The anger many People really feel concerning the state of affairs in our nation rivals that of the late 1960s. It’s profoundly unhappy. I write this as an observer of American politics from overseas, as I’m a retired New Hampshire educator residing with my spouse in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Usually, we hear the assertion from many People, overseas and at dwelling, that “America is the best nation on the face of the Earth.” I’m wondering why so many People are so caught up within the false piety that “America is the perfect” or “hold America nice.”
Is it our overt nationalistic spirit at work right here? Is it resulting from our unflinching loyalty to our nation that at occasions colours our view? Is it embedded in our tradition that something lower than the perfect isn’t good? Is that this false pretense of greatness simply an excuse to maintain issues as they as soon as had been? Or is it that those that assert such superlatives are basically insecure, defensive, or simply ill-informed?
By what standards does one take into account to conclude that “America is the perfect”? Is it GNP? In that case, when China surpasses America, does that make China the perfect? Or is it how comfortable and harmonious individuals are, through which case Denmark or Bhutan could also be on the prime. If it’s confidence in authorities, then maybe New Zealand wins the prize? How about literacy charge? In that case, would North Korea be the best? North Korea?
One might argue that the “greatest nation on the planet” is the one which takes the perfect care of its individuals by way of well being, schooling, and elder care. Does that make Norway or Denmark the perfect nations on Earth? How about having a wonderful public instructional system? Then maybe the highest nation could also be Singapore or Finland? Would the richest nation be the perfect on the earth? Subsequently the award goes to Qatar.
Is having equal alternative amongst all individuals no matter race, gender, gender choice, or creed an vital indicator of greatness? If that’s the case, does America efficiently obtain that normal?
The measures of a rustic’s greatness are diversified and dependent upon how individuals charge the significance of the factors – one thing on which People would have issue attaining consensus.
Whereas most People haven’t visited different nations, I’m lucky to have lived and labored in nations in Europe, Asia, and Africa – for over 20 years. I see America and different nations otherwise due to my experiences and work. I’m not saying I’ve clearer imaginative and prescient, only a completely different perspective.
Having labored extensively in China, Egypt, South America, India, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and so forth., with ministries and boards of schooling, I can actually recognize what is nice about America in addition to what could possibly be higher. Like America, every nation has its distinctive strengths in addition to its weaknesses and, to be sincere, I simply couldn’t rank-order greatest to worst. It isn’t that easy. Many have a tendency to hunt simplistic, comprehensible options to advanced issues, which accounts partially maybe for the cliche “America is the best nation.”
Because of this I discover it idiosyncratic that American nationalists, no matter working and residing in and even visiting different nations, champion America’s greatness over all others.
As said earlier, my spouse, Linda, and I stay in Thailand, the place she receives superb, reasonably priced care as she is within the latter phases of Alzheimer’s illness. We stay in a home collectively as I’ve chosen to not ship her to a care dwelling – one thing that’s basically unaffordable in america.
We researched the perfect care choices for my spouse of 49 years and determined to maneuver to Thailand some three years in the past in order that she might obtain in-home companies. Now we have certified nurses, a caregiver, a prepare dinner, and a housekeeper who come to our dwelling nearly every day, all of whom, together with our sons, attend to Linda’s distinctive wants in addition to present me some relaxation. Due to the flawed U.S. well being care and insurance coverage methods, we couldn’t probably do that again dwelling.
Does that make Thailand the best nation on the face of the planet? Arguably not.
My level is that like some other nation, America has imperfections however that doesn’t imply I don’t care deeply for my nation. That’s the reason it’s so painful to see the U.S. president and his appointees tear our nation down – inflicting racial unrest in just about each giant U.S. metropolis, widening the revenue hole, creating an America of the haves and have nots, inflicting untold and useless deaths by mishandling the COVID-19 disaster, disrespecting immigrants who’ve sought protected haven from oppression of their nations, simply to be oppressed in America. It’s painfully unhappy.
Is America the best nation on the face of the planet? Maybe not, however I simply don’t know the place America ranks among the many 200-plus nations on the earth. Individuals who imagine that aren’t dangerous individuals; they don’t seem to be communists, extremists, leftists, revolutionaries, or anti-American. They merely need issues to enhance in America for People and for individuals who want to develop into American – simply as our mother and father and grandparents sought (bear in mind from the place all of us got here). Folks need to be pleased with our nation and need equal alternatives for all who stay in and are available to America.
Sadly, the U.S. president is incapable – for no matter causes – of main America ahead. All of us have to solid votes in November and make our voices clearly heard – in order that we might obtain significant, lasting modifications and enhancements to our nation. With that, maybe America might understand the greatness all of us hope for.
(Paul DeMinico of Sanbornton is at present residing in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He previously served because the superintendent of colleges in SAU 53 (Allenstown, Chichester Deerfield, Epsom and Pembroke) and with the Gilford College District. He additionally served as head of faculty in Bangkok and the Netherlands, in addition to faculty principal in Norway and Cairo, Egypt, and at Winnisquam Regional Center College.)