okay you're not getting me, see
americans INVENTED new standards, in order to come out ahead. we've done it a million times. It's the same old "change the date of the new year, mock those who don't" pattern
americans reversed the typical direction of racetracks purely because it wasn't the european way. It's not about finding legitimate reasons to mock others, it's about doing things differently and trying to push the idea that your way is the obvious right one.
America had the whole "breeding doesn't matter, individual liberty does" but since good-breeding in europe often meant inbreeding, it was just another thing to get all uptight about
plus the whole eugenics movement brewing here.. which... really got out of hand, but had it had ANY science involved, and treated people kindly, would have been great.