Alexis de Toqueville, a Frenchman visiting America in the early 19th century said, "America is great because America is good. When America cease to be good, America will cease to be great." Because of Ronald Reagan, America returned to greatness in the late 20th century. However, we are declining again. We are still the world's greatest superpower, but that could change in nearly a heartbeat. When I think of possible superpowers to combat us, the only one's that come to mind are China and Russia. Russia is still recovering from the Soviet Union, which leaves China as the only threat. However, when I think about ten years or so from now, I see a warlike, nuclear Iran becoming a very dangerous threat. America's greatness could decline very fast
The US is not the wisest country, or the nicest country, or the best country in which to live. But ever since WW2 it has seen itself as a country with a mission: saving the world from evil domination. As childish and strange as it may sound, Americans came to see themselves as the saviors of the "free-world" - the part of the world that was good. They've spent trillions in treasure and tens of thousands of lives trying to do what they think a super-hero nation ought to do. People always accuse America of having selfish reasons for what she does, and it is certainly true that some do, especially the selfish elite. But for the most part America has never asked for anything much in return for her self-perceived heroism except for friendship and loyalty. That's why I think America is so much like a child. Everyone said we invaded Iraq for the oil, but we got no oil. They've been saying we will attack Iran every few months for the past four years, but we're still talking. I'll admit that (like a child) America has made and continues to make many foolish mistakes. But I've always seen moral goodness as a function of intent, not of perfection. Sadly, the America of today is not the same model of goodness as the America of the past, and greatness is slowly slipping out of her hands. But for now . . . For at least a few more years . . . America is still the most benign "empire" the world has ever known.
I could go on and on why America is amazing but I will somewhat briefly explain why it is...
-we fight for freedom and defend democracies
-we promote the financial growth of all people who try and obtain it
-we exceed in new technological advances everyday and have been since 1776 (Internet, airplanes, cars, radio, electricity, skyscrapers, jeans, postcards, refrigeration just to name a few)
-in only around 200 years of existence we have managed to become the number one world power and become one of the richest countries in the world.
-we have one of the most beautiful countries out there (from the mountains of Alaska, to the Hawaiian Islands, the Grand Canyon, and many beautiful cities)
-we have a great culture and diverse people that bring in their own unique traditions
...And much much much much more.
We are the best for these reasons:
We support innovation and technology
We put liberty in front of temporary security
Our constitution was built on the idea that the people limit the government, not vice-versa
We have the shortest constitution in the world
America was built on the idea of the individual
America was also built by hard work
Our government, set up by the constitution, has become a role model for developing countries
We are diverse
The legislative process is slow and inefficient, which creates compromise
We are a democratic republic
We have the people in the world who are best at what they do
Because we are a union of 50 completely different states, our laws reflect a diverse group
A poor man can become a rich man if he is a working man
We were and are the experiment in government by the governed
Because we have the 2 party system, presidents from different parties create moderation
We have a beautiful country
We are a people of democracy and self-rule
When someone tries to become a dictator, we can impeach them
To sum up: the constitution, the individual, and natural rights.
We do need a good revolution though.
Of course we are. Look at how people vote with their feet, people from all over the world want to live here. Are we a great country? Hell no. Are we better than everyone else? Yea pretty much, but not by much. To borrow a little bit from Winston Churchill we are the worst country except for all the other countries. We are the most free and the most patriotic. Though based on what is going on in this country is would seem we don't want to be free, nor the best.
We are democratic and have rights that help protect us from the government. We have freedom of petition, speech, assembly to protect us from the government. If those don't stop the government then we have the 2nd amendment to fight back physically. We have the 4th amendment for fighting against the government too. We have a system of checks and balances that insure one part of government doesn't go over the others. We have the oldest living constitution in the history of the world. The United States has a capitalistic society that helps ensure the best ideas come to the United States so the best inventors and idea makers can make the most amount of money. Business's want to be here not only for the capitalistic society but because that laws are enforced on everyone so no one can take their money and leave. When you call the cops here they are here to serve you, you don't serve them. This is why the US is the best because the government works for us. We do not work for them! We have the best military and support democracies world wide. Peace is achieved because the United States is so strong no one would dare mess with it. When other countries become democracies the world becomes a better place because democracies with civil rights and the right to control their own government don't attack each other. They become peaceful and the United States of America is an enforcer of democracy world wide. Remember we control the government and we want to help other people control their own government too!
We are in other countries business. We owe the whole worlld money. We are the country with the biggest debt. Are economy is crap and eventUlly gonna have a civil war. We need a different type of government. One where the president can override other people if majority of votes are in favor of it.
How do you measure a country greatness? This is a tough question, it could be by measuring the military capabilities, or rather the education and quality of life. Or even the size of the country. In consequence this question is flawed , yet if we measured greatness by the quality of life the inhabitants have, then the US is far behind many other countries, such as Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Australia, Canada, Japan, France, etc.
It is sad that a country so prosperous as the US, has such low standards of living. For example the healthcare system is expensive and many people are left outside of the system, because they cannot pay for it. This amounts to a lowering in life expectancy and further increases the gap between the rich and the poor. While countries such as Sweden of Germany have public healthcare systems that guarantee a quality attention to the entire population. Hence life expectancy in those countries is among the highest in the world.
While education for top notch universities in the US is unrivaled, basic education is at best mediocre. The US consistently underperforms on exams taken to children across a wide range of ages. In contrast Finland has the best education for children and as a consequence the literacy of the population is among the highest in the world.
In conclusion the US should change public education and healthcare systems. Maybe the lesson to learn here is that not every solution to a problem lies in free markets and capitalism. Education and health in particular should be state owned rather than owned by private companies with profit interests. .... And Even..... The food is crapy.
Greatest country. Define great. Most land controlled? US loses. Longest rule? US loses. Most freedoms? US loses. Safest? US loses. Best healthcare? US loses. Life expectancy. US loses.
The idea that the US is the 'greatest country in the world' at this point is a huge stretch. Saying the US is the greatest country in the history of the world is basically the equivalent of yelling 'I can count to potato!' It proudly declares that you are an idiot.
Stop with the patriotism-boner people. Everyone else in the world figured out its actually pretty scary.
I believe that the only other countries that could be better is Canada or china (if china become less strict). They are powerful too, and better with immigration and cosenvation. Look what the US did to the buffalo. Or the wolf. Some of our states are obsessed with elk hunters (idaho) and ranchers (wyoming), so they create a voting block that halts conservation efforts.
We shut down our government because they didnt want Obama to pass a bill. A grown up temper tantrum doesnt sound like the "best country ever." Grow up. I hope we get into anarchy so when other nations attack and our military isnt here we'll realize we suck. Neeeeer to whoever thinks wrong.
The concept of "greatness" is too broad to make this question answerable in any meaningful way. You need to define what objective metric(s) you are using to evaluate how "great" a country is. Otherwise this question is purely subjective, and will generate only subjective answers.
For instance, the U.S. Certainly boasts the world's largest economy, and its mightiest military. It's the only remaining world superpower. If that is how you are measuring greatness, then of course you can say the U.S. Is the greatest country.
However, the U.S. Doesn't win in terms of having the world's best beaches, or giving people the most individual liberties (the Netherlands wins that one), or having the least dysfunctional government (at least at the moment), or the best educational system, healthcare system, life expectancy, quality of life, and so on. The U.S. Also is often at the center of controversy over its use of its military, with respect to wars waged in Iraq and Afghanistan and the amount of collateral damage caused. If that is how you are measuring greatness, then of course you can say the U.S. Is *not* the greatest country.
So really, it all depends upon what exactly you mean by "greatness" in the framing of the question. Without providing a specific and objective way of measuring the greatness of a country, this question is basically just asking "do you like the U.S., any why/why not?". There can be no right or wrong answers to a question like that.
The fact that we are not the only country in the world that has freedom is one thing why we are not the greatest country in the world. Another thing would be is our i guess you could say ratings. Think about it. We are 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, 4th in labor force, 4th in experts. We lead the world in only 3 categories. Number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending where we spend more than 26 countries combined. We sure used to be. We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons. We raged wars on poverty not poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were, we never beat our chest. We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances. We explored the universe, we cured diseases. We cultivated the words greatest artists and the worlds greatest economy. We reached for the stars, we acted like men. We didn't identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election, and we didn't scare so easy. We were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed by great men who were revered. First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.
I have lived in America my whole life, and stopped being content with it around 13. The governement is a 200 year old system put in as a temporary fix, and most Americans are so ignorant they don't even understand there constitution, and wrote it off as patriotism. For example, gun control. The second amendment states "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.". Regardless of that fact is says that applies to a well-regulated militia, it was another temporary fix. Benjamin Franklin himself said that after nineteen years, a law becomes obsolete and needs to be replaced(paraphrased). So, why are Americans still arguing over a law that shouldn't even exist anymore? America loves conflict. They are responsible for the ISIS crisis, despite the will never admit to it. Also, after WWII The US wanted to bomb Germany and Japan again, to keep the war going. Also in WWII, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki where completely unnessecary. Japan was about to surrender, actually planned to end fighting about two weeks after the bombings. In my opinion, mexico is the better place to live.