Just now I was watching the June 17 episode of the Colbert Report.
Katyal said (quote);
That's the great thing about the court: On the one side you got the little guy, who's got no power, and on the other side you got the fancy government with all their fancy lawyers and lawbooks piled up high. If the little guy can come in and say, "I'm right. I've got a decent argument", he can actually win in a supreme court. That's something unlike any other country on earth. (applause)
Note that last sentence.
That's something unlike any other country on earth.
I live in the Netherlands, and, like in so many other democratic countries, "the little guy" can perfectly well go out and challenge the government. Heck, it happens all the time!
What is wrong with Americans? Far too often do I get the impression they* think their democracy is by far the most superior democracy in the world. Some even go as far as thinking the US is the only democracy in the world!
Personally, I can see a lot of flaws in the American democratic system. Of course, I'm not saying the Dutch democratic system is perfect (because it's not), but that's my point: we* realize it isn't. We don't feel superior because of it.
So please, stay realistic. Of course you can be country proud, but don't think the US is superior and other countries inhabited by barbarians. It only contributes to the bad reputation the US gained recently in other countries.
* Yes, this is generalizing, but you know what I mean.