Is America the greatest country in the world?

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  • oftenreadingoftenreading Victoria, BCPosts: 6,184
    Yeah.  We're the nuts.
    my small self... like a book amongst the many on a shelf
  • my2handsmy2hands Posts: 12,732
    Playing poker the other day with a guy from Vietnam... great guy... someone said they would love to visit Vietnam and asked if he ever goes back to visit... he said "fuck no... America is the best place in the world, believe me"

    His family owns a business and his son is a college student

    I do LOVE that about America, the idealism of the shining beacon on a hill... 
  • pljampljam Posts: 334
    American's are as patriotic as you can get and that is admirable,our nightly news here in Australia certainly paints an image of a place that is far from the best country in the world,drugs ,violence,unemployment,political unease ,homelessness are forever the story on any given night
    Melbourne Australia was voted most liveable city two year's running or two out of three just recently but the issues of major concern listed above in America are probably ten fold here in Australia especially Melbourne as per capita,I have never been to America but one day would love to but if one was to focus on your what our news displays I think it would keep people away
    Australian image I am sure sells our country to be the place to live but I assure you it has its major issues but mostly great people ,I am sure it's the same in the U.S 
    They certainly have the best music/ bands on the planet
  • KC138045KC138045 Columbus, OHPosts: 1,723


    Hacksaw says yes
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  • HesCalledDyerHesCalledDyer MarylandPosts: 9,233
    pljam said:
    American's are as patriotic as you can get and that is admirable,our nightly news here in Australia certainly paints an image of a place that is far from the best country in the world,drugs ,violence,unemployment,political unease ,homelessness are forever the story on any given night
    Melbourne Australia was voted most liveable city two year's running or two out of three just recently but the issues of major concern listed above in America are probably ten fold here in Australia especially Melbourne as per capita,I have never been to America but one day would love to but if one was to focus on your what our news displays I think it would keep people away
    Australian image I am sure sells our country to be the place to live but I assure you it has its major issues but mostly great people ,I am sure it's the same in the U.S 
    They certainly have the best music/ bands on the planet
    I'm pretty sure you'll find those problems in most developed countries these days.  They may vary in severity but all the same issues are there.  I think the big problem with the United States is that for the last century we have tried to police the entire globe under the guise of ending tyranny and spreading freedom.  Has it been necessary? At times, I'd say yes (World War II, e.g.) but mostly we should probably just keep our nose out of other peoples' & countries' business.  It's all about resources.  Who has what we want and how are we gonna take it from them so we can continue being the mighty eagle.

    We also elected the biggest fucking idiot on the planet to run our country, so that should tell you how well we're doing in education.

    And by the way, Aussies have some great musicians/bands as well!  My collections of Australian artists is constantly expanding.
  • dignindignin Posts: 5,198
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    A dark and shameful day in the history of the US.
  • tbergstbergs Posts: 2,795
    No, we just dropped to 199th. Right ahead of Syria and Nicaragua. 
    It's a hopeless situation...
  • dignindignin Posts: 5,198
    tbergs said:
    No, we just dropped to 199th. Right ahead of Syria and Nicaragua. 
    Nicaragua didn't sign on to the Paris agreement because it wasn't aggressive enough. 



    Don’t compare Trump’s Paris decision to Nicaragua’s — they’ve embraced renewable energy: Analysis

    https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/06/01/dont-compare-trumps-paris-decision-to-nicaraguas-theyve-embraced-renewable-energy-analysis.html

  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 20,955
    OP, maybe time to edit your thread heading?  We've already determined America is not a country.

    The U.S. is an enigma.  It's the best of places and the worst of places.  You can't really put a single label on if... even if inclined to do so.  As soon as you try to define it, the definition falls apart or is argued over infinitely.  And even if you could pin it down to one thing, it changes and becomes something else.  Voila!
    We're living on the edge of something big. It's a fantastic time in history to be alive.
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  • tbergstbergs Posts: 2,795
    dignin said:
    tbergs said:
    No, we just dropped to 199th. Right ahead of Syria and Nicaragua. 
    Nicaragua didn't sign on to the Paris agreement because it wasn't aggressive enough. 



    Don’t compare Trump’s Paris decision to Nicaragua’s — they’ve embraced renewable energy: Analysis

    https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/06/01/dont-compare-trumps-paris-decision-to-nicaraguas-theyve-embraced-renewable-energy-analysis.html

    You're right. My apologies to Nicaragua. We're tied with Syria.
    It's a hopeless situation...
  • Spiritual_ChaosSpiritual_Chaos Posts: 5,807
    Just gonna leave this here. Haha. 


    The man they call my enemy. I've seen his eyes, he looks just like me - A mirror...
  • Spiritual_ChaosSpiritual_Chaos Posts: 5,807
    This too.  fucking Scary.


    The man they call my enemy. I've seen his eyes, he looks just like me - A mirror...
  • rgambsrgambs Posts: 9,250
    Yep.  Scary.
    40%
    Hmmm, where have I seen that number recently?
    Oh yeah, Trump's approval rating.
    Lines up pretty well!
    Monkey Driven, Call this Living?
  • SmellymanSmellyman AsiaPosts: 2,844
    rgambs said:
    Yep.  Scary.
    40%
    Hmmm, where have I seen that number recently?
    Oh yeah, Trump's approval rating.
    Lines up pretty well!
    Trump loves the poorly educated.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 20,955


    We're living on the edge of something big. It's a fantastic time in history to be alive.
    AMT, 1.25.15, 00:36 hrs.
    ***********
    M.I.T.S.
  • tbergstbergs Posts: 2,795
    A very interesting read. It sounds like she had a very conservative and compartmentalized upbringing and then was hit with the reality of how America really is and how the rest of the world views us. I agree with some of her assessments and her backstory also allows you to see who the Trump voters are in this country.

    I will admit that up until around my senior year in HS, I probably had similar experiences. As a kid, you don't think about that stuff and then in the early teens you're just a hormonal idiot so I didn't really start considering the US role in foreign affairs and its negative impact until about my senior year in HS. It helped to have a social justice class where we studied how the US engaged in Vietnam, Nicaragua, etc. In college, it was the 2nd Iraq war that really drove the point home.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/08/unlearning-the-myth-of-american-innocence
    It's a hopeless situation...
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