posted on Dec, 9 2005 @ 06:09 AM
Let me point out the real differences between the USA and other countries that might have, but didn't rise to the occasion.
The USA was created in such a way as to remove the dark influence of state religion, although there are misguided people who wish that to change.
The USA was incredably fortunate to have nearly unlimited natural resources at its disposal at a time when that really, really mattered.
The USA was and is unique in that almost every culture in the world has contributed to ours in various ways.
The USA was a way out for the disaffected people of any country who for whatever reason were unhappy in their country of origin. As a result, the
people who came here were for the most part happy about it and looking for something better than they left, even if they had to create it themselves.
The USA is populated by the decendants of people from many, many countries and cultures who had the courage and fortatude to take a chance, to have
faith in themselves, to strive and work toward something greater than what had come before. Even those who were brought here wrongly against their
will from Africa left a better legacy for their decendants than if they had stayed in their countries of origin.
Ultimately the poem at the base of our most famous immigrant, the Statue of Liberty, says it well.
The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
with conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
a mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame,
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
with silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Our culture and population is the most diverse in the world. This is our true strength. This is why we succeed. This is what makes us great. Most
other countries seem to still be stuck in the status quo of race, class, and religion. You perpetuate this by staying in your own little nation
states. You refuse to unite (until recently with the EU) so you waste your time fighting with with your neighbors over stupid things like religion,
skin tone, and little pieces of land. You waste your time, energy, and lives on hating each other, then dispise us because we found and improved on
ways to get beyond that, in theory, if not always in practice.
Like I said before, hate us if you must, dispise us if you will, but at least be honest as to why.