Originally Posted by Destroyer68
I actually think what he says is quite accurate. The last part where he says how we used to be is kinda far fetched, but the opening to me is completely true. I cant figure out whether or not you agree with the general answer of yes we are or no were not.
And no need to say you like I'm the one who said whats in the video. Also statistics dont get blinded just because were a big country. Fact is were behind in a lot of things we shouldnt be behind in.
War on poverty is fixing poverty. What he means by that is that were trying to take away from them instead of helping them (obviously its not that simple).
And just for the sake of saying it. Our space program has to be privately funded now. As far as actual space exploration were not that near the top anymore.
I feel like you didn't really grasp the whole idea of the video and why people like it. Basically he's just saying overall were not so called the "greatest country in the world."
1) "Greatest" is a subjective term to begin with, so he can say we're not the greatest nation all he wants while someone from Bangladesh can wish they were living in the greatest nation (their greatest nation).
2) Don't know what you mean by the first sentence, it's so poorly worded. Percentages and "real" numbers can shift statistics in your favor. While the U.S. has the most people who "believe in angels," a country like Pakistan is more religious as a greater proportion of the country is religious.
We'll never catch up in education because we're a big country that has education as a state job, rather than a federal job. Maryland can easily place as one of the best countries in education if it were its own country. All the meanwhile Louisiana's education system sucks so naturally it brings the rest of us down. Some things we are behind in because we have more immigrants. Immigrants who tend to work harder jobs as well as take poorer care of themselves bring town life expectancy easily. Yeah we're behind in things, duh. Some things we have no control over, however.
3) On space: We're one of around six countries with launch capabilities. We're one of three who have sent people into space. Just because it's privately funded doesn't mean it's behind. (ps, there's around 70 space agencies in the world)
4) I did get the point of the video. From what I've seen, the only reason people like it is that they're so easily manipulated by presentation of media. It is my personal opinion that if you don't think the country you are living in is the greatest country in the world, you need to be packing you bags and renouncing your citizenship to move to your greatest country. I'm not saying you have to do it immediately, but at the same time, it should be on your agenda to leave if you don't think your country is so great.