I’m not sure why Liberals are so determined to knock America off our well-deserved ride astride the high horse.
Liberals have worked harder than any enemy to lessen America’s status. As reported in the NY Times:
… a major new ranking of livability in 132 countries puts the United States in a sobering 16th place. We underperform because our economic and military strengths don’t translate into well-being for the average citizen.
In the Social Progress Index, the United States excels in access to advanced education but ranks 70th in health, 69th in ecosystem sustainability, 39th in basic education, 34th in access to water and sanitation and 31st in personal safety. Even in access to cellphones and the Internet, the United States ranks a disappointing 23rd, partly because one American in five lacks Internet access.
“It’s astonishing that for a country that has Silicon Valley, lack of access to information is a red flag,” notes Michael Green, executive director of the Social Progress Imperative, which oversees the index. The United States has done better at investing in drones than in children, and cuts in social services could fray the social fabric further.
This Social Progress Index ranks New Zealand No. 1, followed by Switzerland, Iceland and the Netherlands. All are somewhat poorer than America per capita, yet they appear to do a better job of meeting the needs of their people.
If everybody gets a trophy, why keep score?
Sure America has succumbed to Liberalism in a major way, and this is killing our stats. However, America still has a few things that are the envy of the world.
First, we have true Conservatives. True Conservatives are in short supply outside of America, as most countries have socialists at best and generally communists. Next, America has the “it” factor. You’ve heard of it, but nobody can tell you what “it” is, they just know it when they see it.
Dubai can make streets paved with gold, and build testaments to Muhammed all they want; but Dubai will never have the “it” factor. And neither will any other country, at least for the foreseeable future.
America is not #1 in most of those categories, but foreigners still dream of America. They want to visit, and many want to live here. Once a person has experienced America, they are never the same.