Monday, July 04, 2005

Happy Birthday USA

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I was in a rush this morning, but certainly would not pass this day away without wishing all my American family, friends, and especially my blogging buddies, a very happy birthday.

Since I am vehemently anti anti-American, here is my list of 10 things that make the US a great place to live (and live beside):

1) America offers more opportunity and social mobility than any other country, including Europe - hands down.

2) America is the biggest melting pot in the world and has achieved some of the greatest social equalities due to this fact.

4) The majority of Americans have fuller and more successful lives than those in other countries (including Canada).

5) In America, you can create your own destiny and financial wealth.

6) America has one of the best foreign policies and uses it's position as super power to promote democracy and freedom throughout the world.

7) America is a true democracy and empowers it's citizens so that this fundamental right is protected.

8) They offer some of the best medical care and are responsible for the creation of medicines used to combat some of our worst diseases.

9) They offer the best entertainment, whether that be acting, musical or comedic talent (and if they were good in Canada they went to the US quickly).

10) They live just south of some of the greatest folks on Earth!

8 Comments:

At Mon. Jul. 04, 04:47:00 p.m. MDT, Anonymous rob said...

Happy 4th, and God Bless America!!

 
At Mon. Jul. 04, 04:51:00 p.m. MDT, Blogger Paul said...

I guess you know this means we have to love you.

 
At Tue. Jul. 05, 06:35:00 p.m. MDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"1) America offers more opportunity and social mobility than any other country, including Europe - hands down"

This is a frequently recycled statement, which is also patently untrue. Canada and France provide more social mobility than the US at the current time. See the New York Times 'Class matters' series, and look at the week focussing on 'social mobility'.

-Peter

Media, Technology and Society

http://percipere.typepad.com/media/

 
At Tue. Jul. 05, 06:44:00 p.m. MDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

2) America is the biggest melting pot in the world and has achieved some of the greatest social equalities due to this fact.

Also not true. In terms of income inequality, America has one of the most, if not the greatest disparity of all G8 countries.

4) The majority of Americans have fuller and more successful lives than those in other countries (including Canada).

Being a subjective measure this is debatable, but again, if success is measured by income equity, this is also just not true.

5) In America, you can create your own destiny and financial wealth.

If the ability to create one's own destiny and financial wealth can be considered analogous to social mobility, then see the refutation of your first point above.

6) America has one of the best foreign policies and uses it's position as super power to promote democracy and freedom throughout the world.

The world disagrees according to global public opinion. See Pew Global Public Research studies, the most respected name in global opinion research. According to most credible commentators, America's foreign policy is basically similar to other countries and superpowers throughout history: it acts in its own self interest, sometimes to good effect, and frequently not. In other words, it is not a "benevolent" superpower in the mythical sense of the term.

7) America is a true democracy and empowers it's citizens so that this fundamental right is protected.

People can disagree on this, but this is hardly a consensus view.

8) They offer some of the best medical care and are responsible for the creation of medicines used to combat some of our worst diseases.

If you can pay for it, absolutely. The American medical system certainly does have some great characteristics, and its research centres are excellent.

9) They offer the best entertainment, whether that be acting, musical or comedic talent (and if they were good in Canada they went to the US quickly).

Perhaps "some of the best" might be a good edit to the above, unless you consider Britanny Spears "Chaotic" reality series to trump Beethoven's 9th symphony as exemplars of national-cultural superiority.

10) They live just south of some of the greatest folks on Earth!

-Peter

Media, Technology and Society

http://percipere.typepad.com/media/

 
At Wed. Jul. 06, 07:40:00 a.m. MDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

3)......

What happened to point number 3?

 
At Wed. Jul. 06, 08:17:00 a.m. MDT, Blogger Aizlynne said...

It's too bad you didn't post your name. I would have liked to viewed your blog (if you have one).

Perhaps next time you'll post your name so we can debate issues without hiding under the cloak of anonymity.

#3 is the mystery reason (or perhaps poor proofreading on my part due being in a hurry that day). But, hey - none of us are perfect right?

 
At Wed. Jul. 06, 08:22:00 a.m. MDT, Blogger Aizlynne said...

Ohh.... just one more thing. It really sucks to be compared to France. But I guess it's arrogance that allows Frenchmen to bash EVERYONE else. I hardly find it a compliment to be mentioning proudly that France has a "better" social mobility policy than the US. Maybe part of the reason is because France and Canada HAVE NEVER BEEN BOMBED!! (9/11).

Their arrogance is what led to their loss for the Olympic bid today? Badmouthing your competition isn't the way to win the hearts of the committee.

 
At Thu. Jul. 07, 03:02:00 p.m. MDT, Anonymous Noel M said...

"Maybe part of the reason is because France and Canada HAVE NEVER BEEN BOMBED!!"

I see you're not a student of history... or do 2 world wars and the war of 1812 just not count on your intellectual radar? Not to mention the terrorist attacks both countries have suffered.

 

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