It's easy to pick out things that are bad/wrong or "the worst" about any country.
The big ones :
Its foreign policies are a big one.
Its government in general.
The military industrial complex.
Two party political system.
The day to day ones that make living there an unattractive prospect :
The levels of acceptable pollution.
The standard of education. (Anti-science, anti-intellectualism)
The processed foodstuffs and diet in general. (Portion sizes...)
The wages and working lifestyle. (2 weeks paid vacation as standard? No way.)
The niggling little things that would just p*ss me off, but that's just me personally... :
The advertising on TV.
But ultimately the thing I think that is worst about America? It's the constant attitude that says "We're number 1!"
First, it's not true in a number of ways. And second, it's lazy. It says there's no room for improvement. And that's bullsh*t.
American ingenuity is boundless, when it's working. But it has to get off its fat arse and do something first.
The American work ethic is impressive as hell. But the people have to have something to work on.
Whether it's going to the moon, or wiping out Polio, or smallpox, America is capable of doing anything it can put its collective mind and effort to. I don't think any problem is beyond its ability to solve.
But they won't ever address and solve their own problems, if they refuse to believe they have any in the first place.
Saying and believing the "We're number 1" mantra, is just one way to prevent the American people from solving their problems. Whether it's Chinas rising hegemony, global warming, dependence on oil and fossil fuels... etc.
It's a double edge sword. There is almost no unification. It used to be, "I'm proud to be American". Now? Not so much. We have so many mixed religions and races and such, that we're more divided than ever before. That's suppose to be a good thing, but lately, there just doesn't seem to be anyone who really cares or is even considerate of the freedoms in this country. And perhaps the worse thing, how minorities are given so much power. Like my aunt said, "The future of America is literally going down the crapper".
The influence over politics wielded by wealthy corporate interests through their political spending, which stymies efforts to create a public health care system, lower the cost of education, curb pollution, secure your financial system, and leads your country into pointless wars for the benefit of a small corporate elite.
I am not from America, but from my perspective the user pays system of education and health care isn't a good thing. If you are not from a rich background obtaining a good education could be very difficult.
the lack of basic education, my cousin's friends actually asked me if the country where I am from, the people stilled lived in trees, even if that person knew nothing about my country I found it quite offensive
People who b*tch about living in a free country, but do nothing to help make changes that they are complaining about. If you do not like something, do something about it, not just sit around complaining about it. Although, you should be enjoying that freedom. Most people are not allowed to do this.
So, if you don't like something, work for the change.