No, we’d much rather just complain
As I noted previously, 80% of Americans don’t believe that the government can be successful. By and large, we Americans believe that the government is broken. Yet, we still maintain that America is the best country in the world. We don’t have nearly the best education system, nor healthcare system, nor justice system. But, apparently, we’re still the best. We don’t have totally equal rights for women, for gay people, for minorities. We don’t have the highest standard of living. We don’t have a strong economy (right now). But– WE’RE STILL THE BEST!
I’m curious, given our dissatisfaction with the government and the way the country is run, why we still believe that America is the best country in the world. Undoubtedly, there’s a lot of great things about this country…but I still think that the zealous patriotism espoused by many Americans is little uncalled for.
In one breath a person can begrudge the government for screwing up everything in his life: his kids’ classroom size; the cost of his prescriptions; the cost of his mortgage; the price of gas; the taxing of this or that; his 401K account balance; his job security; his marriage; the weather; and so on and so forth — and still proclaim from the highest purple mountain’s majesty that America is the best country in the world. How is that? Are we loyal to our government — the American “way of life” — for no good reason?
If we’re not the greatest country in the world (how is that defined?!), would we revolt like so many before us have? If every last person in this country believed that the government is broken beyond repair, would we take up arms? Would we march on Washington and demand the dissolution of Congress? Burn the Constitution and start fresh? Cede and start a new, better country?
No, I don’t think we would. We’ve lost that revolutionary spirit. We’re too preoccupied, distracted, busy; we have given up and given in. Of course we have: American Idol is on.