I've written this piece on Quora, as an answer to the question in title. I feel, I might publish it here as well. :)
Disclaimer: I'm Slovene, living in Slovenia, and for all the practical purposes, I don't hate USA. That
being said, you need not to think our nation bears some deep,
jihad-worthy hatred, that might result in attacking tourists or other
acts, not worthy of civilized beings. It is more an annoyance, or even
frustration. it comes down to many reasons.
As we gained our independence, we were set on the path of European
integration, finally joining the EU and NATO. there were some skeptics,
but the majority expected, that our quality of life will increase
significantly, even unrealistically so - comparing us to Switzerland,
Luxembourg, Sweden or Norway. The best countries in the world, in fact.
Ironically, this is kinda true. We're member of OECD and belong to top
30 countries in the world. And this leads to...
2: We Slovenes are the epitome of the popular "High Expectations Asian Father" meme.
are never pleased with results, always wanting more. As for anecdotal
evidence, in season 2012/2013 Slovenian alpine skier Tina Maze won the
overall World Cup, with record number of points. Yet there were still
people belittling her achievement as a fling (mainly because her main
rival, Lindsay Vonn injured herself), and that she should do it ALL THE
TIME, or she's not good at all. This mentality is so ingrained in our
lives, that we're not content with anything. So, our opinions about
everything might come up as negative.
Thanks to the media, we, and the rest of the world are constantly
bombarded with stories about American stupidity. You know, redneck
accidents, dumb laws and lawsuits, bad reality shows and such. We are
not alone in this, as stereotype about stupid, loud, gun-wielding
Americans watching Honey Boo Boo and Jersey Shore goes pretty much
worldwide. But, it goes a bit deeper. in 20 years of independence, all
those things started to creep into our, post-socialist culture. It is
not, that similar things weren't present before, but the government
worked hard to hide or suppress them, as we needed to appear a
successful, smart, and highly moral society, superior to decadent West.
And you know what? The main reason for so-called Yugo-nostalgia is that
feeling, that we were smart, moral and successful, and now all the
values are going to hell.
with that, we are turning into a tiny version of USA. A lot of us find
that thought really disturbing. Instead of picking up the best things
from the West, we are really picking the worst ones. We're picking
tycoons, high unemployment, social inequality (ironically, we're No. 1
in Gini index of the world equality!) and conspiracy nuts like
chemtrails. This is not true, of course. Those things were always there,
just covered up. Now, with the power of media and internet, they are
made glaringly public. And that brings me to the final point.
Instead of solving the problems, we really like to find someone to
blame, and shifting the responsibility from us to the others. Be it our
corrupt politicians - Right now we are living in a some kind of surreal
version of House of Cards, with our own Underwoods and Tafts ("Uncles
from behind", Puppet masters, etc). WE blame EU for not being what we
thought it would be, and we blame the whole world for not recognizing
our greatness, our entitlement to whatever we think we deserve. And USA,
as a major superpower is just as fine scapegoat as anyone else.
no, we don't really hate America, or Americans, for that matter. If you
visit us, we'll welcome you, treat you as a dear guest and make
everything to feel you comfortable and make you love us. Because that's
who we are. A tiny, extremely self-conscious nation, struggling with its
own identity. We are a teenage country, confused with the world and not
yet finding our role and place in it. We feel bullied, unappreciated,
and think that nobody understands us.