Nope...not even remotely close.
Im a right leaning American, yes.
Im a left leaning American, yes.
Im not American, yes.
Im a right leaning American, no.
Im a left leaning American, no.
Im not American, no.
Nope...not even remotely close.
'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
'We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away.'
"Better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool."
The American Industrial Revolution has brought us AGW. American Corporatism has brought us GMO "frankenfoods." The Monroe Doctrine and "banana Republics" sponsored by Corprorate USA like the Rockefellers. The Military/Industrial/Corporate Complex has brought us continuous War. The School of the Americas in Georgia taught tinhorn dictators how to operate using death squads and terrorism in Latin and South America. What are the body count totals in Honduras, Guatamala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Colombia, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Panama, Venezuela, Granada, Cuba, Vietnam, Angola, Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Libya, Egypt, Ukraine, Pakistan, Yemen, and any Nation that has US Energy Corporations extracting their assets (oil, gas). Since it is mostly USA and British Corporations that have birthed and promoted the uncontrolled use of energy that is causing Global Warming, then there also lays the blame. No question the total effect is NEGATIVE. Currently the Corporate/Fascist control of our gov't by big Energy and the MIC is creating Worldwide instability and all in an attempt to save a "fiat" currency backed by a strong military, not by financial prudence and sound investment practices.
Its a vague question and certainly America has its share of shameful events and glorious achievements. Genocide of the natives, slavery, Jim Crow, and a lot of interventionist policies in the 20th century all merit being chalked up as negatives. But establishing a workable democracy and then exporting those values across the world, the countless improvement American inventors, business men, and entrepreneurs have created, playing a key role in the defeat of the twin evils of the 20th century - Nazism and Communism, our many humanitarian efforts, righting some of horrible wrongs of our past like slavery and Jim Crow are all points in our favor. On a whole, I'd say America, while having a mixed record like ANY nation, has been a positive force in the world.
Slipping into madness is good for the sake of comparison - Unknown.
Here is an interesting take on the reduction of war since WW II:
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/article...hink_again_warIn the decade of Darfur and Iraq, and shortly after the century of Stalin, Hitler, and Mao, the claim that violence has been diminishing may seem somewhere between hallucinatory and obscene. Yet recent studies that seek to quantify the historical ebb and flow of violence point to exactly that conclusion.
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At what point did history become ethics? Why should we subvert the elusive search for facts to moralist concerns? If you want to be a preacher, go preach. If you want to save the world, go into politics. If you want to invent a world free of evil, take Prozac. -Dave Williams, George Mason Univ.