Apparently, it’s the cool, new counter-culture thing to rag on the greatness of the United States just ahead of Independence Day – a day where we celebrate a motley crew of farmers for successfully beating back the world’s greatest military force (at the time) so they could be free. You would think that defying the odds in such a spectacular way would be enough to prove that we are the greatest country in the world, let alone all of the amazing developments and progress made since then.
But there are still some people out there who are convinced that America simply isn’t as fantastic as we tell our children it is.
Two such people recently posted a video op-ed in the New York Times entitled “Please Stop Telling Me America Is Great.” Taige Jensen and Nayeema Raza created a video listing a great many things that they think make the United States less terrific than we think, including gun ownership, distrust toward the police, and private healthcare.
Politicians will tell you that America is the greatest country to have ever existed. Actually, it’s just O.K. https://t.co/27TsqLCVVh
— New York Times Opinion (@nytopinion) July 2, 2019
The cringe-worthy video begins by sarcastically listing what the authors think are “great” things we’ve done as a country, but stumbles immediately in calling our country a “democracy.” That should let you know that the whole premise of this video is flawed from the outset, but it gets better. It goes on to note that we’ve “built universities so prestigious that even Taliban warlords send their kids.” It makes one wonder if this is a conversation that is going to be had in good faith.
While the authors admit that there is “no single way to measure greatness,” they go on to try to do exactly that, by comparing statistics with other countries – led by a racial dig.
Mentioned first up is an “18% poverty rate” that they claim puts us on par with Mexico. But a quick search of the poorest cities in America shows a disturbing trend: 82% of them are run by Democrats.
Next is the obligatory mention of education in the country, which validates every single conservative who decried the “dumbing down” of academic standards in the country via acts like Common Core.
They then have the gall to complain about how only 56% of Americans vote (compared to 80% participation in Denmark and Australia) as if that actually has any influence on our greatness.
When asked what the United States is #1 in globally, the host sarcastically lists things like “TV watching,” “mass shootings,” “civilian gun ownership,” and “prescription drug abuse.” They then say that “there are specific times and places where you can confuse America for developing country,” and then cite situations like election tampering (illustrated by a short clip of Stacey Abrams) and mistrust in police officers.
“When health, education, and safety are increasingly privatized or driven by privilege, the truth is how great America is really depends on how rich you are,” the narrator says, warning against “jingoism.”
The video itself closes out with an impossibly insulting image of the country with the words “we’re just O.K.” imposed over top.
It’s safe to say that a country people flee to when their own governments are murderous and corrupt is more than just “O.K.” One could argue that if immigrants are risking their lives to cross your borders, your country is more than just “O.K.” It could also be said that a country that is nearly leading the world in global technological advancements is just slightly above “O.K.”
If we do, however, live up to the poor statistics illustrated in the video, could it be because we are allowing an unsustainable number of law-breaking illegal immigrants to come into our country, overstay their Visas with little consequence, and utilize our finite resources? How can we focus on bolstering ourselves as a country when half of the Democrat Presidential candidates believe it’s “progressive” to supply taxpayer-funded healthcare to illegal aliens, who don’t even respect our country enough to obey our rule of law?
Americans are sick and tired of being lectured by pompous elitists on why the United States isn’t as great as we make it out to be. Sure, we aren’t perfect, but it’s hard to make the case that a country that became a world power in as short a time as we have is anything less than “great.”
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