So while I was talking with my infamous friend, Suze, we ended up having a discussion about America, and her post about America not being that great. While I agree there is room for improvement in America, I also disagree that America isn’t that great. Yes, we have our own significant struggles and our own issues that need handling, but overall, America is a better place to be than most nations I’ve read about, heard of, or spoken to friends who have either visited or live there.
Here in America, we can rally together to petition or protest a bill or law that has been passed. In some countries (probably more than I know of) doing something like that would get you arrested on conditions of treason and end with the offenders dead in a ditch. Our freedom of speech allows us to speak up and rise against our government, we have a voice and we can make it be heard by those in power. Try doing that in certain countries and you’ll be jailed, and most often never seeing your family again because you’ll be dead. There are some places that are so restrictive of your means of communication that certain chat platforms are banned due to trying to control dissenting voices.
You thought the NSA spying was bad? Back in 2015, Chinese Police inadvertently admitted to buying malware to use to spy on their citizens. Their dictatorship is so extreme that there are chatting platforms the citizens cannot use because they regulate what is and isn’t allowed on your own mobile devices. They monitored anything and everything in real time and spent a pretty penny doing so! In recent months, Japan has actually started spying on any and all Muslims, not even due to terrorism but caused by the “Rise of Islam”. At least with the NSA, they were had key words and phrases that would trigger their ever listening ears.
Yes, America could do so much better, but at the same time we’re still doing better than quite a few other countries, in my opinion. Racism is a terrible thorn in our side, but there are more countries out there that have nothing to do with other cultures or races of people. In certain circles, being an outsider will warrant your very demise, just because you’re different from them.
I concede that corruption within our government has gone too far, yes we have corrupt officials and police. The numbers are not near what they could be, considering the size of our nation and our population. Taking a look at one of our closest neighbors though, at least America doesn’t have a cartel running the show or we really would be screwed.
Lastly, there is the matter of terrorism and the fear it has struck in the hearts of many American citizens. We’ve had our fair share of bombings, a few beheadings here and there, we have suffered a few being stoned to death and the ever problematic prayers in the street, taking up an entire intersection that block off any form of transportation. Then again, at least we aren’t the rape capital of the world. The majority of our populace has begun to arm themselves so that they can properly defend themselves against acts of terror. We are also trying to figure out how to properly vet the refugees that enter our country so as to limit the influx of terrorists coming into our homes.
Unlike America, most countries are so anti-gun that you can’t get a firearm without a permit, and considerations of self-defense are not considered a valid reason to be eligible for said permit. So when you’re sitting there thinking that America isn’t that great, take into consideration some of the places you could be forced to live. The conditions under which you would be in other countries. No, America isn’t perfect, but it is by far much greater than many nations.
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