In our red-hot angry political season, it’s wise that we take a step back and agree on a few things about our country.
So, here we go.
- America’s higher education system can’t be beat. Well, hmmm…the U.S. ranked 19th out of 28 nations in a 2014 study that examined educational mobility.
- Journalists in our country are the most free in the world. Well, hmmm…according to the 2016 World Press Freedom Index, 40 nations rank ahead of the U.S. when journalistic freedom is measured.
- Americans have a higher median income than any other nation. Well, hmmm…we’re close, but we’re not at the top.
- The U.S. is the most religious nation in the world. Well, hmmm…we’re not even in the top 5.
- We are the murder capital of the world! Well, hmmm…actually, per capita we are among the safest nations in the world.
- Our health care system, for all its faults, is the best in world. Oh, stop. The World Health Organization recently rated our nation’s health care as 37th best in the world. Some of the countries ahead of us will surprise you.
- Our poverty rate is the envy of the world. Probably not.
- Sure, we might not turn out to vote in great numbers, but that’s the same story in other democratic nations. Well, hmmm…would you believe that one study suggested the U.S. is 31st among the 35 most highly developed and democratic countries?
- Live here, live longer. Sort of. Let’s allow the World Health Organization to explain.
- The American Dream of home ownership is alive and well. Sorry to burst that (housing) bubble.
Here is one indisputable fact: We are the most generous nation on Earth.
Here is one more indisputable fact, and I’ll leave it to you to argue over it: Per capita, we have the highest gun ownership anywhere in the world.
I anticipate someone reading this post is going to accuse me of subtly (or not subtly) endorsing one of the presidential candidates. Make your case. Maybe we’ll all agree on that, too.