What's So Great About America?

What's So Great About America?

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    What's So Great About America?

    Here are just the first couple paragraphs from a good article. Nary mention of self defense or guns as one of the great things about America, but a good article anyway.

    http://www.taemag.com/issues/article...cle_detail.asp

    What's So Great About America?
    By Dinesh D'Souza

    During the week of the Fourth of July, TAE looks back to its April/May 2002 issue when Indian-born scholar Dinesh D’Souza shared his thoughts on his adopted country of America.


    The newcomer who sees America for the first time typically experiences emotions that alternate between wonder and delight. Here is a country where everything works: The roads are paper-smooth, the highway signs are clear and accurate, the public toilets function properly, when you pick up the telephone you get a dial tone. You can even buy things from the store and then take them back if you change your mind. For the Third World visitor, the American supermarket is a marvel to behold: endless aisles of every imaginable product, 50 different types of cereal, multiple flavors of ice cream, countless unappreciated inventions like quilted toilet paper, fabric softener, roll-on deodorant, disposable diapers.

    The immigrant cannot help noticing that America is a country where the poor live comparatively well. This fact was dramatized in the 1980s, when CBS television broadcast an anti-Reagan documentary, “People Like Us,” which was intended to show the miseries of the poor during an American recession. The Soviet Union also broadcast the documentary, with the intention of embarrassing the Reagan administration. But it had the opposite effect. Ordinary people across the Soviet Union saw that the poorest Americans had television sets and cars. They arrived at the same conclusion that I witnessed in a friend of mine from Bombay who has been trying unsuccessfully to move to the United States for nearly a decade. I asked him, “Why are you so eager to come to America?” He replied, “Because I really want to live in a country where the poor people are fat.”
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    America believes in The People.

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    I agree with the author.

    We just came back from the Dominican Republic last week & each time I go to visit third world countries (& even the 'modern' ones) I realize how lucky we really are.

    Now if we could get rid of the worthless politicians, we would be even better.

    I'm thankful to be able to live in the greatest country!
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    I asked him, “Why are you so eager to come to America?” He replied, “Because I really want to live in a country where the poor people are fat.”
    Hard to argue with that !

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    America believes in The People.
    I think its more like:

    The People believe in America

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    Because it is a Nation with the rule of law, with the world's most resilient economy, and people that believe in freedom.

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    America is blessed country for people by the people and under God.

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    I repeat...

    Now if we could get rid of the worthless politicians, we would be even better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goawayfarm
    Now if we could get rid of the worthless politicians, we would be even better.
    Quote Originally Posted by one eyed fatman
    I repeat...
    Quote Originally Posted by goawayfarm
    Now if we could get rid of the worthless politicians, we would be even better.
    Quote Originally Posted by goawayfarm
    Now if we could get rid of the worthless politicians, we would be even better.
    Quote Originally Posted by goawayfarm
    Now if we could get rid of the worthless politicians, we would be even better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goawayfarm
    We just came back from the Dominican Republic last week & each time I go to visit third world countries (& even the 'modern' ones) I realize how lucky we really are.
    I think just wish that more people would travel to other countries. It does put things into perspective. Our "poor" folks would be upper middle class in a lot of other countries around the world.

    And, unfortunately, we put all those worthless politicians where they are today. There are too many people today that are afraid of freedom and their choices in government reflect that. Better to have the nanny government take care of them than have to worry about the responsibilities free people have to deal with.
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    "Ordinary people across the Soviet Union saw that the poorest Americans had television sets and cars."

    I've got three (cars) in the front yard alone. All on cinder blocks.

    Not sure about the back yard....grass is too high to see for sure....

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    What other country guarantees in its founding documents the following:

    "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness".
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