Quite frankly, I’m sick of the “rah! rah! rah!” that the US gets right around this time of year for being the best country in the world—and there’s even more hype now because it’s an election year. Time to “rally the base” y’all!
It could be said that the thinly-veiled propaganda is intended to give citizens hope that their elected officials are doing something right. Or maybe it’s just tradition, going back to a time when America actually did lead the way. But every time I hear someone say, matter-of-factly that America is the best country in the world, I want to know where they got their stats.
CNN published a very long article today that underscores the sentiment that many people think, but are too afraid to say: America isn’t the best country in the world. Not even close, by a number of indicators.
Ok, we’re great at a lot of things: we allow more freedom of choice than hundreds of other countries and when it comes to offering people resources to innovate, we’re top notch. But let’s face it, in so many categories we’ve lost ground.
So can we all just drop the needless patriotism (sometimes very nearly nationalism) and start to actually FIX the problems we have?