This cartoon is from a typically contrarian article from Slate.com that I don't agree with even if it is written tongue-in-cheek. I recognize that there's a lot of cartoons on this blog that seem to show South America getting the raw end of the stick and I can see the humor in that. But US citizens' assumed monopoly on the term American is hubristic. I recognize the ungainliness of the alternatives proffered and how difficult it would be to formulate one that could catch on. The extreme idealist in me imagines a way that the entire hemisphere could come together in a way that unites the entire political construct into a single entity, whether it be a non-imperialistic expanded United States of America or some other arrangement that honors the cultures and histories of all hemispheric American peoples in a sociopolitical mechanism that serves this half of the planet. But in the meantime I've long stopped using the term American to refer to US citizens.