America Sucks

Liberals love to run around saying how much America sucks, and why we need to be more like Europe or Asia or some other backward hole. But they never stop to really think about what it is they've got. So lets look at some things:

1. Grocery stores are stocked full of food, all the time. Often more food than the population in the immediate area could ever hope to eat. Much of what's not purchased is donated to the needy by the corporations running the stores. Not hoarded by warlords.

2. Public education is entirely free. At least until the 12th grade. There are plenty of places in this world where that's not an option. There are also plenty of places where being female, black, non-Muslim, or some other thing means you'll NEVER be educated in that country. There's a reason so many people come to the USA for their education. People are also free to be jackasses in school. Isn't freedom great?

3. We have 95% employment. We've sustained rates at or near this level for years, despite recessions, wars, and other economic problems. Even under tax and spend liberal presidents like Bill Clinton. Lots of European nations can't even boast 75% employment during peacetime.

4. In America, if your house catches fire, you'll have a qualified, well trained response within minutes. The people will risk their lives to save yours and your home. They won't ask you to pay for this either. If you're injured in the process you get taken to the hospital where the finest medical professionals on Earth will tend to your care.

5. Not happy with your government? Speak out. March down the street with silly signs, crazy costumes, and chant silly slogans. The worst that may happen is you get arrested for causing a disturbance or blocking traffic. Practically everywhere else in the world you'd be tried and then imprisoned and/or executed. In many places they'd skip right to the execution.

6. Security. How often do you see random homicide bombers roaming the streets of New York? Chicago? Los Angeles? How often does someone round up 500 innocent civilians and line them up to be shot, for no other reason than the amusement of some wackjob warlord? Never? That's because we have the best law enforcement in the world. The fact that we have the freedom to get pissed off certainly isn't hurting. Now go take a walk through any of the Muslim countries. Or, perhaps a trip to Paris?

7. Prosperity. Even the poorest among us have plenty. Nearly every home in America has electricity and running water. The vast majority of those also have a telephone, a television ( or two ), a refrigerator, and a microwave. More than 70% of homes in America have a computer with internet access. The average family owns two cars too.

8. The greatest military ever. Yep, there's a reason for why nobody messes with the USA. Everytime someone has they've had their asses kicked from here to eternity and back again. There's a reason why there hasn't been another terrorist attack on US soil since 9/11. Despite what the thugs in the liberal media are saying, we're quite capable of deciding to take on the world. And we'd win easily if we did so. Yet we also have the honor and integrity to not abuse that power and so this fact is highly unlikely to ever be tested in the real world.

There's so much to be proud of in America. So much this nation does for the people of the world that should be praised and appreciated, yet is scorned and maligned simply because they're all jealous of what we've built for ourselves. So before you find yourself with a bunch of libs spouting off about how awful we are and goind "YEAH! America sucks!" just so you can seem cool and fit in, why not stop and think about all the greatness we've achieved throughout history instead. Perhaps you could even share that with others. Patriotism is not evil.
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"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

       
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Posted on Jun 21, 2008 11:41 am by Samson in: | 5 comment(s) [Closed]
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Not that I particularly disagree with much if any of this, because it's basically true, but a couple three caveats:

1. Our inner cities, many of them, still suck despite it all. Granted that it's first world and not third world levels of suck, but the people getting shot up in gang fights and the like are still dead no matter what. Also, I think it says something that I've never felt at issue walking down the street at night in anywhere in Europe I've been, but will not do so in any city I've lived in or travelled to in America, with one exception.

2. There's a certain element of "You get what you pay for" to our education system, and there's definitely plenty of us who've gotten a pretty poor one. Better than sitting around with sticks in a one room hut? Probably. But sometimes not much better. We're good, but we can be better. On the other hand, if you made it out of high school in one piece, there's basically no excuse for not going to college, even if you have to pay back loans later.

3. Besides the fact that the 95% figure is somewhat deceptive (think regional rates, here, which vary more), I've been unemployed enough to know that it's really not great to be one of the 5%. For one thing, we're a lot more expensive day to day than many places. Too, there's plenty of people who may have jobs, but are still screwed because they don't make enough. Seen enough of that. Not much good living in the land of plenty if you can't afford it.

4. But our emergency services do rock. Yes, yes they do.

5. We've got freedom of speech, for the most part (not so much the military, but there's good reason for that). OTOH, there's plenty of informal censorship that goes on, be it by employers or the people in the community. And then there's the government, sometimes ignoring that pesky First Amendment (and you may ask your local librarian about banned books, here). OTOH, we're still better than pretty much anybody else in the world.

6. I really talked about security back up the way. Again, suicide bombers in the big cities? No. Unhealthy amounts of gangs and the like? Yes.

7. Talked about this up above too. Yeah, we're rich, but there are exceptions to that.

8. Oh, come off it. Yes, we have the best military the world has ever seen. Yes, in most instances, we can beat the ass of whomever we choose. But take on the world? No. Yeah, we did something akin to that in World War II. Yes, up until about 1991, in a conventional war, we had a pretty good chance of winning World War III, if it didn't go nuclear. We can win at nuclear, yes, for values of they all die but so do we, which isn't really winning. But let's be realistic here. Without some serious changes, we can't go fighting any more wars than the ones we've already got. Invade Iran? A pipe dream unless we somehow double the Army. North Korea's probably about the same. Good luck invading China, pretty much at all.

This also ignores the fact that to any conflict we become involve in, there will be involvement by our political leaders and our civilian populace. And if those two don't work in harmony with the military, it doesn't matter how awesome the military is, we'll still lose. Hence Vietnam, where we won pretty much all the battles, and still got beat. Hence Iraq, where despite one of the best blitzkreigs in history, we still almost lost the occupation (and still might, depending on Congress). Afghanistan, same.

OTOH, in some backup to that, there's a fair amount to be said in support of the idea that we, as a culture, have pretty much lost sight of how bad real wars are, hence all that blather about how Iraq has been going on longer than World War II, which signifies...I dunno what, really, but I guess we're trying to make it somehow bigger than that war, which is ridiculous on any level imaginable. And not that I can talk about casualty rates without sounding like a dick, but while one is too many, at least we're not losing people in World War II or even Vietnam levels. But I digress.

OTOOH, on the issue of honor and integrity, there are lots and lots of times in the 20th century alone where we've really, incredibly, dropped the ball on both those. Officially, let alone unofficially. Pointless internment of Japanese-American civilians? Yeah, we've got that. Assorted assassinations and meddling in the affairs of world governments? Yeah, we've got lots of that. Thank you for fucking us, 1980s foreign policy, especially in Latin America. Go back to the 19th century, and we're picking up the tab for not quite genocide of a whole continent full of natives, plus slavery, plus a few other things. But we're getting better, mostly.

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All that having been said, yeah, we in this country still have it about as good as anyone in the history of life has ever had it. And good for us for that, and we should be happy about it. That having been said, there's a fairly long poltiical tradition in this country that involves bitching about how things ain't the way they should be, and going about fixing them as best we can. Goes all the way back to a bunch of colonials, in fact. And that particular tradition has got us to where we are today, and we should be thankful for that, too.

       
While we're at it, would someone mind passing the turkey and stuffing? :P

       
That's one American tradition it's pretty hard to go wrong with, ayup.

Mmmm...turkey.

       
There's a couple of spelling/typing errors in the original post.

       
I just have to say that we'd have a hard time if Russia and China teamed up against us..

Wanna bet Europe would say "Uhh.. we're sitting this one out." if they didn't get attacked?

       
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