Opinion: The USA is the greatest country in the world

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The Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.  

The United States of America is the greatest country in the world.

We have the most individual freedom. We have cultivated the greatest minds of the time. We have the unique quality of being able to truly say whatever it is that we need to say. We have created a nation based in the equality of opportunity. We have strived to embody and promote the ideals that we were founded upon.

I know that there are those who will disagree with me. They will say that other countries have freedom and point out the flaws that have been growing throughout the United States. These people are missing the point.  We are not the greatest country in the world because we believe that we are. We have the ability to be the greatest individuals and shape the world into something better.

The opportunity to fail is something we take for granted. However, failure is one of the greatest learning tools there is. One failure is not the end of your life. We have dozens of Cinderella stories. People have created something out of nothing. A failure is something to build upon. I am not saying that this is entirely unique to the United States. However, it is a quality that is not promoted in other countries.

The United States has the broadest and most comprehensive freedom of speech. It is written into our founding documents. We state that you may not infringe upon our freedom of speech in any way.

We have the ability to influence the world. Want to know why we spend more on the military than any other country? We are the defender of the weak. We are the ones who do our best to prevent human rights violations: WWII, WWI, Korea and the Soviet Union to name a few. We have more than an ability to influence the world through military might. We have caused dictators to back down by being present in the global picture. We have been the leader in many scientific advances. We have produced some of the greatest artists and writers of all time.

We are nowhere near perfect. We are nowhere near as great as I think we can be, but the United States is the greatest country in the world.