Liberals continue to disparage the greatness of America while taking advantage of everything that is great about America. In many cases liberals work overtime to overturn what is great about America and support political candidates who propose laws that are designed to unravel the very principles that made the United States the envy of the world.
In the premiere of HBO’s new Aaron Sorkin series The Newsroom, news anchor Will McAvoy, played by Jeff Daniels, was asked “what makes America the greatest country in the world.” This was his response:
There’s absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re seventh in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number 4 in labor force, and number 4 in exports. We lead the world in only 3 categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined, 25 of whom are allies.
In almost all the above categories, government is involved. Government schools educate more than 90 percent of school-aged children. So if educational statistics are dismal, it’s because government schools are not getting the job done.
Actually, we’re 38th in life expectancy. But there is only a four-year difference between us and Japan, the first-place finisher. America’s ranking is affected by a number of factors:
Blacks in the U.S. fared worse than whites in every county. The life expectancy for black men ranged from 59.4 to 77.2 years, with 65 percent of counties lagging the international standard by more than 50 years. Black women’s life expectancy ranged from 69.6 to 82.6, with 22 percent of counties more than 50 years behind the standard.
Once again, government is a contributing factor since a higher percentage of blacks are on some form of government assistance, and it doesn’t help that a number of government programs have devastated the black family and created pockets of welfare dependency.
What about infant mortality? How is it possible that the United States is “178th in infant mortality” since we have more “neonatologists and neonatal intensive care beds” than any nation in the world? Here’s what’s not reported:
“[W]hat those who create these damning lists never mention is that America considers a premature delivery a ‘baby’ and tries to save it — and is one of the few countries that keep track of early fetal mortality, defined as the survival rate of infants who are born as early as the 20th week of gestation. Most countries don’t even keep track of newborns who die in the first 24 hours, with many European countries labeling them “fetal deaths” rather than live births. America goes to great lengths to save those newborns — other countries are unwilling to spend the resources to do that. Government funded healthcare makes these decisions for parents by assigning a monetary value to life — and often find they cannot afford to save premature babies. So they write them off. We count them.
In terms of “incarcerated citizens per capita,” again, race is a factor. There are a disproportionate number of blacks in prison because blacks commit a disproportionate number of crimes.
Yes, the United States does spend more on defense than another other nation. I would like to see expenditures in this area go down and other nations pick up the slack. Of course, you know what will happen, as soon as some rogue nation or terrorist group attacks one of our allies, that nation will be first to ask us for help.
America is not perfect. A lot of changes need to made. We have an electoral process to make those changes.