better yet, a billionaire! We could now move to America. The fabled statue of Liberty would soon loom over the horizon, symbolizing freedom, and riches beyond a common man’s dream. They got their names changed by an overworked immigrations officer in Ellis Island, and they were Americans.


People followed these rumors of a perfect nation, and arrived there, new to everything. This attitude, although described above circa 1920, was still present well into the 1990’s in many European countries. The fall of the Berlin Wall, signaled an immense migration of people searching for this dream.


Yet, Europe, with its new nations declaring themselves independent every year, and the disgruntled cartographers, developed rapidly. Europe is a diverse community of a huge number of people. This proved advantageous, and before Americans knew it, they realized that