Right in time for the July 4th holiday, The New York Times posted a video op-ed to their website that claims that America is NOT the greatest country on earth.
Not surprising coming from The New York Times. Their pages are full of anti-American tropes.
The video op-ed is titled, “Please Stop Telling Me America is Great.”
To that I say: No.
The premise of the article is that America isn’t great anymore; that Americans lie to themselves about the greatness of the country.
They blame pop culture and political propaganda.
How can they blame pop culture? How often do you see pro American messages in popular culture?
I sure don’t. The authors must live in an alternative universe.
Pop culture entertainment is full of anti-American messages. Hollywood and the rest of the entertainment industry can’t pass up an opportunity to attack America.
The Times throw out a bunch of statistics to back up their claim.
They acknowledge that of all O.E.C.D. countries, America is the wealthiest nation. There is no denying this.
However, then they begin their class warfare rant.
They claim that America is only great for the wealthy. They claim that income inequality is a major problem in the United States.
But is it, really?
Of course there is income inequality, but who cares?
I don’t care if Bill Gates makes tens of billions more in income than me. He produced the computer software I am using right now as I write this article. I am better off because of Bill Gates, just not as well off as he is.
Income inequality is possible, but it requires the government to confiscate the entire wealth and income of an entire country. Everyone can be equally poor. I suspect the authors wouldn’t like the government coming for their money.
I also have some serious doubts about the data that the authors use.
They claim that America has a poverty problem. They claim that 1-in-5 children live in poverty.
That statistic is misleading, because poverty in the U.S. is far different than poverty in third-world countries. Most people consider impoverished in the United States have access to shelter, TV, cell phones and food.
The income level for poverty in the U.S. would also be far above those in poor countries. Cost of living has to be taken into account as well. It is more expensive to live in some areas of the country than others.
The video rightfully highlights the miserable state of education in the countries. Our students test scores are awful compared to other countries.
However, that can be blamed on public education. If the government allowed school choice and schools to compete for students, I suspect that the scores would be much higher. Right now the federal, state and local governments run the educational system.
The article cites gun statistics that are misleading. They claim that the U.S. has the highest rate of mass shootings per capita in the world. However, they fail to mention that there are more guns in the country than ever and yet, the number of homicides has fallen by 50% in the past 25 years.
They conveniently left this statistic out of their op-ed.
The authors cite the fact that the U.S. spends the most on health care and our outcomes aren’t as good as other nations.
They fail to mention that Obamacare has been a disaster, and that U.S. has never had a true free market health care system. If the market was free costs would likely fall, and quality would improve. That is what happens when government gets out of the way.
The video goes onto claim that our democracy is dying due to corruption and low voter turnout.
No country is perfect, and we certainly have areas we can improve in.
Even with all the problems we have in this country, there is no other place I would want to live. Our country has history worth celebrating. We created the modern world and enshrined liberty as our founding creed.
We live in a country that has the highest standard of living in the history of the planet. Kings and queens of the past would be envious of the modern conveniences we have.
Our military is the best on the planet, and we are the most charitable country on Earth.
Here at FreedomWire, we are unapologetically American. And we will continue to fly the American flag and promote the greatness of America on our site. The New York Times and others don’t understand how good we have it here in this country.
But we do. And we will continue to defend America!