America is exceptional. We are the greatest country in the world. Some people, those from George Washington University, do not believe so.
One of these students cited a clip from the TV show 'The Newsroom' where a character impacts a group of young students by stating that America is not the greatest country in the world.
The YouTube video of the clip is here.
'It’s not the greatest country in the world. That’s my answer… [turns to a panelist] Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paycheck, but he gets to hit you with it anytime he wants. It doesn’t cost money, it costs votes. It costs airtime and column inches. You know why people don’t like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so fucking smart, how come they lose so goddamn always? [turns to another panelist] And with a straight face, you’re gonna tell students that America is so star-spangled awesome that we’re the only ones in the world who have freedom? Canada has freedom. Japan has freedom. The UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, Belgium has freedom! So, 207 sovereign states in the world, like 180 of them have freedom. [turns to the student who asked the question] And yeah, you… sorority girl. Just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there’s some things you should know. One of them is: there’s absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, number 4 in labor force and number 4 in exports. We lead the world in only three 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. Now, none of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you, nonetheless, are, without a doubt, a member of the worst period generation period ever period, so when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about!
― Aaron Sorkin, The Newsroom Script Episode 1
America is the greatest country in the world and one statistic demonstrates that we are the greatest country. Immigration. America has more immigrants living within our borders that any other country in the world. Legal or illegal, these people choose to come to the US for a reason. It might have to do with how great of a country we have. If potential immigrants are the consumers in the market of nations, for what reason could it be that they always choose brand America? Because we are the brand that everyone wants. A consumer does not buy something that they do not want, they buy what they want. America is what immigrants want and so America is what they buy. We are what the immigrant/consumers choose. What sets us apart? Whatever it is that makes America the greatest country in the world.