40 thoughts on “Is America the greatest country ? Ashraf Kochai

  1. He’s well spoken, and rating our country as the world’s greatest never made sense to me, though America has some great ideas, values, and institutions. HOWEVER, overcoming his sexist statements giving men the credit for being ONCE a great and moral country, and making his only reference toward women as “sorority girl,” here’s where he’s wrong. He said: “We stood up for what was right” and “fought for moral reasons”, “waged war on poverty, not on poor people,” “created the world’s greatest economy,” “we never beat our chest,” “We acted like MEN,” etc. REALLY? Did he forget about stealing this land from the Native Americans, the massacres, the Trail of Tears? How about slavery, racism, the Ku Klux Klan, the rapes and lynchings, the denial of education, the vote, and basic human rights? How about the near slavery of the Chinese and Hispanic laborers and the sex slavery of Chinese women in the 1800s? And speaking of women, how about sexism and the fact women were considered nothing more than property until they got the vote and began to fight for equality, an ongoing fight! How about the continuous income inequality that has plagued us since the start of our country with brief gaps in wartime and after major union battles fighting for a living wage for white and nonwhite people? Remember the early monopolies vs. the working poor, miners, sharecroppers, industrial workers? Did he not know there have been 47 recessions in the U.S. since 1790? How about the Panics of 1785-1789, the 1789 Copper Panic, the major financial panic of 1789-1792, the commercial/real estate Panic of 1796, the 1807-1809 Depression, the 1815 six year Depression including the Panic of 1819, the stock crash Panic of 1825, the 1839-1843 Depression with massive debt default, the Panic of 1857 speculative bubble burst and massive business failures, the 1869 major financial panic, the 1873 5 1/2 year Depression from financial speculation, the Panic of 1893 and 1896 stock market and banking collapses, the Panics of 1907 and 1910, the 1920 Depression- the single most deflationary year in American history, the Great Depression-worldwide market collapses, when Americans starved to death, the multiple recessions in between, and 10+ recessions between that and the 2007 Great Recession-mortgage crisis, housing, banking, financial, auto industries collapse? And did he forget about all of the immoral wars we engaged in? My brave uncle died in WWII saving the world from an ignorant,racist, misogynist, but do I really need to list the wars where our ‘great leaders’ didn’t “act like men” in choosing to engage? THIS IS ABOUT: the perspective of a white male who had the privileges of property, constitutional rights, economic privileges, racial privileges, cultural, and gender privileges mourning the loss of those privileges to the wealthy few, and to the occasional non-white or non-male who has managed to crawl through all of this and establish a place for her/him self. SO LET’S START WITH YOUR ‘SORORITY GIRL’ OVERCOMING YOUR DEGRADATION AND REALIZING SHE’S A HUMAN BEING INSTEAD, AND START WORKING ON SEXISM, RACISM, GENDERISM, AND FINANCIAL CLASSISM!

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  6. My sentiments exactly–those who truly love America don’t delude themselves, but admit that America is doomed from within, not from without–and bring awareness to the fact that the only people who can stop America’s self-destruction are the American people altogether. Those who truly love America are honest about it.

    “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

    –Alexis de Toqueville, 1835

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    1. He’s well spoken, and rating our country as the world’s greatest never made sense to me, though America has some great ideas, values, and institutions. HOWEVER, overcoming his sexist statements giving men the credit for being ONCE a great and moral country, and making his only reference toward women as “sorority girl,” here’s where he’s wrong. He said: “We stood up for what was right” and “fought for moral reasons”, “waged war on poverty, not on poor people,” “created the world’s greatest economy,” “we never beat our chest,” “We acted like MEN,” etc. REALLY? Did he forget about stealing this land from the Native Americans, the massacres, the Trail of Tears? How about slavery, racism, the Ku Klux Klan, the rapes and lynchings, the denial of education, the vote, and basic human rights? How about the near slavery of the Chinese and Hispanic laborers and the sex slavery of Chinese women in the 1800s? And speaking of women, how about sexism and the fact women were considered nothing more than property until they got the vote and began to fight for equality, an ongoing fight! How about the continuous income inequality that has plagued us since the start of our country with brief gaps in wartime and after major union battles fighting for a living wage for white and nonwhite people? Remember the early monopolies vs. the working poor, miners, sharecroppers, industrial workers? Did he not know there have been 47 recessions in the U.S. since 1790? How about the Panics of 1785-1789, the 1789 Copper Panic, the major financial panic of 1789-1792, the commercial/real estate Panic of 1796, the 1807-1809 Depression, the 1815 six year Depression including the Panic of 1819, the stock crash Panic of 1825, the 1839-1843 Depression with massive debt default, the Panic of 1857 speculative bubble burst and massive business failures, the 1869 major financial panic, the 1873 5 1/2 year Depression from financial speculation, the Panic of 1893 and 1896 stock market and banking collapses, the Panics of 1907 and 1910, the 1920 Depression- the single most deflationary year in American history, the Great Depression-worldwide market collapses, when Americans starved to death, the multiple recessions in between, and 10+ recessions between that and the 2007 Great Recession-mortgage crisis, housing, banking, financial, auto industries collapse? And did he forget about all of the immoral wars we engaged in? My brave uncle died in WWII saving the world from an ignorant,racist, misogynist, but do I really need to list the wars where our ‘great leaders’ didn’t “act like men” in choosing to engage? THIS IS ABOUT: the perspective of a white male who had the privileges of property, constitutional rights, economic privileges, racial privileges, cultural, and gender privileges mourning the loss of those privileges to the wealthy few, and to the occasional non-white or non-male who has managed to crawl through all of this and establish a place for her/him self. SO LET’S START WITH YOUR ‘SORORITY GIRL’ OVERCOMING YOUR DEGRADATION AND REALIZING SHE’S A HUMAN BEING INSTEAD, AND START WORKING ON SEXISM, RACISM, GENDERISM, AND FINANCIAL CLASSISM!

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  7. I personally have to agree with the concept that America is not the greatest country in the world anymore even though we try our hardest to act it out. I’ve said it before and now again that greed and the almighty dollar run almost everything that is common among us. We are not truly free. We are beholden to the corporations that dictate to the members of both houses just what it is they want next and those people who are sworn to serve the people who voted them in go along with what the big companies and wealthy money barons tell them to do. It’s such a shame and any other country that wants to see us fail need only wait for 20 or 30 years and it will happen. Oh yes, thanks for stopping by.

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  8. To me it doesn’t matter if the United States is the greatest country. It doesn’t matter what country it is that is established upon the face of the land, as Deuteronomy Chapter 9 verse 6 states: “Understand therefore, that the Lord thy God giveth thee not this good land to possess it for thy righteousness; for thou art a stiffnecked people.” So even if America is the greatest country, it’s not because of its inhabitants, it’s because God wills it to be so.

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  9. Speaking as both a Canadian and Englishman. I’ve watched the decline of all countries from the end of WW2. We are being robbed. Robbed by private banks and bankers. Robbed by oligarchs and corporations. That owe allegiance to no one but themselves.

    I cannot speak for Americans. Yet I find the jingoistic approach by all countries abhorrent. Countries are lines drawn on a map. Poverty and wealth have little respect for those boundaries.

    The notion that people who are in military during times of peace. Are serving their country, is almost laughable. Unless you’re conscripted? Then people in armies, etc. Are basically mercenaries. Paid to obey.

    Since the end of WW2. The U.S. of A. has invaded 66 countries to date. Iran? Nil. Yet, who is now the next enemy?

    Freedom? It was Thomas Jefferson who said, “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs”.

    There are only three countries globally who are not run by Central Banks. In the hands of bankers like Rothschild, etc.

    Freedom? No the only freedoms we have, are illusory. The United States of America, is actually a corporation. One of the British Crown and that the American President is the CEO of it. They do not like to publicize this .. check it out. Yup, nice post. Cheers Jamie.
    http://www.serendipity.li/jsmill/us_corporation.htm

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  10. Any idea how many people have no idea this is a clip from a television series? LOL. Regardless, I love the clip. We need a good slap in the face from time to time to wake us up out of our smug little cocoons…

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  11. Sometimes debatable, times stand proud, sometimes idiot self centered fools in politics screw everything up. Good hearted people in crisis, ya bet. Then times can’t get nothing right. There are a lot of sometimes in our country. Near most of the time we stand proud.

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  12. As someone born, raised, and currently living in Japan, I would say that America is the country with the greatest potential in the world. Right now it needs to get its act together to start fulfilling more of that potential.

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