The New York Times has a video opinion piece today:
America is the greatest country on earth. It’s a phrase, a slogan, a dogma for patriots. And as we stare down the barrel of an upcoming election, we’re prepared to hear this refrain echo. In the video Op-Ed above, we argue that the myth of America as the greatest nation on earth is at best outdated …
Go here to view the video. An America bashing piece by the New York Times is only to be expected, but it did cause me to reflect why I think America is the greatest nation on Earth. Here is my list:
1. Home-The USA is my home. I wouldn’t give two pennies for a guy or gal who didn’t think their homeland wasn’t the greatest on Earth, at least in their eyes. Of course this sentiment is not popular among the self-proclaimed elites who make up the Times readership and who regard themselves as part of an international elite, above such things as patriotism which is only for the lesser breeds of their fellow countrymen they relish looking down upon.
2. Freedom-No nation on Earth places fewer restrictions on basic freedoms like freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the right to bear arms than the US. If you like being a free man or woman, the US stands second to none on Earth.
3. History-But for the US the globe would likely consist of squabbling totalitarian states.
4. Friendliness-There are friendly people around the globe, but the US has a well-earned reputation as being perhaps the friendliest nation on Earth in person-person relationships, a fact often noted by visitors to these shores.
5. Independence-Too many countries around the globe are “forelock societies” where people bow to elites. Americans don’t, often to the dismay of many of our own elites who envy the type of deference that the elites in other nations enjoy. This can make the country hard to govern, but the Founding Fathers never intended this fair land of freedom to be a utopia for those who wish to rule.
6. Military Strength-The peace of most of the rest of the world is a gift courtesy of Uncle Sam, and would vanish like water in the desert but for the US.
7. Religion-In too many nations religious believers are treated like second class citizens, at best. In the US that is not yet the case.
8. Opportunity-If you want to be your own boss, the US is still the best place to be. In this nation you can succeed spectacularly or fail spectacularly, and that fact is worth a great deal to me.
America will never be mistaken for Utopia, but it is first in my heart, and the improvements that can be made to it does not diminish my love for it.