If you haven’t noticed, we’re moving close to the Fourth of July, the American Independence Day. While the phrase is rampant all the time, this is especially the time to hear, “America is the greatest country in the world.”
Ever stop to think how that sounds to non-Americans? (Of course if you aren’t American, you have). What does it literally mean? It means Americans are better than everyone else. In other words, every other country in the world is inferior to America. It’s an insult to the world.
Do an online search for “Greatest country in the world” and (as of five minutes ago) you’ll see articles either saying America is the greatest or America is not the greatest. They’ll almost all be about America.
America is a superpower. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said America is “probably the only superpower.” But the “land of the free, home of the brave” is consistently not listed as the greatest in personal freedom, in economic freedom, in freedom of the press, in education level, in medical care, or in having law-abiding citizens (instead it has the highest prison population rate in the world).
But America is the greatest country in the world. So is Russia. So is China, and the United Kingdom, and Israel, and Egypt, and Iran and Iraq and every other nation in the world to someone.
If you want to praise America on the 4th of July, by all means do so. But consider saying, “America is the greatest country in the world–to me.”
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