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Newsroom: Why America Isn’t the Greatest Country in the World

Posted by Troy on 8th November 2014 in Current Events, Entertainment

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There is a clip from the Newsroom going around.  People are posting it as though it is some sort of deep commentary on America.  It is not.

First of all, the writer gives himself a leg up.  The Pro-America crowd limit themselves to under five words.  The Anti-America guy launches in a long winded, self-important tirade.  Of this, you are supposed to come away saying…gee…maybe America isn’t the greatest country in the world.  Also, the dude is a dick for the direct and derogatory speech to the asker of the question who has done nothing wrong and is (presumably) not on his level.

There are a few ways for me to rebut this.  I suppose the easiest is semantics.  The question was “Why is America the greatest country?”  Well, shoot, that basically goes under the assumption that we are the greatest country.  It was not, “What is the greatest country and why?”  To answer the question, one would pick those reasons which would be argued.  As such, the gentlemanly thing to do is to choose those aspects which you think does make America the greatest.

The second rebuttal is basically an extension of the first.  Why any country is the greatest is little more than a matter of opinion and cannot be proven.  This is because there is no reference point.  As the man points out…what parameters are you going on?  But this is not the argument he makes.  Instead, he hints at this and then goes on to say that America is not the greatest country.  It lacks conviction.

The third rebuttal is the proper take-down.  ”We have the most powerful military and the most powerful economy.”  Those are the two factors that determine the strength and greatness of any country.  You can have a 100% literacy rate and 0% poverty rate.  It does little good if the barbarians come running through and slaughter every man, woman, and child.

The final rebuttal is purely opinion.  I can talk of history.  I can talk of self-rule.  I can talk about a handful of colonies standing up to the greatest power in the world.  I can talk about the first Constitution.  I can talk about limited government, separation of powers, and the ideals of the founding.  I can talk about idealism and optimism.  I can talk about the total lack of fear when it comes to authority.  I can talk about imagination and drive.  I can talk about spirit and so many other things.  Unfortunately, I agree with the caustic jerk…we are on the decline with this generation.  However, we are on a decline due to professors and people just like this jerk.  Our children have long been at the mercy of teachers and media and movies that do their level best to promote socialism, demonize capitalism, ridicule patriotism, demean traditions and family values and religion, demonize our past completely, play off the Constitution as irrelevant, and promote the social state which has led to a generation of morons whose sole ability to support themselves is to vote Democrat.  However, with all this, I still say we are the greatest country in the world.  Why?

We cause we never give up.

Long Live the Constitution!