What makes America great?

miloblithe

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Like many of the people on this forum, I'm quick to criticize the United States. I'm also quick to criticize other countries. I imagine that like many of the people on this forum, although I criticize the United States, I firmly believe that the US is a great country and has a lot of amazing and wonderful things about it.

So how about it? Let's talk about some of the strengths of the US for a thread (and make the conservatives a little happier I imagne).
 

Blue Velvet

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• Great literature, great music, great movies...
• A written constitution with the words, 'we, the people...'
• Designed in California ;)
 

TheMonarch

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I didn't mean it in an evil way... Its just an awesome feeling knowing that I live in the most powerful country in the world (Also, I live in the most powerful state of that country, California [which also happens to be an awesome state]). Of course, with this power may evil things have happened... But what can I say? It wasn't me, and I wouldn't have let it happen if I could (all the evil things we've done)...
 

zimv20

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bousozoku said:
It's freedom of thought and individuality unlike any other country's
even a little deeper than that, imo it's this idea that just because one is born in a certain location doesn't mean they must adopt the cultural or religious patterns of that place.

therefore, any attempt to force conformity or religious beliefs is unamerican.
 

TheMonarch

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skunk said:
So were the dinosaurs.

I don't get it? You mean that our once high and mighty nation's power is going to go the way of the dinosaur? (extinct?)

Plus what's wrong with me mentioning power? I mean common, Its great, the world answers to us (though I very much agree that we shouldn't do evil with our power)...

But honestly, I'm giving the US as a whole too much credit. Really, I like California, which happens to be part of the US, we're the most populous and most powerful state in the country, we're the Fifth largest economy in the world for crying out loud! We have lots of diversity, beauty of nature, hollywood lives here... The list goes on...

EDIT: What I also love about America, is that, we have Mexico, Canada, and all of South America, which I also think are great countries (if you want to include all that is America)...
 

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blaskillet4 said:
I don't get it? You mean that our once high and mighty nation's power is going to go the way of the dinosaur? (extinct?)

Plus what's wrong with me mentioning power? I mean common, Its great, the world answers to us (though I very much agree that we shouldn't do evil with our power)...
well i think he ment it along the side of other superpowers throughout the history
you know pretty much all of them stopped being powerfull .. some soon and without pain (UDSSR) .. some later and with lots of blood (the roman empires)
 

Blue Velvet

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bousozoku said:
It's freedom of thought and individuality unlike any other country's...
Respectfully, I would disagree. Personally, I see more expressed individuality and freedom of thought here in the UK, particularly as it is far more secular with a greater deal of healthy scepticism towards its institutions.

Mind you, you guys have far superior plumbing.
 

mpw

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Blue Velvet said:
No, it bloody well doesn't. Completely ridiculous and worryingly fascistic... :rolleyes:
Give them a break BV, don't forget America's idea of 'the world' is quite limited. I was staying in the CA in 1994 with some American friends and there was a survey of high school kids where they'd each been given a political map of the world without the countries labeled. 45% did not correctly label Canada!
 

andym172

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blaskillet4 said:
Plus what's wrong with me mentioning power? I mean common, Its great, the world answers to us...
We do? :confused:

I'd hazard a bet that it's this kind of view which makes America possibly the most hated country in the world.

But honestly, I'm giving the US as a whole too much credit. Really, I like California, which happens to be part of the US, we're the most populous and most powerful state in the country, we're the Fifth largest economy in the world for crying out loud!
Remind me, what's your current debt deficit?
 

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miloblithe said:
What makes America great?
Your language, English.

Your size, the land not your people.

Of course the US is actually many different States United so should probably be compared to the EU rather than individual coutries or states.