Friday, April 10, 2020

America is Not The Greatest Country In The World. But, It Could Be.

Posted by Danny Hammond

From: "Newsroom" The Popular TV Series 1st Episode on 24 June 2012, HBO Starring Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy the highest-rated television newscaster in the country.

Will McAvoy sits onstage with two other journalists and he is an outspoken man. He is obviously holding in a lot more than the others guess. 

A question and answer period begins with a young female college student from the attendees walks to the microphone and says, "this question is, can you tell me in two sentences why America is the greatest country in the world"? 

One of the panelists quickly answers, "Freedom". 

The girl turns to Will, "Mr. McAvoy"?

Will answers sharply with a forced smile, "The New York Mets". 

The Moderator mildly berates him as Will holds his hand over his eyes to block the sun coming through a high window.  He is trying to read two small signs that someone in the crowd is holding in succession. The first one reads, "America is not the greatest country in the world.", and the second one, "But it could be". 

Will can't see who is handling the two signs, but he slowly gets the message that someone is telling him the answer he knows is what he believes. 

The Moderator:   Come on Will, I can't let you get away without answering better than that. 

Will: Ok, fine.  It's not. 

The Moderator: Are you saying... 

Will:   It's not the greatest country in the world, professor, that's my answer. 

Moderator: [pause] You are saying... 

Will: Yes. 

Moderator: Let's talk about... 

Will: Fine. 

Will: [to the liberal panelist] Sharon, the NEA (National Education Association) is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paychecks, but he [gesturing to the conservative panelist] gets to hit you with it anytime he wants. It doesn't cost money, it costs votes. It costs airtime and column inches. 

You know why people don't like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so fuckin' smart, how come they lose so GODDAM ALWAYS! 

And [to the conservative panelist] with a straight face, you're going to tell these students that America's so star-spangled awesome that we're the only ones in the world who have freedom? 

Canada has freedom, Japan has freedom, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, Belgium has freedom. Two hundred seven sovereign states in the world, and like 180 of them have freedom. 

And you—sorority girl—yeah—just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there are some things you should know, and one of them is that there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world. 

We're seventh in literacy, twenty-seventh in math, twenty-second in science, forty-ninth in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, number 4 in labor force, and number 4 in exports. 

We lead the world in only three categories: the number of incarcerated citizens per capita, the number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next twenty-six countries combined, twenty-five of whom are allies

None of this is the fault of a 20-year-old college student, but you, nonetheless, are without a doubt, a member of the WORST-period-GENERATION-period-EVER-period, so when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world,  I don't know what the fuck you're talking about?!  Yosemite?!!!

Will calms considerably and draws a breath.

We sure used to be.  We stood up for what was right!  We fought for moral reasons. We passed and struck down laws for moral reasons.  We waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were, and we never beat our chest. 

We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and cultivated the world's greatest artists and the world's greatest economy.  We reached for the stars, and we acted like men. 

We aspired to intelligence; we didn't belittle it; it didn't make us feel inferior.  We didn't identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election, and we didn't scare so easy.  And we were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed.  By great men.  Men who were revered. 

The first step, in solving any problem, is recognizing that there is one. —America is not the greatest country in the world... anymore. 

Will: [to moderator] "Enough"? 

Please Comment. I am going to. Let's debate why it takes a character in a TV show to say what the majority of us should be saying.  By the way. "Newsroom" is one of my favorite shows ever. Danny Hammond


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  2. I try not to argue. I don't want anyone to feel that I believe my opinion is superior to theirs. But, I have been fighting mortgage fraud for nearly ten years. I have spent all of the retirement that I had left after being mugged in the alley of life by GMAC Mortgage, LLC and Fannie Mae.

    The former did not exist and the latter is a part of the US Government. Tell me why it was that immediately after the collapse of the entire Savings & Loan system, which caused the failure of the FSLIC in less than a non-second and vaporized 1/3 of all of the real estate value in the country, that our government put over 1000 mid to upper level bankers in jail between 1988 and 1994?

    The 2006-2009 Wall Street Melt-Down was and is still ongoing as a criminal racketeering problem many thousands of times worse, yet not one single Wall Street gangster or banker has even been indicted. The Supreme Court has been politicized by enemies of the country.

    I don't care if you like Trump. I just can't understand it. All of us think we know when someone is lying. I have been fooled. More than I should have, but Trump is truly out of his mind.

    Anyone on this website right now. Anyone who is reading this either was defrauded of the greatest thing that anyone could ever aspire to own. Your home. You either lost your home, or someone dear to you has lost their home, Or you are here to try and find out how to steal one yourself.
    We were all set up by the deregulation of banking and home buying and then taken to the cleaners by judges who I have personally seen, heard and shouted at.

    I am not carrying any tales here. There is not one thing on this website that I did not either learn through many, many hours of research or from having my own nose rubbed in it. During this Covid-19 ordeal I have seen so many heroic men and women get screwed over for political reasons. No one voted to go to the beaches of Normandy. They volunteered. Today I remembered that Will McAvoy rant. I am about a beer and a half from going on my own. The answers are here on this website. Call your government out. Call your Courts out. I really do fear we are a half hour from too late. You lost your homes because the politicians and the courts have diluted the constitution to such an extent it is literally foundering on the rocks. Someone tell me where I'm wrong. Don't guess. Tell Me. I know. For sure. One guy. Can't do it. We need to build a village. Everyone pull the same way. After 230 years of the American Way, it is ours to lose. Danny Hammond