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Why is the United States of America the greatest nation in the history of the world?

Many, many, many reasons, but among them is the fact that we can take photographs like this:

Earth, Jupiter, and Venus, as seen from Mars

Think of it as a kind of “Self-Portrait with Mars and Jupiter.” Like it or not, every Christmas sweater on Earth is in that picture.

PS: Should America and all Earth’s civilizations end and become one with Ninevah and Tyre, this shall survive.

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  • John Bosworth December 19, 2019, 9:34 AM

    Unless Venus and Earth have swapped places with Mars… I don’t think this picture is legit.
    Surely you don’t think Photoshop is what makes us great? 😉

  • ghostsniper December 19, 2019, 12:32 PM

    Why is the United States of America the greatest nation in the history of the world?
    Because the people that live there have been largely brainwashed into believing so?
    The whole “greatest” thing is subjective and variegated. I lived in Germany and there were aspects of that place that blew away the US, and it had it’s downsides as well. Lived in Mexico, same thing. No place is perfect and every place has it’s flaws and everywhere people are in charge of others the brainwashing occurs. What makes a good place tolerable? Not the landscape. Not the climate. Not the access to things. People. The tolerance of, and by, other people.

    There’s that word again, tolerance. Used, of late, and mostly wrongly, by people that are intolerable. When places become intolerable enough people will start to leave regardless of the life long brainwashing. This is not limited to nations, but for now it is limited to planets. People have been leaving neighborhoods, cities, counties and states all of their lives mostly because of other people. It’s harder, but people leave nations too when the intolerance of people is too much.

    Greatest nation? Please. It is a pipe dream. The greatest life you can have is one in which you design it yourself with little effect from intolerant others.

  • John Venlet December 19, 2019, 1:45 PM

    Ghostsniper, though you often point out negative aspects of America that are spot on, and which I fully agree with, you are far from being spot on with your denigration of America not being the greatest nation in the world.

    The United States of America was, is, and has the potential to remain the greatest nation in the world. I sometimes think that you’ve imbibed too much of the media and leftist lines which is preventing you from understanding that America remains the greatest nation in the world. Look at what you’ve accomplished, and have shared with us regarding your accomplishments. While it is possible you could have achieved the exact same accomplishments in Germany, or Mexico for that matter, you did not, you accomplished them here in America. The United States of America is close to the only nation in the world which has allowed the individual to achieve success, unhindered.

    From its founding, through to today, America remains the greatest nation in the world. The left, in its many variegated forms may not think so, and may bang their negative drums all day in attempts to get others to sing their idiotic tune, but if the United States of America is not the greatest nation in the world, tell me why so many foreign individuals still do their damnedest to get into the U.S., and why foreign country after foreign country still looks to the U.S. for support? Plus, the United States of America has Donald Trump, and he is working as hard as he can to restore the confidence Americans previously exuded, day in and day out, that America is the greatest.

    The United States of America is the greatest nation in history, and it is individuals who make it so.

  • ghostsniper December 19, 2019, 7:15 PM

    “…tell me why so many foreign individuals still do their damnedest to get into the U.S.”

    I’m pretty certain you already know the reason to this question, but I’ll spell it out.
    Because some people in the US steal massively from other people in the US and give some of the proceeds to the foreign individuals. Stealing is a crime and a group of people that base their existence in crime can never be considered great. Are you an individual, or are you just part of a group and nothing more?

  • John Venlet December 20, 2019, 4:19 AM

    Ghostsniper, you are correct that many of the individuals arriving in the U.S. today are coming to feast on handouts stolen from individual American taxpayers, and I’d wager the majority of these are illegal immigrants, and there is a vast difference between individuals arriving here in accordance with existing immigration laws, and those sneaking in our country.

    To answer your question as to whether I am an individual or just part of a group, I am individual, and I freely, but selectively, choose to be a part of the group of Americans for whom America is the greatest nation in the world, and whom have earned their place here, rather than stealing a place among Americans.

  • ghostsniper December 20, 2019, 4:47 AM

    I’m pretty sure we are on the same page John, as I’ve always thought about you, but coming in from slightly different angles. We are both vets and have laid it on the line, and we are both conservatives at our cores. We are more similar than different.

    I believe the citizens of the US are less free now than at any other point in history. The time when Americans were most free was in the early 1800’s when the gov’t at all levels was small and the population was small. Since then, both have expanded greatly and while most Americans believe the gov’t has become overly intrusive many fail to understand that they get the gov’t that they vote for. The voters are causing dismay for the entire population.

    This trend will continue though along the way people like Trump will drop a speed bump now and then, and the only good in all of this, from my elderly perspective, is that I won’t have to endure the worst of it. I am however concerned for our son and our grandchild as they will have to deal with what is coming. If this whole blows, like many expect – possibly before the next national election, then I will have to saddle up and get to it. I’m pretty sure I can still consistently hit a milk jug at half a mile.

    One more thing. I have made whatever success I have in my business life in spite of gov’t intrusion not because of it and I believe most business owners will agree with that. Regardless of the retarded communist Obama’s assertion, YES, I did build that.

  • John Venlet December 20, 2019, 4:59 AM

    Ghostsniper, you’re right. I too think we’re on the same page, spearheading different angles of attack. I’d jump in the foxhole at your side, if things went south. You’re also correct that American freedoms are being curtailed, the further along this country goes since its founding.

    And YES, you did build that, as I did myself also. We’ve earned what we’ve achieved, tooth and nail.

  • Thos. December 20, 2019, 10:44 AM

    Reading this exchange between John Venlet and the ghostsniper, I somehow found myself thinking about how much this country’s Founders valued liberty – and how much of their writing and speaking was focused on the importance of liberty. (I guess I might also be subconsciously thinking about the founders because of all the attempts this by the House Democrats to wrap themselves in the mantle of the founders.)

    I can’t help but get depressed whenever I think about liberty. When was the last time an elected official or a candidate for national office (or appointment), spoke with any sincerity about the importance of personal liberty, or the need to preserve it?

    For that matter, when did it become a rare thing in our society for a concern about individual freedom or a desire to just be left alone to be seen as normal? I haven’t been around as long as most of this site’s regulars, but I’m not a young man, either; and I don’t remember such a time.

  • Thos. December 20, 2019, 10:46 AM

    [. . . attempts this WEEK . . .]