The American mind is not even close to being amenable to the ideogram principle as yet. The reason is simply this. America is 100% 18th Century. The 18th century had chucked out the principle of metaphor and analogy — the basic fact that as A is to B so is C to D. AB:CD. It can see AB relations. But relations in four terms are still verboten. This amounts to deep occultation of nearly all human thought for the U.S.A.
Что-то в этом есть, и кстати, кажется тоже самое умонастроение свойственно и российской гуминтеллигенции - акцентировка на различиях, а не на сходстве.