Most Americans do not care about Europe. Even those who emigrated (like myself) have only vague interest in the old continent besides family and childhood friends.
I can only speak for myself, but I think most of us who emigrated feel the same way. We left Europe and other parts of the world to get away from socialism, oppression and collectivism. We rather not dwell on the grey past we left.
Europeans on the other hand, are obsessed with us to a degree bordering insanity.
It's not a "pissing contest." In terms of power and influence, that contest was long ago won by America. If it was an on-going contest, the interest would be there among Americans. It is not.
I think it boils down to this: Massive insecurity and self-doubt by Europeans.
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