Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
I would have to say yes they do.There are literally tens of thousands of people that save up and travel to America to make it their new home every year. Is it the same for other nations? Do they save up to move to China or the Middle East or South America or even Europe in the same manner that they do for America?
Do you think that France, the UK, Spain, Germany, Switzerland et al don't have millions of immigrants living in them?
People tend to want to live in the richest and most advanced countries in the world. The US is not special in this regard. If anything, the US seems unusually paranoid and angry about immigration - which is odd, given that it was founded by immigrants from Europe fleeing persecution...
There are scores of measures that various international bodies use to measure countries against one another. This may come as a shock to you but the countries that tend to come top in measurements such as the Human Development Index, Democracy Index, Child Welfare Index, GDP Per Capita, and the WHO healthcare rankings all tend to be not the United States.
I like many things about America. My wife and family are American. But your typically American answer is near word perfect demonstration of why I don't like nationalism. It promotes an at times rabid desire to demonstrate that ones country is better than all other countries and is always devoid of fact or reason.
One thing that struck me reading this thread was, of all the people who said that patriotisim/nationalism is, or could be a good thing - only one person actually gave a reason why.
The rest of the answers were along the lines of "I think patriotism is good - because I like it"....
"Patriotism varies, from noble devotion to a moral lunacy"
I want nationalism- The new Americanism. One nation one voice one world to make in our image. To champion the causes of the underprivaleged and make justice and the rule of law our way of foregin affairs. Spreading the American high minded ideals to the world. Offering the new brand of Americanism to be shared and held with a sense of pride for everyone.
The first state in the new era of AMERICAN VALUES first an foremost is ARIZONA. Reaffirming our belief in self rule and dedicating this century
to those who come after us to carry on the, Great Experiment.
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
You may want to look up the following:
Magna Carta - England - 1215
- Begins to establish that all men - including kings are equal under the law
Habeas Corpus Act - England - 1679
- Stengthens existing laws against unlawful detention that had been on English statute books for nearly 300 years
English Bill of Rights - England - 1689 (98 years before the US Constitution was signed)
- The American consitution is largely based on this document.
US Declaration of Independence - United States - 1776
- Incredibly beautiful document written largely by Thomas Jefferson.
- "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..."
- No one notices the absurdity of using this sentence to declare independence for a country that has institutionalized slavery
US Constitution Ratified - United States - 1787?
- Another beautifully written document
- Article 1, Section 2, Clause 3 institutionalizes the idea that all men are not created equal when it states that slaves only count as three fifths of a man when apportioning seats in the House of Representatives
The US has been telling everyone that it came up with the ideas of western democracy ever since. It didn't - it just had better marketing than the British