as much as I'd like to smash slipperyjim for that comment I'd have to agree with him.
of course americans are childish, the culture is less than 300 years old and its population is descended from random opportunists and the people they exploited
yet - where was electricity invented? where was the car invented? the airplane? where was the computer invented? also mcdonalds, starbucks, coke, etc.
americans got to the modern age first, but now that the rest of the world is coming around its becoming apparent that they dont have some special province over it. the rest of the world grows impatient with the petulant new country as they each assert their particular mode of operation...
but it might be too late to disinfect it from that original vision... and thats what isnt widely apparent to them