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The New York Times put out a video op-ed on the “mythology” of American greatness, maintaining that since other countries are also free and some have better standards of living than we do, America is not “great,” just “OK.” In the course of his response to that video, in which he basically takes apart its argument and the assumptions behind it, columnist Marc Thiessen cites some facts that I hadn’t realized.
Today, he says, a majority of the world’s nations are democracies, and the economic state of the world has improved to the point that a majority of its population can be considered “middle class”–thanks to the U.S.A.
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He points out that in the late 18th century, the founding principles of our nation–the government being answerable to the people, rather than vice versa; the ideal of liberty as the basis of a nation; and the practice of self-government as defined by the American Constitution–were utterly unique. These innovations have since spread throughout the world and are taken for granted, but the world owes the United States a great debt.
From Marc Thiessen, “America is Greater than ‘Just OK‘”:
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