I hate the “stealing America” syndrome.
I mean, when somebody uses the term “America” to refer to the United States of America. I imagine that most people know that America is a large continent (two, actually, if you like the North America vs. South America distinction) stretching from Alaska to Chile. The USA is only one country in this big continent, but a large segment of its government and media (plus some of its citizens) must believe that they are the true blue America, and not those other pesky minorities such as Canada, Argentina or Brazil. If the USA equates “America” with themselves, what word can a Peruvian or Cuban use to refer to themselves?
Look at this excerpt of George W. Bush’s remarks on USA’s space policy in January 2004 (http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/01/20040114-3.html):
America is proud of our space program. The risk takers and visionaries of this agency have expanded human knowledge, have revolutionized our understanding of the universe, and produced technological advances that have benefited all of humanity.
Inspired by all that has come before, and guided by clear objectives, today we set a new course for America‘s space program. We will give NASA a new focus and vision for future exploration. We will build new ships to carry man forward into the universe, to gain a new foothold on the moon, and to prepare for new journeys to worlds beyond our own.
America’s space program? America being proud of NASA’s space program? Don’t make me laugh. I bet most Americans do not care about USA’s space program. America does not have a space program; the USA has one.
USA: you are only one more country in a big continent and a big world. Your arrogance and military superiority is not a good reason to steal a name from your neighbours. You are not “the ones” or special whatsoever. You have not been chosen by any god. You are just one more country in a very big world.