There are numerous reasons that the United States gets put on blast. From its love of violence (war, guns, capital punishment) to its lack merciful public policy (retributive justice, health care only if you can pay), there is no shortage of things that we could go into. While those are legitimate problems, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t positives. In fact, today we are going to devote an entire list to explaining what America does right.
These days, it seems like not even Americans can decide on what exactly is wrong with the nation. So, in the interest of bringing all sides together, we are reverting to what is possibly the oldest tactic in the book. We are focusing on the positives. Maybe if we can all look at why we love the United States (yes, even you Europe), then maybe we can lose a bit of this hatred and contempt in our hearts for the “other side.” So, join us today as we dive headfirst into one of the most unlikely articles you are going to read in a long time. These are 25 Things The United States Does Remarkably Well.
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If the world was a game of Civilization, the US would have won a cultural victory a long time ago.
Movies, music, video games…the world consumes American media.
Note: For those of you who might not know, Civilization is a computer game that originated in the 90’s that allows players to build their own empires or civilizations.
You don't need a college degree to be successful (or any degree for that matter).
There are many ways to make a living and thrive without having a degree. It just takes a lot of determination and smart thinking. However, if you want to still go the college route, 50 of the top 100 universities in the world are in the United States. While student loan debt is a big problem, most states have scholarship programs that will pay for your education if you get the grades. (Just keep in mind that even with the college degree you’ll need determination and smart thinking. A college degree in no way guarantees success.)
For a few dollars a month, you can skip paying for cable or watching bad TV programming by watching many movies and television sitcoms on demand. Hands down, it has the most content out of any country. (It also has international content too if the American films and shows aren’t enough.)
There is almost nowhere on Earth that you can speak your mind more than the US.
While there are laws against hate speech, slander, and libel, people in the US have a remarkable amount of freedom to say whatever they want and not fear major repercussions. The first amendment of the US constitution actually protects freedom of speech as a right of US citizens.
Free public bathrooms
In most other places you have to pay. This is another aspect to international travel that renders many Americans speechless. While there are exceptions, many public bathrooms are also pretty clean, and businesses expect you to complain or tell them if the bathroom is a mess or missing toilet paper.