The Greatest? Really?

Categories: Opinion

The United States of America is the greatest country in the world!

Or is it?

Here's a partial list of the categories the USA leads the world in, according to nationmaster.com's top rankings for the United States.  You can decide for yourself if this qualifies America as "the best".

world
rank
positivenegative
1st
  • Gross Domestic Product
  • Rapes
  • Total crimes
  • Oil consumption
  • CO2 emissions
  • Obesity
  • Divorce rate
2nd
  • Tourist arrivals
  • Murders
  • Robberies
  • Coal consumption
  • Ecological footprint
  • Abortions
  • Military tanks
3rd
  • Exports
  • Oil production
  • Car production
  • Murders committed by youths
  • Population below median income
  • Armed forces personnel
4th
  • Land
  • Population
  • Size of houses
  • Drug offences
  • Homosexuals
5th
  • Gross National Income (per capita)
  • Primary teacher starting salary
  • Executions
  • Jails
  • Student dislike of school
  • CO2 emissions (per capita)
  • Personal income tax

Personally, I think we have a lot of work to do before we reach the top.  I also believe that one of the reasons so many people around the world want to destroy us is because 1) we keep bragging about how awesome we are while we have some serious problems that have been ignored decade after decade, and 2) we keep sticking our noses in their nation's business as if we have the solutions to their problems when we can't even fix our own.  Haiti is a current example of that.  Yes, humanitarian aid is admirable, but Vice President Joe Biden's comment that we're in it "for the long haul" means that the U.S. is seizing this opportunity to establish a greater presence in Haiti and excercise more control over the country.  This after the local, state, and federal governments' responses (or lack of) to their own people following the 2005 Hurricane Katrina proved in some ways to be a bigger disaster than the hurricane itself.

If we're truly the best, any reasonably intelligent person will recognize that and we won't need to brag about it.  If we're not the best (and we're not), let's humble down a bit, and focus on our own issues before we interfere with those of other countries.  Even after we've perfected our game, with a few rare exceptions, let's allow the rest of the world overcome their own challenges, and provide assistance only when they truly need it and ask for it.

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