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Is It My Fault?

Categories: Opinion

By Jonas Maxwell / November 22, 2015

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I'm a white guy.

Is it my fault we broke off from British rule and founded the United States of America?

Is it my fault Benjamin Franklin's research led to the invention of the lightning rod, and helped pave the way to batteries in the 1750's?

Is it my fault the Declaration of Independence was written and signed in 1776?

Is it my fault the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1789?

Is it my fault the game of baseball was born in the 18th century?

Is it my fault the Civil War and slavery ended through the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865?

Is it my fault the Louisiana Purchase allowed the U.S. to acquire around 828,000 square miles of territory from the French in 1803?

Is it my fault priceless information about the geography and inhabitants of what would be the western United States was acquired from the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805?

Is it my fault the first commercially successful steamboat was launched in 1807?

Is it my fault the idea of the Transcontinental Railroad was born in the 1860's?

Is it my fault westward expansion helped firmly establish the United States as it is today?

Is it my fault the Trans-Oceanic Cable Communication was laid in 1858?

Is it my fault James Clerk Maxwell showed mathematically that electromagnetic waves could propagate through free space in 1864?

Is it my fault the U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia, the nation's second largest land acquisition, in 1867?

Is it my fault the incandescent light bulb was perfected in 1879?

Is it my fault America helped end the Spanish colonial rule in the Americas, and acquired new territories in the Western Pacific following the Spanish-American War in 1898?

Is it my fault Eli Whitney promoted and popularized interchangeable parts, leading to successful mass-production in the late 18th century?

Is it my fault the world's first modern skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1885?

Is it my fault the game of basketball was created in 1891?

Is it my fault television was invented and developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries?

Is it my fault the first practical submarine was commissioned in 1900?

Is it my fault the first manned flight occurred in 1903?

Is it my fault the Ford Model T was built in 1908?

Is it my fault the Panama Canal was built in 1914?

Is it my fault the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote was ratified in 1920?

Is it my fault Hoover Dam was built in 1928?

Is it my fault the first man-made nuclear reactor was developed in 1942?

Is it my fault World War II ended in the mid-40's?

Is it my fault Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in level flight in 1947?

Is it my fault construction on the Interstate Highway System began in 1956?

Is it my fault the Civil Rights Act was signed in 1964?

Is it my fault the Internet was developed starting in the late 60's?

Is it my fault Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon in 1969?

Is it my fault cell phones were developed starting in 1973?

Is it my fault that in less than 200 years, America rose to become a super-power and the greatest nation ever?

You bet it is!

"If you can't say something nice, let's hear it!"   — Joan Rivers

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