There's an old article by Gordon Sinclair called The Americans which has been circulating on LJ and elsewhere. Sinclair was a Canadian broadcaster who wrote this as a radio commentary in 1973. He has been dead for many years now; I remember him well, as he was regularly on TV when I was growing up. Americans responded to his words at the time, and still do. For what it's worth, I think well of Americans, too.
I notice that scottks has deleted his journal. I don't suppose he will read this, but I really hope he will return. His last post was an apology to another LJer; he thought a comment of his might have caused that person to delete their journal. I hope they both cool down and consider undeleting.