Number One, Bar None

By AJ Melillo, Assistant Opinion Editor

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The United States of America is the greatest country on planet Earth, bar none. On July 4, 1776 a collection of some of the greatest men to have ever lived wrote the Declaration of Independence, in which they outlined the formation of a new nation. The nation they were fighting to create would be built on the idea that people are born with three inalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These men did not know if a truly free society would even work as it was never tried before, but through sheer will and determination they built something earth-shaking: the United States of America.

Today, far too many Americans no longer hold the values of American exceptionalism, the idea that America is the best. Some, including former President Barack Obama, believe that America is nothing special. In an April 2009 interview, he said, “I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.” Let me be clear: this idea is absolutely wrong. America is the greatest country this world has ever known and every other country has us to thank for their freedoms.

The United States of America is the freest country on earth, hands down. The easiest way to prove this is when you look at the issue of freedom of speech. The U.S., unlike most other countries in the western world, has no hate speech laws, which can be very dangerous. Hate speech is the act of speaking harshly about certain races, religions, sexual orientations or any other personal characteristics.

If this is true, is it not reasonable to believe that if the government was being run by an anti-abortion Christian, someone could be arrested for hate speech for speaking out against the anti-abortion agenda? If we had hate speech laws, President Donald Trump could legally turn around and arrest everyone making fun of his skin being orange because they are making fun of his race, which would be ridiculous.

The U.S. thankfully does not have these laws though. Its citizens are allowed to say whatever they want, provided violence is not incited, unlike in Canada, the UK, Japan, Germany and France, just to name a few. In the U.S., we have the right to gather for a peaceful protest, a right which does not exist in a lot of countries. This includes our neighbors to the north where in 2012, Quebec made it illegal to hold a peaceful protest.

Many argue that the U.S. cannot be the greatest country because we do not score the best on math and science globally. What they forget is we cannot compete with countries like China where the government forces children to meet their predetermined life path based on genetics.

Unlike the top countries, the U.S. allows children to foster skills that they want to have instead of forcing them to be perfect in math and science. This is proven by the fact that the U.S. dominates the world in all of the top charts from film to music both historically and weekly. All of our so-called modern downfalls are a direct result of our freedom and the principle that the government cannot tell you how to live your life.

Every other country has the U.S. to thank for their freedom because guess whose young men and women have been bailing the world out for the past 150 years? Ours; like the 418,500 U.S. citizens that risked their lives protecting the rest of the Earth from German, Japanese and Italian tyranny in the 1940s. Every other country has us to thank for their freedoms because we were the first truly free nation, and we still are the biggest protector of freedom globally. We still fight tyranny and dictatorships across the globe.

Yes we have our problems, and yes we have made mistakes in our past, but we are the greatest country to have ever existed and always will be. The U.S. is the only country to be built on the inalienable rights afforded to us not by the government but that are endowed by our creator. The U.S., unlike every other country, believes that the government does not hand out rights. Instead, every single American citizen is born with rights that the government is not allowed to take away. That is why America is the greatest country on Earth.

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