Why? is it really the greatest on earth? Is it because of you make it, you really make it?
Why is America considered one of the greatest?
What Guys Said 46
America was seen as the land of opportunity and the land of the free, so those with ambition were the ones that came here, and if you have ambition you will make great things.
BUT, America benefit really well after both World Wars. America was one of the few developed countries that fought no war in their own soil (besides Pearl Harbor) so there was no destruction, therefore, nothing to rebuild and spend money on. The rest of the world had to build many of their cities and due to the huge loss of money caused by military, they asked America for loans.
Yes, America went to war, and spent in military, but not as much as Europe did. So this also created an advantage for America.
America is the king of capitalism, and the world runs by that. Many countries tried to play the same game but failed (Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal...).5
Freedoms - we have more freedom then most of the countries in the world. I won't say all becuase I don't know every single country on earth. But few have the freedome of speach, religion, right to own guns, and many other things.
Military- we have the most advanced and powerful military in the world.
Location- we are located where we are very difficult to attack. Enemies would have to come in through Canada or Mexico. Due to our partnerships with them it is not likely to happen and we would detect it via sat.
there are other things but you get the point.
We are lacking in early education. Primary and secondary (through high school) we lack greatly when compared to some other countries.
but our Universities are some of the best in the world.2
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Because... you can sit on your ass and collect a check to support that lifestyle, or you can try climbing the tallest academic mountain and help to contribute to humanity in ANY WAY you see fit OR you can lie, cheat, steal and kill to make a fortune.
There is a significantly high amount of potential energy in this country.. all you have to do is find a way to tap into it.4
If you start a business in america and get just 1% of the market share that's $1 billion a year. So even though your chances of being successful in some other countries might be better, its unlikely you could make as much money as in America.
Its the market everyone wants to tap into.3
Probably because despite being a far younger country then practically all other nations on the planet we have managed to not only match other countries in a lot of areas but have managed to create a lot of advances in the medical, technological and mechanical fields as well as technology. And have also managed to have one of the most powerful militaries in the world, among other reasons. I personally am not saying we are the greatest ever but what I said above would be my guess as to why some people think that, in my own opinion we haven't been the greatest since the 1950s but that's just me with recent changes about to take place though I feel we will once again pick up the that title in the coming years.1
It has more money than any other country, plenty of land for further growth unlike many other countries, and a powerful military. So it is great depending on how you measure greatness.1
America is highly overrated. In fact it's been turning into a fascist state since the false flag that was 9/11. People are just too delusional because the word "freedom" keeps being repeated over and over again.5
I would ask the Japanese and the Chinese about that, they are the biggest creditors of the US.
I would say the biggest strength of the US is the infinite diversity that makes is possible for all kind of people to achieve their dreams if they are determined enough. No wonder they call it the land of opportunities. The second is freedom of speech, to be able to form an opinion without the fear of getting prosecuted. The third is (as a fan of guns) the Second Amendment.3
Only americans think their country is the greatest country... It seems like we confuse fascism with patriotism.5
Because it is. Success breads jealousy.
My parents emigrated from communist Romania to the US. Even with the fall of communism, no way that would have been possible. The damage was already done.
They went from literally having nothing to living in suburbia, dog and picket fence included.
The only thing I dislike is the entitlement attitude a lot of people have. People think they should just have everything handed to them.
Work goddamn it2
Because it is the first nation founded on reason and logic, not founded by a military dictator, a royal, of even a theocrat.
Our government and ideals won't even work for most other nations... we've seen that mimicking the Constitution is no guarantee of success elsewhere. We worked out well, not just because of our laws but because of who we were as a people.1
Another poster said it already, but it's because it's the only large and highly populated wealthy country.
The most populated wealthy country behind us is Japan, which has very little land and resources.
The biggest wealthy country is actually Canada, but most of that space is useless ice, and they have 10% of our population.
America is simply the biggest economy.2
Us is overrated. I'm moving to Costa Rica. I'm going to live on the beach.4
They were a nation founded on the lessons learned from tyrannical regimes of the past, to avoid repeating their mistakes by instead being by the people, for the people.0
I'm not sure if it's the greatest, but I have far more opportunities here than in my old country. I am very thankful for the United States1
Because it has been super successful it many aspects.0
Global advancements (nasa)
The usa dollar Is most widely accepted across the world... that's because people believe the economy is secure1
It is also known as the "You Ass of Aids" around the world 👌2
Yes it is great beacuse...(I can't mention because I am not living there)
I am an Indian and proud to be that because of great relationships and culture- India is great too.2
It is a powerhouse in technology, economy, military, culture and entertainment... It has it all along with issues of course, but it has it all.0
America is big and wealthy. A unique combination as most wealthy countries are not so huge. Other than that, nothing special about it in my opinion.2
Media hype and what not really the architecture gets a lot of people reeled in here.1
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What Girls Said 23
I know this is going to be terrible wording, but in all the times I've visited the United States, it never fails to meet the world's stupidest people.
Just in this topic so far, here's what some Americans have to say:
"But few have the freedome of speech"
"Success breads jealousy."
"If yiu dint live here than you don't understand the US."
I don't mean America is riddled with uneducated people, but also people easy to trick and watch them flop around searching for things to say to keep up with an intelligent conversation. So tell an American they're great and they will run with it because being prideful is what America is all about - and I say that in a good way. No country has more pride than the US. I could go on about other countries generalized faults, but this is a US topic, so I'm sorry if it seems I'm picking on Americans.
Just know that for those on the outside looking in, America is a disaster, no different than most only with different brands of problems. Just because America has "freedoms" doesn't mean they don't have a host of other problems that they seem to ignore.
But know I'm no America-hater. Some of the most beautiful landscapes, funny and generous people who are easy to talk to... but by god their chocolate is horrible and it's really hard to read what they write most times trying to get through spelling mistakes and bad grammar. Aside from the that, one thing that we (those not in the US) observe is that the American government is the world's bully. Obama comes across as a decent fellow, but by and large the US government seems to push their people in to believing that their scare tactics and mowing over other countries is what makes them great. It's great when the bully gets what they want, but what about others?
I think America has a lot of great things going on, but oh no, it's not the greatest. It would be wise for them to be a bit more humble to their neighbours around the world. That's just my opinion.
I just read an article on this written by a man from Portugal, he talked about how his colleagues are mostly fascinated with America because it took us 150 years to do what other countries took centuries to do. A bunch of farmers and militiamen established a decently functioning government that has since evolved relatively little and yet remained highly effective, we have 50 governments within that government acting almost as their own country and yet still happily united, and despite our young age we are one of the wealthiest countries in the world. People continue to emmigrate from all over the world, and because our culture began as a melting pot the newly arrived immigrants do nothing to radically change our culture, but rather spur its continual evolution. And of course, we're the land of opportunity, where everyone comes to make their $million$7
A lot of people posting seem to have a self delusion of grandeur. I'm okay with the love of your country, but to look down on another country when yours has just as much trouble whether it's debt, political groups, corruption, hazardous environments, slave labor, and etc. is pretty ludicrous.
The self hating Americans always disturb me. Especially when they generalize Americans as lazy and uneducated. Please stop generalizing Americans based on people you surround yourself with, and what you do in your daily life. Take Cubans for example. They come to the State to escape the Castro regime yet I've never heard a Cuban disrespect their people. Maybe the government, but not the people in whole or the country no matter how bad they had it.
Also I do travel and have seen, and read about the issues going on in most of the world. America isn't perfect but neither is any other country.
I suggest doing your own research on why America is a super power instead of asking why it's considered the greatest. You get more info.
Check out these links as well:
transparency. org - for countries on corruption.
nationaldebtclocks. org - shows national debt and GDP per country4
Only the Americans think that, the rest of the world isn't quite as pro-america as the US thinks.10
One of the greatest terrorists I'd say14
This is what Americans are told and brought up to think. But lol I'm not so sure this is true... Me and a friend had this conversation not long ago...
Other countries are way more stricter on there laws and such.
America has always been titled "free"...
The land of opportunity & other bs I can't remember...
But let's be honest the main thing we are free to do is run our damn mouth (freedom of speech) (& even that has its limits) which I don't think any country has that but us.
I guess there are plenty of pros & cons about the U. S. When it comes down to it... The quality of people... I've met way more nicer, humble prouder people from other countries then here. Isn't that weird?
I would say when you factor in the laws, the quality of people (not quantity) the governments/politics, the progress as a country, debt etc...
I'm not so sure there is a country out there that is the greatest on earth...
I'm sure other countries think they are the greatest as well!
Just my opinion.3
because all the people who live there are fat. it has to be the greatest otherwise all those fat people would never fit.6
Have ayes we're one of the richest and have some of the best education systems. That's really about it.
Also because for some weird reason Americans complain about America, but then when we talk to foreigners they talk about how amazing it is so foreigners have a great (twisted) perception of how it actually is. So they assume it's amazing. Also because TV in foreign countries makes it seem like things are perfect here0
America isn't the greatest
It's just a lie5
what do you mean one of?0
because there's freedom of a lot of things, unlike many other countries.1
because it is all evilness and badness. long live america!1
because it's one of the richest or shortly richest1
It's not, america hypes up america.1
In terms of advancement and power yes0
Because it's made up of a diverse group of people. Immigrants (the legal kind) we take in from all over the world tend to be smart. Add a bunch of smart people in a room and you get smart ideas, smart inventions, smart innovations.
Side effect = those immigrants have kids, and those kids have kids, who are often lazier than their grandparents. And now you've got the majority of Americans who are lazy and feel entitled to everything just because they were born here.
Where am I going with this...0
And who considered this people from America. This is one of the reasons so many people in the world dislike Americans and its not fair to the decent Americans who don't live in a bubble thinking they're the greatest you make yourself and your country look foolish with these questions!!1
I think Jeff Daniels on the Newsroom said it best.
Called the most honest 3 minutes on TV for a reason.
It's only considered the greatest by americans themselves. I don't consider it great.8
It is? According to who?6
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