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 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 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 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.

Comment by tom sarbeck on August 20, 2014 at 12:12am

Asa, am I reading "...the politically caustic “hate America” of the right wing" as you intend?

I have heard right wingers say left wingers hate America.

Comment by k.h. ky on August 20, 2014 at 12:08am
Again Joan l agree with you. I believe the loss of our middle class, due to many of the factors you cited, will be our downfall. I find it hard to believe that people think so much of their money they don't care about a common good for our country or its people. Instead of helping poor children, infrastructure, schools and the numerous things it takes to pay for them they're afraid someone is going to steal their money.
I don't call it stealing. I call it paying your fair share. The lack of empathy is appalling.
Comment by Michael Penn on August 19, 2014 at 11:48pm

We are not the greatest country in the world, never have been and may never be

I used to believe we were the greatest. Not so today. I can express it well with your last line.

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