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As a nation, what is the USA still doing right?

We all know the issues here with healthcare, gun ownership, obesity, and stuff like that. So that brings up the question, what is the USA still the best (or one of the best) in?

9 months ago by weekendhobo with 25 comments

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  • hckr
    +9

    I like how easy it is to travel around the US. I have had the opportunity to see over 25 states, and it's always great to have that freedom in mind of "Oh, well I can just get in my car and go literally anywhere I want" in the US.

    • Wodge
      +2

      So the US is the best at being able to travel around the US?

      • hckr
        +2

        It's almost like you can't travel to another country while staying in one country!

        Who would've thought?!?!?!

  • manix (edited 9 months ago)
    +7

    Politics/Elections side show for the entire world to watch and laugh.

    • Yamadori
      +4

      Its only such a big show because of how open and inclusive the process is, and how much is at stake.

      • drunkenninja
        +3

        I would have to add that US elections also effect the rest of the world in a big way, and because of that, people tune in and are interested of the outcome.

    • picklefingers
      +3

      Number one in ratings.

  • Yamadori (edited 9 months ago)
    +7

    The things in the papers and news sites are just cosmetic.
    The United States is still the best country in which to start a career and family. Since 2008 the economy has maintained steady modest growth (which I would argue is the best and most sustainable kind), and while not all industries are experiencing it equally, there are plenty jobs/careers to be had. People have religious and personal freedom, and there are myriad communities and climates in which to choose from. Tolerance is codified. This nation is a democracy, where politicians scramble to react to the zeitgeist, not the other way around. It is very possible here to move within the classes; if you have the talent, work ethic, and credentials you can become wealthy.
    The US is extremely varied in personal temperament, and its incredibly easy to relocate within the national borders - you are guaranteed to fit in if you look hard enough and find the right town/city. Day to day life is not really affected by the newspapers, but the communities. If you hate the bible belt, try the pacific northwest, or any other unique region. We have an incredible range of higher education that you can eventually send children off to. Many well-to-do foreign families send their children here to gain a college education, and the subsequent job placement.

    And if you don't buy that, the easy and unequivocal answer is that America has the best national, state, and local parks - bar none.

  • canuck
    +6

    Movies and TV shows. No one comes even close.

    • Qukatt
      +3

      i beg to differ. Only a tiny few UK to US tv show conversion was even remotely successful. All the rest flopped horrendously so it follows that americans just couldn't copy the conditions needed to simulate how wildly popular brit shows get (red dwarf, it crowd, life on mars, shameless, Coupling, cracker, Ab Fab, Dad's Army, Fawlty Towers; which had three attempts to copy it in the US, The Inbetweeners, Gavin & Stacey, Spaced, Sirens... the list continues)

      We'll give you US the Office though, that was waaaay better than Gervais' one here in the UK. Also House of Cards.

      Which is a damn shame because US has great weird brit style comedy (running wilde and Better off Ted came to mind, both sadly cancelled far too soon)

    • Bastou
      +2

      Their budget and diffusion, sure. Their originality, issshhh. Maybe if more people were willing to watch something with subtitles, they'd notice there are great things made in non English speaking countries. Many of the artists from these countries, when they get good enough, they move to the US to get higher budgets for their ideas. But a shit load of TV shows and movies made in the US are actually remakes of ones in other languages or cultures (British, Australian, Canadians...) which originals were way better.

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  • picklefingers
    +5

    American Football. We are the only country to win a super bowl.

    • grandtheftsoul
      +3

      I like baseball's WORLD series, where only one country (sometimes two) participates.

      • picklefingers
        +4

        I've been advocating for the Korean and Japanese leagues to join in. They are some good competition.

      • madjo
        +2

        Too bad the Baseball World Cup is no more.

        Though to be honest, it feels great to still be able to say that we're world number 1 in Baseball. (Netherlands was the champion in 2011, when it was held for the last time)

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  • RoamingGnome
    +3

    We are #1 at letting cops get away with crimes against its people.

  • Gozzin
    +3

    Is this a trick question?