The Greatest Country In The World?

Hey ho, people!

Well, it’s Independence Day for all of you Americans, which means cookouts, fireworks, and festivities. But how much of it is for the mere sake of the atmosphere? How many people actually care about the sacrifices that were made hundreds of years ago? I’ve seen so many people with such flippant attitudes that it’s simply off-putting and disrespectful. But that’s not what I want to talk about today. In fact, I didn’t plan on blogging at all, merely posting up a quote I read, so I’ll get to that in a moment.

Many Americans constantly go around saying, “We’re the greatest, we’re the best!” when, in reality, they aren’t. They really aren’t. I am not American, and I’m not claiming superiority. It is merely what I think. Below is a quote by Will McAvoy that sums up my feelings. Please be objective whilst reading. That is all I ask. Thank you.

There is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports.

We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined, 25 of whom are allies.

We sure used to be. We stood up for what was right! We fought for moral reasons, we passed and struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were, and we never beat our chest. We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and cultivated the world’s greatest artists and the world’s greatest economy. We reached for the stars, and we acted like men. We aspired to intelligence; we didn’t belittle it; it didn’t make us feel inferior. We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election, and we didn’t scare so easy. And we were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed. By great men, men who were revered.

The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one—America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.

Happy Fourth of July, Americans.

Less than three,
Josh

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