Why America isn't the greatest country in the world anymore.

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. 

Why America isn't the greatest country in the world anymore.

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Comment by k.h. ky on August 20, 2014 at 8:20pm
Yes, Tom, I'm in ky. Unfortunately.
Comment by Freethinker31 on August 20, 2014 at 5:31pm

LOL      you are too much  Bertold....

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 20, 2014 at 5:30pm

Dear optimist and pessimist:

While you were debating how full the glass of water is, I drank it.

Yours,

the Opportunist

Comment by Freethinker31 on August 20, 2014 at 5:23pm

Bertold....I am a glass half full  kind  of guy.........:=D

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 20, 2014 at 5:13pm

FT31 - 

However  I am still optimistic that  with  the right Presidential leadership, a co-operative Congress  and  a more left leaning  SCOTUS, America  could turn itself  around once  again.....Lets  Hope!!!

I would agree that these three things would help, but I'm going to have to use up the rest of our pessimism quota on the likelihood of all three coming about in time to stave off disaster.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on August 20, 2014 at 4:27pm

k. h. ky. (in Kentucky?), I liked Olberman's show too, especially his editorials. He told people where he was on issues.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on August 20, 2014 at 4:22pm

Asa, have you seen any quality of life comparisons between the Nordic nations -- Denmark, Norway and Sweden -- and the USofA?

 

Comment by Freethinker31 on August 20, 2014 at 3:16pm

Excellent  responses  here.......We are certainly a diverse  crowd.  Some say  Americas status as  the only Super Power and the Greatest  country  in the World is past its  peak.....To me the United  States started  going  downhill after  President Johnson.....Nixon had to resign, Ford was a caretaker  president....Carter wavered too much depending on the polls....Reagan had  Supply side Economic policy which  failed and also  had the Iran Contra  debacle,HW Bush  more or less continued the Reagan era,  Bill Clinton  had the Monica Lewinsky scandal  and was impeached...GW Bush  gave us the Iraq War which  has spawned  ISIS and no one is sure  what is next...Obama, our first Black  President, has his  hands  tied by the Fundamentalist  Christian right, and has to deal with the worst Do Nothing Congress in American history.....The fantastic  Highway system started  under  Eisenhower and all the bridges still need  to be repaired. We had a chance  for Medicare  for All, a single  payer  health system, derailed  by the right wing republicans, and so  had  to settle  for second best,  a controversial  plan called  the ACA...Our  foreign policy is in shambles  thanks  to Our  aggression in the Middle  East.....So it is hard  to  call America  the Greatest  country on Earth  at this  moment......However  I am still optimistic that  with  the right Presidential leadership, a co-operative Congress  and  a more left leaning  SCOTUS, America  could turn itself  around once  again.....Lets  Hope!!!

Comment by k.h. ky on August 20, 2014 at 12:16am
The McAvoy character is purported to be Keith Olbermann . I loved his show. He was a bigger liberal than I am.
Comment by Tom Sarbeck on August 20, 2014 at 12:14am

Right on, booklover.

Who remembers Manifest Destiny, the doctrine that the white races are entitled to rule?

From Europe, some of it went across the Atlantic. From America's eastern states it went to the western territories. From the mainland states it went across the Pacific, took Hawaii and used threats of force to open Japan to trade.

Also from Europe, some of it went to Asia where with military force it opened China to drugs grown in England's India.

But that's okay; conquest is human nature. We don't judge previous centuries' actions with this century's morality. We do pay the accrued bills with today's lives and tax revenues.

And America's jingoists now speak of American Exceptionalism.

Yeah, conquest is human nature. Whatever we do, let's not learn from history.

Let's help the Chinese make the Earth uninhabitable.

In case I used more than my share of pessimism, let's party.

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