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Freedoms, democracy, and financial opportunites seem to be the most important things we boast as Americans, but we actually lack in a lot of areas. We have one of the worst life expectancies in the world, have some of the worst health, our morals and lifestyles are debased, and our wisdom and intelligence is dwarfed by Europeans, Africans, and Asians big time! Not to mention we say there is no cure for this and that, yet other nations have those cures! So how is it that we came to think we are the greatest and know more than other people when we've only been an official nation for 236 years! Compared to nations like Britain, India, Ethiopia, Japan, China, etc. who have been around for thousands! We're still pretty young to be a know-it-all!
AllStarcrushNate AllStarcrushNate 26-30, M 26 Answers Nov 16, 2012 in Hobbies

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Typical nationalism, exceptionalism, and autopropaganda.

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As an US American, by birth not by choice, I agree with this statement. Nationalism breeds hatred, and the US is filled to the brim with hatred, but then again the world is full of hatred against us.

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Right on!

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Few people believe USA is the greatest country in the world anymore. Those days are long gone, but it is still cited nonetheless as patriotic rhetoric, particularly by USA candidates running for president.

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"Leader of the free world" is another tired, worn out phrase about the USA that has also become laughable. USA is so in debt that USA's foreign policy is now reduced to little more than offering advice that is unenforceable.

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Exactly. I agree with that 1,000%.

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It's based on what we WERE, not on what we are. America was the place someone could come to and worship according to his/her own conscience rather than as the government decided was okay (read politically correct).

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Yet we didn't let the native Americans feel free to worship in what they believed. It was all about the caucasian traveler.

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America lost its way after WW2. The war on drugs internally and the War on Everyone(military industrial complex) externally.

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Smart man you are, knel.

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Here in the United States, anyone that is not a Christian is still looked down upon. Religious freedom is something outlined in the Constitution but it is not practiced fully. There is a major bias towards the Christian religion. This country is still not a place of free worship, and that could be shown by the Muslim center that was supposed to be erected near Ground Zero. I haven't followed it recently, but there were protests and threats simply because of the religion it was affiliated with. The center was not even going to be a place of worship.

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Well, in a way I might understand that because other nations with a different dominant religion aren't accepting of other kinds of worship either. Beginning with Muslims more than anyone.

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yes, but the Muslims nations who are not accepting of other faiths don't claim to be "diverse" and "tolerant" or even "free democratic" nations. most of these nations are run by tyrants...

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Now, that is true.

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Power & Military wise it prob is....

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We used to be great. We prospered faster than any other nation and contribute to more events around the world than other nations as well. Generation after generation, we do less, ignore issues and expect more. Is it any wonder we are slipping down the drain.

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We may not be the greatest country (culture politics life etc) but we sure have the have the greatest land in the world

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No we don't. There are plenty of places on Earth where foreigners would like to vacation other than in the USA. And the infrastructure of the USA has become deplorable, i.e. roads and bridges, etc.

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Yes! This man needs a Gold Medal!

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Yes I agree there are nicer cities, but for a single country to have this much geological diversity.. it's pretty sweet.

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and yes where I live the roads are deplorable but somehow people still come here to vacation from all over the freggin' world ( Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Malibu area)

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I'm not sure that most of us think it's the greatest in the world ... it's just we're so proud of our country .. we think it's the greatest for us.



I thought most of this reputation came from other countries .. honestly, I don't think the average American really gives it that much thought .. other than to feel fortunate we live in the US.

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Thing is, Barb, we tend to proud of things that aren't really exceptional. Our government is really only a modern form of the ancient Greek and Roman governments. And we kept slaves and killed native Americans. We fought the world's biggest war still feeling like blacks weren't important enough to participate in it until the Army's whites were getting slammed too hard. I don't say this to second-guess you, just saying I understand what you mean, it's just that we don't realize our faults.

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We do realize our faults .. but there's only so much we can do to change all of that. Better to bloom where you're planted .. and appreciate what we have.
We're not saying it's the best place on earth .. but it's home to us.

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I think America just got complacent. It assumed it had limitless resources and power, and like the closing chapter of ancient Rome, it's waking up to the reality of it all. It's not just America though, I think it's the whole Western World. In Britain, for example, the country has entered an almost Joe Stalin phase. That is to say, there is no democracy whatsoever, but the illusion of it is outstanding. Again, the same could be said for the States. Fundamentally government has become a media circus in which politics is no longer a serious, ethically minded duty. I think this has probably been true since the election of cinematic legends such as Ronald Regan and governer Schwarzenegger. Even today you have Obama who is an amazing orator, but arguably, would make a better movie actor than a politician. He does for all intents and purposes, seem pretty inefectual at his job - style of substance perhaps? The fact is, Americas history has been so perverted by movies, propaganda, and an endless jingoism, that beneath the veneer its as rotten as any other country. Take for example the genocide of Native Americans, which 'Americans' were responsible for nearly twice the deaths racked up in the Nazi death camps. Furthermore, Hitler and his cronies used the American extermination system as their blueprint! They don't teach you that in school! All I could humbly suggest is, that as individuals, you drop the jingoism, be wary of television - as it is always somebody else's subjective slant -, be good to one another, and enjoy the context of your lives. America might have slipped - according to some imaginary poll that you have no say over - but the context in which you live is still vastly better than most. Besides, now that the world has become globally connected, self containment is no longer really an option.

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America has been a force for good despite it's problems. We are exceptional because we are made up of people from all over the world who want freedom. Our new leader is taking us down a new road and we may cease to be a force for good in this world. We might just be divided up between the strongest nations of the world. It looks like those of the 'progressive' mindset are outnumbering and overwhelming the 'conservative' thinkers like myself. It will eventually come to blows, because the spirit that created the USA, is still strong, and contrary to progressive thought, we are not stupid.

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American school children are taught about the founding of this nation until now in the most positive light, making it seem everything has been done for the good of the people. Politicians spew the same and most people take what they hear and apply it to their lives without further inspection. If you look at the numbers and alternative sources of information, it is clear the United States is not the greatest nation in the world and there are some major areas in which we are lacking. Yes, it has some good points, but all countries do.

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Well said!

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a lot of affluent people live there and they like it. if any other country had the kind of exposure that the usa does theyd act the same way.

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Why do parents think their own kids are the smartest and cutest kids in the world? It's the same thing, really, just scaled up to the national level.

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that is the world most simple answer, but it the most honest and best answer well said.

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i think it's money power and freedom. America, or the people in America I should say, are blind to the fact that there are other things that make a country great. I believe that America is a great country, but it's not the best. We watse recycleable things, we don't give the education to our students that is needed; I feel as if that we are the only country that seems to throw away elderly people like they are nothing. I don't this is a bad country but it is certainly no where near the greatest.

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Right ON!

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Who do they call.?.......Not ghost busters......!!!!!

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It's all patriotic jingoism.

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Probably cause were the Smartest! Most powerful... and we dont think it its just common sense.

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You know the USA is great country. It may not be the best, but for those of you that are from the USA, instead of griping about how bad the country is get out & do something about it.

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Typical conformist prattle. Ethiopia and most of India are stuck hundreds of years in the past ideologically. There is no standard procedure for determining life expectancy across the globe. Japan doesn't count infant deaths within the first few weeks in the equation and there are cases in which people pretend to have centenarians living at home to get a stipend from the government despite that person having been a corpse for who knows how many years. There are problems with every country; if living here makes you so unhappy, why put yourself through it any longer?

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isnt it cool?

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we hold these truths to be self evident

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