The United States catches a lot of flak both internally and around the world. Were criticized for our militarized police force, our medical care system, for racism and so on. I don’t think that you can not open a magazine or let alone the Internet and find some kind of article absolutely trashing various aspects of the United States. Granted, criticism is always good, criticism helps improve things and a lot of times can be valid. It’s very common for the United States to be trashed. Does the US have issues? Yes it does. However I would posit that part of the reason why is the same reason why famous musicians, artists and so on are so heavily criticized. It’s because the United States is good at what it does and so well known. You don’t hear the same criticisms about Germany, in fact your rarely hear criticisms on Germany (why is that?).
There are people that risk life and limb to come to the United States. Cuban refugees, Mexican migrants, people from Africa and Asia that sneak on board container vessels to come to the US because they seek a better life. Many of these people die on the way to get here or are turned around to go back home and attempt to do it again, over and over. So there must be something that is driving these people to come to the United States. Illegal immigration is just one of these things that shows that the United States offer something that the rest of the world or at least huge chunks of the rest the world just does not offer. Even legal immigration into the United States is mind blowing, people come here to work and to become Americans in the millions each year. Also you don’t see many people emigrating from the United States either.
When looking at the history of the United States, the US has done a slow ascension over time. From a bunch of colonies to today stretching thousands of miles, the United States has done a slow gentle glide up to being the biggest economic powerhouse in the entire world. Through the early 20th and today the United States has set the standard of living and economic opportunities. Even today it still sets some of the highest standards in business, factories, small business and so on in the entire world. The US pays high salaries, offer the ability to drive cars down massive highways, air-conditioning and heating in most houses and most people in the US have a cell phone and/or Internet, it reward ingenuity. Even the standard of poor people compared to much of the rest of the world is way higher.
We can step back, and say, “Well yes, but we have starving people in the US and we have homelessness and we have all kinds of other issues”. However, the United States gives more in foreign aid, the arts, charitable giving and so on than any other country in the world. This is just private money being donated this does not include the welfare state, public funding of the arts and any other government run program. The United States is one of the most charitable nations in the entire world. This is largely due to because our economy is so strong and we have the ability to do this you do not see this in other nations. So we can complain and say how terrible things are however the facts speak for themselves.
I will end this by saying yes the United States has issues. Yes there are many problems that we have. Will these issues be resolved in the future? Possibly, I don’t know. But when you level huge amounts of criticism to the United States much which is valid you still do have the positives, the amazing things that the United States does do. Look at all the people that want to came to the United States because it is so much better to be here in the United States than in much of the rest of the world.
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