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Seaclusion
07-03-2011, 11:18 PM
I just read an article titled "100 Best Things About America" It was in Forbes magazine so it had things like FedEx, Warren buffet, the Rockerfellers, and Steve Jobs. It certainly didn't have the things on it that I would have put on. So in honor of July 4th, here is my list. Feel free to post yours too.

1. The Constitution of the United States of America, without it we are nowhere.

2. The Fifty States. With the geographic, cultural, climatic, and political differences between them, there's a place for everyone.

3. The Atlantic and Pacific Coasts. They provide all of us with a food source, a means of shipping, and recreation unparalleled.

4. The Interstate Highway System. Like may things born of the cold war, this continues to benefit us long after it's primary purpose has been forgotten.

5. NASA. Like the interstate highway it just keeps giving and giving well beyond.

6. Foreign Aid. It is such a tiny fractional percentage of federal spending and yes, sometimes it goes to countries with despots as leaders, but the humanitarian good it does far outweighs any benefits corrupt governments get.

7. Taxes. We elect the officials who determine our taxes therefore we essentially tax ourselves. We pay the lowest rates and amount per capita of taxes of any industrialized country and still can maintain a leadership role in the world.

8. Opportunity. This is a country where you can be anything you want without limits because of status, caste, or birth.

9. Everything Between the Two Coasts. We have enough land and natural resources to do anything we need to do to keep this country functioning.

10. The People. For the most part the people are industrious, hardworking, inventive, and optimistic.




Richard

Cliff Face
07-04-2011, 03:56 AM
11. If pop-culture is anything to go by, America caters to the various arts a lot more than similar countries.

Satsya
07-04-2011, 10:38 AM
12. Our culture and people in general. It is fundamentally different than that of other countries--probably most similar to Australia, actually--in that it's made up from a bunch of stray folk. In the U.S.A.'s case, these stray folk come from every corner of the world, bringing their culture and mixing it into one giant batch. The end result is that Americans have no one cultural face; rather they're made up of the cultures and citizens of the world, with some new ideas thrown in depending on what region you're from.

...All that is also why Americans can't stand each other, by the way.

Cliff Face
07-04-2011, 10:45 AM
Yep, multiculturalism helps. :)

Victoria
07-04-2011, 11:40 AM
We are a young country, in our infancy still, growing up during a time period of unprecedented change and technological advancement. Yet, we have persevered, adapted, and we continue to perserve the ideals upon which this nation was founded. We've had our fair share of growing pains, and they aren't over by a long shot, but baby, we're gettin' 'er done!

Cliff Face
07-04-2011, 11:54 AM
baby, we're gettin' 'er done!

That could be the slogan for a new political party. I'd totally vote for them. :)

poetinahat
07-04-2011, 12:20 PM
I'd add New England Clam Chowder.

And, as an expat who returns to visit every few years, let me also add:

Friendliness. We talk a lot about Homeland Security, DADT, xenophobia, and so forth. But being away and returning gives me some perspective. My experience has been that, as a rule, American people, one on one, are very friendly when they get the chance. (Like most people, really.)

YMMV, naturally. But I always feel proud to come back and present my homeland to my family, and we always feel welcome.

Happy Independence Day!

BenPanced
07-04-2011, 08:24 PM
13) Frozen fried chicken you can heat in the microwave!

14) Microwave ovens!

rhymegirl
07-04-2011, 10:44 PM
I'd add New England Clam Chowder.

I don't like clam chowder, but I would vote for clamcakes! We're pretty famous for those in New England.

aadams73
07-05-2011, 02:09 AM
In the immortal words of Parker and Stone: America, f**k yeah!

BenPanced
07-05-2011, 02:30 AM
15) Microwave popcorn!

robeiae
07-05-2011, 04:00 AM
Soft-core porn. And HBO.

Mela
07-05-2011, 04:33 AM
Bagels and pizza. Except for in Arizona.

BeatrixKiddo
07-05-2011, 09:32 AM
I second the pizza...although I think it was first invented in China.


I'd say the people and our freedom to do so many things. We may have our problems here, but at least we have the freedom to figure things out instead of being enslaved or trapped in poverty like so many other countries are still dealing with in the world.

Even the poorest in our country still have more then anywhere else and unlike the class system in certain countries, you can still rise out of poverty here and make something of yourself if you're able.

And as a woman, I'm really, really, really glad I live here considering the abominable way women are still treated in so many other countries all over the world.

backslashbaby
07-05-2011, 10:17 AM
Cheese in a can!
And NC BBQ :D (although pit-roasted Hungarian wild boar does give it a run for its money, 'tis true).
Memphis ribs.

I love how we are allowed to make fools of ourselves if we damn well please. Certain US cities need to be exempted, obviously, because they do 'put on airs'. But we don't have the need to put on certain faces that you can find strongly in some cultures. Everyone is an idiot sometime, and most of us don't mind admitting it ;)


And we're allowed to be cocky, too, btw. We're just allowed to act in a wider range of ways without it causing folks to raise their eyebrows as often as in many places. There are so many of us, we are more used to differences, I guess.

poetinahat
07-05-2011, 10:34 AM
I don't like clam chowder
That's why I said *I* would add it. I could eat New England clam chowder every day for the rest of my life and never be tired of it - especially if it includes those wonderful hexagonal oyster crackers. Butl, if I ever visit the United States of Rhymegirl, I promise I won't mention clam chowder.