What makes America different than the rest of the world?

@bobmnu (8160)
United States
April 6, 2010 1:26pm CST
Almost every country in the world is or was governed by Royalty or a Ruling Class based on Birth. The people looked to the ruler or government to solve their problems, protect them, and provide for them. Our founding fathers put a specific provision in the Constitution (Section 9 Limits on Congress) not to have Title of Nobility. We were to be a country governed by the people. The people who came to this country did so to be rewarded for their efforts and hard work. In most countries if you were successful the reward went to the ruling class. We are a country where anyone can achieve great things. One is limited only by limits imposed by yourself. People are becoming upset because now the Government is putting up more and more limits on a persons ability to achieve and advance. The American Dream is still to achieve on their own and enjoy the good life.
3 responses
@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
7 Apr 10
Our country was designed so that the only limits on us were self imposed... that our failure or success was solely determined by our own choices and actions. Now, the government wants to make those determinations for us without any choices left to us. That is the defining difference between Liberty and Freedom with We The People in charge and Liberalism and Communism with a Tyrannical Government in charge. I choose self rule over government rule every time.
• United States
8 Apr 10
Stated like a good and true communist. Self Rule is what our country was built upon. If you and the rest of the liberals don't like that, then by all means leave by the border of your choice.
• United States
9 Apr 10
Funny that you should mention water supplies, now that the government wants to control all water... even a puddle. The Constitution is the rules, and our government has been in violation of those rules for many years. My statements are much more than marginalized... they happen to be accurate. For your information Bush did not steal any election... he was voted in - twice. Nor did he stop the incessant recounts... the courts did. We all witnessed what happens when unlimited recounts occur, as evidenced by the Al Franken stealing of that election... ,and it was stolen with massive fraud and varying rules between districts, and ballots boxes mysteriously appearing in ballot workers cars. We Conservatives believe in the limited governments as outlined by the US Constitution... whereas you Communists believe in a Centralized top-down Authoritarian ruling body that dictates to the people. That is not the kind of government that this country was built upon... it was built upon the ideals of Individual Freedom and Liberty with the people being in charge of the government. 0baMao is not eligible to be president and never was, and he damn sure does not have America's best interest at heart. There is growing evidence that he was not even born in this country, and may not even be a citizen. As far as I am concerned, he is a fraud and an usurper... and he is a proven liar... not to mention most likely mentally unstable. You may desire a Tyrannical and Dictatorial Government, but I and the majority of America do not... nor will we stand by and let it happen unchallenged.
• United States
10 Apr 10
Are you insane? You know what, don't answer that. The answer is staring me in the face.
• United States
6 Apr 10
The limits that are placed by the government under Obama's administration are to help a person's ability to achieve and advance. By hardworking people - are you referring to the impoverished and middle class, or those who make their profits either investing in or working for companies that pay slave labour rates to children overseas?
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
7 Apr 10
If the Obama Administration is helping you would see low unemployment and higher personal income. By Hardworking I am talking about people who work for a living and pay taxes. Not people who live off the tax payers. I favor the elimination of entitlement programs and encourge people to work to improve their situtation and to advance. You are also upset that companies send work overseas and pay lower wages, by our standards, but high by local standards. I have lived in different countries for extended periods of time and see a US comapny paying lower wages as helping the local economy. Several years ago Nike opened a plant in China and paid people $0.60 per hour, which sparked protests claiming that Nike was paying slave wages. Upon furter invesgation the local average wage was $300 per year which makes Nike's wage 3 times the aveage wage. They had over 300 applicants for each job. This could hardly be called slave wages.
• United States
7 Apr 10
They are slave wages, when they equal to 3/10th of 1% of the retail price (and attests to Nike's false sense of entitlement), and when they don't enable those overseas to eat three squares a day, it is guaranteed not to feed their own economy, leaving them in a constant state of despair. You want a higher employment rate? Quit favouring companies that outsource.
@veromar (1459)
• Argentina
21 Apr 10
Hmmm. Ok. What do I address first? I'm an American citizen living in Argentina (just in case you look at my profile). We were firstly a British colony until we got fed up and revolted. Hence, no titles of nobility. However, we do have them, don't we? We've got our "first families". Generation after generation that dominate a certain field strictly based on nepotism. A lot of politicians (Kennedy's, Bush's, etc.) business people (Hilton, Trump, etc.). The first people who came to the Americas did so for religious freedom mostly. Freedom from other things grew from that. Being rewarded for efforts and hard work became a propaganda tool used by our fledgling democracy and it stuck. There's more to it than simply being limited by the limits imposed by yourself. Socio-economic limits are firmly entrenched in U.S. society. I also believe the "American Dream" is an ideology originally purported as government propaganda. It gets people to work their butts off for somebody else to reap the rewards with the false hope that it'll pay off. It's all bunk. The "good life" is a matter of interpretation. If you're a materialistic person it has one meaning. If the "good life" to you is non-materialistic, it has another. I believe that the only people who are becoming upset about the "government" putting limitations on a "persons ability to achieve and advance" are the wealthy and those that believe in capitalism. All they want is "their share", whatever that may be to them, and damn the rest of us. The fact of the matter is, there is only so much to go around. If a certain percentage of the populace is permitted to horde it all for themselves, then how do others achieve the "American Dream" you refer to? As to the original question: What makes America different than the rest of the world? My answer would be that we're a myth and got a lot of other countries to believe in it. It may have been true for a while. We actually were the "land of the free, home of the brave" where anything was possible. But it hasn't been that way for a couple of decades now and it's starting to catch up to us. MHO.
@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
26 Apr 10
If you think the American Dream is a myth I would have to disagree with you. All you have to do is look to the Office of President in this country. Two of the last three Presidents were born into poverty and lived with a single parent. With very few exceptions the President has been a self made man or the son of a self made man. Several women have run for the Party's endorsement to be president and non of them were Born to wealth. Two women were nominated to run on the ticket and neither were born to wealth. We have two Supreme Court Justices who were born in poverty and truly are the American Dream come to life. You talk about Business people who control generation after generation the business. Yet most of the big conglomerates are not controlled by a family anymore. They are publicly traded companies and the founding family may own stock still in the company but they don't automatically hand the business over to junior when Daddy retires. If you look at American business today you will see that it is dominated by upstarts. People like Sam Walton, Ross Peroit, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Steve Jobe, Bill Gates. Even the great American Corporations were started by hard working men who dreamed of making it big. Some made it and many failed but they all tried. That is what makes America Great we ca all try.