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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Why is America the greatest country in the world

Why is America the greatest country? a girl ask and the answer was really unexpected.

The new HBO series, The Newsroom, made some news itself when it debuted because of a scene in the first episode that shows the protagonist anchorman, played by Jeff Daniels, deliver a biting soliloquy on American decline. A YouTube video of the scene, which bills itself as the “most honest three and a half minutes of television ever,” has garnered more than one million Internet hits.

In short, Daniels, sitting on a panel, is asked by an earnest young woman why America is the greatest country in the world. After a tirade of statistics to rebut the poor woman, Daniels’ character concludes: “The first step in solving any problem is to recognize there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.”

It’s no wonder that the YouTube alone has generated a million views. The soliloquy is bipartisan and strikes a chord with many Americans concerned about the contrast between their youthful vision of America’s greatness and its present day economic malaise. Many Americans may agree with President Obama’s statement, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.”

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While I believe that Americans share a sense of pride, nationalism and love for their country, they may not necessarily think about it every second of the day. I think we are an exceptional country and I am eternally thankful that I was lucky enough to be born here and express my passion about the greatness of this nation.
I disagree fully with the often-misstated statistics that suggest we are just another declining country. The statistics quoted are sheer bull.

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