Ask a typical U.S. citizens (hereinafter referred to as “American”) which is the best country on the planet and almost surely the American will respond with “America”. Of course, most Americans know so little of the world that they are saying this out of complete ignorance. However, unlike other nationals, who might love their country the most, but accept that other countries may be better for their citizens, or maybe a country can be better in one thing or another, Americans assume the U.S. is the best for everyone. In fact Americans assume that everyone wants to be in the U.S.
Ask an American why she or he holds this belief and most surely the response will be something along the lines of, “because it’s the best” or that “everyone wants to be here.” See, Americans actually think this is so true that it doesn’t need explaining or indeed, thinking about, and they do not realize that the majority of the people that come here, come for either because, (1) they live in a poor country with few opportunities and are not members of the elite of that country; (2) they are the bottom of their country’s society.
That is why the people that we consider more American now are from say, Italian or Germanic background. They are the descendants of the poor and uneducated, the ignorant of their countries. No wonder Americans are stupid. Just ask one of these current Italian-Americans to name a city in Italy and she or he will probably tell you, “Sicily”.
There is more than the apple not falling far from the tree here. The U.S. is pretty far from most of the world, and perhaps, in part this is why Americans do not travel much. Of course, that is not all. After all, why explore the world if you already are in the best place?
Now, this is where the American elite, the government, business and special interests come in… Such a stupid populace can be tricked into getting the worst and asking for more. Americans work more than almost anyone else and have less vacation than anyone else, but they’ll tell you they are proud to be hard workers. Americans have less job security than any other Western nation, and while most Americans are employees, they will tell you this is good for business (employers). Americans used to have the best chance to live better than the previous generation, but no more, now many countries have jumped the U.S., including France. Americans are the only Western nation without public healthcare. They’ll tell you that they are happy about this because they want choice and quality, but they are too stupid to find out that a higher percentage of Americans is without any insurance than citizens of any of those other countries, and that Americans have one of the highest rates of medical failure, including infant mortality rates. Most Americans exercise democratic rights less than their European counterparts, including, strikes, unions and demonstrations. They’ll tell you this is so because they are more satisfied, but Europeans report higher rates of satisfaction with their lives and more Europeans have more security in their job, residence, healthcare, education than Americans, things won through protests and the like. This less point is very instructive: European governments are afraid of their people, and so listen to them; in the U.S., the opposite is true.
Even after all that, and more, an American is likely to say that America is the best. He will say that America is the richest and the strongest and the land of opportunities. This is true, but this has nothing to do with 99.9% of Americans. Only the elite few run the country, the rest die in its wars. Only a few are sickly rich, the rest just toil hoping to one day be in the midst of that 0.1%, forgetting that their chances are at 999 in a 1,000 they won’t succeed. Instead, they will have only a life of work and not knowing their children to show for it (although that’s fine as the kids are too busy working).
In the meantime, the average European or Canadian, has free and good healthcare, education, and residential assistance. She has job security and almost endless unemployment in case of need. He has at least 4 weeks vacation a year. Sure, he does not have everything. He does not have a 10 bedroom house with 3 55″ TV’s, but he has quality of life, a security net and time to enjoy that quality with peace of mind thanks to the security. He has traveled a bit, and probably knows how to ski and swim, things comparatively few Americans have any experience with.
Americans do not realize that there are plenty of people in countries with decent economies and societies that have no interest in moving to the U.S.
Even the smarter Americans have been saying for decades now that the other cuontries’ economies will collapse under their huge public expenditures, and the decades roll on…. The problem is that Americans are just too stupid to be informed and so they can continue working 60 hour weeks, with a week of vacation in Florida (and that’s “middle class”), and put off that doctor’s appointment for a while longer.
A country should not be judged by how great it is, but how great the majority of its individuals are.