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.”
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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.