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    Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    This is seen as nearly axiomatic in some circles. In others, it's seen as misguided arrogance.

    I want to know whether the maxim rings true with you, and your reasoning.


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    Re: Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    We're diverse, but also segregated. Freedom and opportunity (which I see as going hand in hand)...eh, not really, and it's getting worse. I guess you could say that some Americans are more free and have more opportunity than others.
    Nobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.

    Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.

    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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    Re: Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    I used to think so, but we're falling further into mediocrity these days.
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    Re: Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    My thoughts: Yes, this is the greatest nation on earth. Below are some of the reasons....

    - We're the richest. We have more money than any other nation on earth and it ain't close.
    - We're the smartest. We have something like over half of the world's Nobel Prize winners. Our universities are the top ranked in the world.
    - We're the most industrial. Modern industry as you know it was invented and perfected in the US of A.
    - We kick ass. Most powerful military in the history of human civilization relative to our contemporaries
    - We're not sissies - looking at you, France
    - We innovate. We invented pretty much everything in existence in the modern world, and that trend is continuing.
    - We sent a man to the moon for christ's sake. That was 50 years ago. No other nation has yet to be able to do it, even today.
    - We don't have stupid royalty or aristocracies. America is the only country on earth where going rags to riches is truly seen as possible.
    - We dominate the global political scene. If America wants something done, such as a treaty, it gets done.
    - Other nations need us more than we need them.
    - We utterly dominate popular culture and the arts - Hollywood baby. ALL the movies that seen by a broad audience are American. We invented rock and roll, the blues, rap, hip hop, and all the modern media. We invented television, and pretty much everything that goes on it.


    I could go on, but that's a start.
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    Re: Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I used to think so, but we're falling further into mediocrity these days.
    Does a mediocre nation send men to the moon, and then get bored of it? If any other nation were capable of sending a man to the moon, they would have done so. We did it 50 years ago.

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    Re: Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Does a mediocre nation send men to the moon, and then get bored of it? If any other nation were capable of sending a man to the moon, they would have done so. We did it 50 years ago.
    Yeah, we used to be great.
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    Re: Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Yeah, we used to be great.
    What's the latest and greatest technology today? Computers and the internet? Both American inventions, and America dominates both industries. We always have been and always will be leading the pack when it comes to driving the direction of technology.

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    Re: Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    That cell phone in your pocket? Guess who invented it? America. You're welcome, world.

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    Re: Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    Who invented the airplane? AMERICA.

    Who built the first nuclear reactor and who was the first to split the atom? AMERICA.


    Boy I could go on and on.

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    Re: Is America the greatest nation on earth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    My thoughts: Yes, this is the greatest nation on earth. Below are some of the reasons....

    - We're the richest. We have more money than
    Unless your last name is Walton, Gates, Jobs, or Zuckerberger, you might want to double check your online banking balance.

    - We're the smartest. We have something like over half of the world's Nobel Prize winners. Our universities are the top ranked in the world.
    Hardly true. Our best and brightest university professors also often originate from outside the US.

    - We're the most industrial. Modern industry as you know it was invented and perfected in the US of A.
    Modern society as I know it was perfected by the Japanese, Sony in particular, revolutionizing personal electronics.

    - We kick ass. Most powerful military in the history of human civilization relative to our contemporaries
    Who would be our contemporaries?

    - We're not sissies - looking at you, France
    You go--ranch dressing kicks french dressing's ass with or without gloves.
    - We innovate. We invented pretty much everything in existence in the modern world, and that trend is continuing.
    Hardly true at all.
    - We sent a man to the moon for christ's sake. That was 50 years ago. No other nation has yet to be able to do it, even today.
    Nothing screams American superiority like us not even being able to put a man into orbit without paying the Russians 50 years later.

    - We don't have stupid royalty or aristocracies. America is the only country on earth where going rags to riches is truly seen as possible.
    Kween Kim Kardashian might have you drawn in Kwuartered.

    - We dominate the global political scene. If America wants something done, such as a treaty, it gets done.
    Bashar al Assad remaining in power certainly proves your point there

    - Other nations need us, we don't need them.
    Got a link for that from a source other than Fox News?


    I could go on, but that's a start.
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