What Makes America The Greatest Country in the World?
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**Japan has freedom??
Really?? In Japan elections are held and the country has a representative-style parliament. However, democracy doesn’t consist merely of elections and parliament. The Japanese democracy lacks: 1- The commission system 2- Public hearings 3- Referenda 4- Autonomous local government 5- Non-profit organizations (NPOs) 6- Civil participation in the enactment of regulations (ordinances, statutes). The concept of the Town Meeting, a basic in the American system, is virtually unknown in Japan. The very notion of public participation in the procedure for enacting ordinances and statutes doesn’t happen in Japan. I can go country by country and show definitively how our America, the GREATEST NATION IN THE WORLD has a government of checks and balances that does ensure freedom to a much superior and greater extent than any other country.
***Regarding our young voters who may “wander” into a voting booth…
I hope young Americans research the issues fully and then regardless of party, walk into the voting booth with purpose and cast their vote based on personal ethics and what they believe is the best thing for their children and grandchildren and fellow Americans.
***We lead the world in a belief that angels are real???
What a load of rubbish. What fact check was used to substantiate this? Go to Peru and you will not be able to enter a building without passing a display or some sort of statue, picture, or fresco of archangels. Regarding a belief in a higher power, factually, 50% of Americans, compared to one-third of Europeans, say belief in God is essential to living a moral life. Does such a belief erode our American exceptionalism? I love my God and I love my country and would die for both.
***No evidence to show we are the greatest country????
***Regarding American life expectancy
***Regarding ranking 4th in exports
***Regarding our defense spending
Most of our spending goes towards protecting other countries who cannot help themselves. It is very expensive and careful consideration should be given before committing any of our resources (human and financial) overseas. However our President (who won the Nobel Prize for Peace) involved us in two more wars beyond what he inherited. Perhaps we should just ignore the atrocities that terrorists inflict upon our global neighbors. I do not have the answer but what would have happened if we Americans had ignored the Holocaust? Had we not engaged (finally), we could have saved money but would that have been the ethical thing to do? Those are the types of questions that “we the people” decide through our votes.
*** “Now, none of this is the fault of a 20 year old college student, but you nonetheless are without a doubt a member of the worst – period – generation – period – ever – period.”
WHAT DOES THIS EVEN MEAN?????? Forget the fact that there should not be periods after this series of three words (guess this is evidence of the 7th in literacy thing) but any young person who blindly accepts this premise without some serious thought does not deserve the privilege of voting in America’s elections. Relying on knowledge of 7th grade American History alone this can be disproved. I do agree with the suggestion that the “First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one.” One problem is that many voters are just fine with being spoon fed whatever happens to be on the TV and will not reach beyond their comfort zone to ensure they have heard all sides and all facts – it is more expedient to keep a closed mind. Many folks are fine with propaganda by omission and do not even know what they do not know. America IS exceptional. Our generosity and sacrifice for those who need help is indeed altruistic, strategic in some cases, but more importantly the right thing to do as the most powerful nation on the planet. We have never claimed to be a perfect country and as with every living thing, we will continue to grow and improve. Our fellow world partners have provided both negative and positive opinions about us. They have attested that (Taken in part from “Understanding America”) “Americans are more individualistic, self-reliant, and pro-immigration than people in many other countries. They work harder, are more philanthropic, and participate more in civic activities. On the negative side, America also has a higher murder rate than some other countries.” Three-quarters of Americans say they are proud to be Americans; only one-third of the people in France, Italy, Germany, and Japan give that response about their own countries. Two-thirds of Americans believe that success in life depends on one’s own efforts; only one-third of Europeans say that. “…criticism of America has a long history, particularly among elites.” Frankly, it is my view that elites can sit on it and spin. They are not the folks who are working on the farms, in the factories, or putting on uniforms to fight for our freedom and coming back home missing arms and legs – if they come home at all. Lastly, Schuck, editor of “Understanding America” identified at a micro level several overarching themes…” including:
1. American culture is different. Its patriotism, individualism, religiosity, and spirit of enterprise make it different. The United States, Schuck said, “is more different from other democracies than they are from one another.”
2. American constitutionalism is unique in its emphasis on individual rights, decentralization, and suspicion of government authority.
3. Our uniquely competitive, flexible, and decentralized economy has produced a high standard of living for a long time…
4. America has been diverse throughout its history. Schuck cited research by historian Jill Lepore, who found that the percentage of non-native English speakers in the United States was actually greater in 1790 than it was in 1990. The thirst for immigration, he said, has transcended economic booms and busts.
5. The strengths of civil society here make America qualitatively different. No other country, he said, allocates as much responsibility for social policy to the nonprofit sector.
Lastly, what happens here forward will have very little impact on me. I am 62 years old, have completed my career, have my home and my retirement and have raised my family. As an old timer with maybe 20 years or more left, I would caution all young folks to think out of the box and consider the facts. America is your country. Make it better, keep it strong and leave a legacy of continued freedom for your children and your grandchildren.
Authored by Senaida Lopez