I like to think the U.S.A. is the greatest country in the world. I have heard it said, over and over. However, when I look around at the events and systems that hold our culture together, I know it is not true ... at least not now ... maybe never. We started out as a slave holding nation, which gives lie to the Declaration of Independence; we were founded on the principles of white, male, landowners as citizens, when suggested U.S. isn't a nation of the free, and we only made citizens of Native Americans and women in recent years, which proves our Constitution was built on a faulty foundation of exploitation and manipulation by the Founding Fathers and For The Founding Fathers.
In recent years, we have not moved as far as we need to in order to live up to the dreams of some. Our education system is based on rich students having access to a far superior education system than poor children. Our health care system depends on access to money to pay for even the basics of health needs of our nation. People who work for wages and small businesses pay a disproportionate share of the costs of conducting government while wealthy can take their businesses to countries with cheaper wage-labor, more advantageous tax laws, and tax havens. Look at our roads, bridges, railroads, all needing repair. Our school need repair or replacement. The laws and law enforcement badly need upgrading. The invasion of government by religious elements goes exactly counter to what The Founding Fathers wanted.
We are not the greatest country in the world, never have been and may never be.