Top Ten Problems With America

Wow, where to start? Drugs, violence, corruption, war, the Jonas brothers... My fellow Americans, we're in a pretty crappy spot :( What is our biggest issue today, and what can we do to solve it? We have a thousand issues, so I wanna see a thousand issues on here too!

The Top Ten

1 No Respect For The Rest of The World

This is very true about Americans. Every other country except for themselves is portrayed negatively and incorrectly in their films and T.V. shows

Yeah, who doesn't enjoy being lumped into a group of stereotypical people by other people who don't know what jokes are! - ObviouslyNotATroll

Ya, we're some pretty arrogant a**holes arent we?

With in the last few years, no one had internet. No one could reach, out if they could. Now we are everywhere, we can talk to many, at one time. People do not have respect here in America, how can they have respect to anyone else? Have you ever read, a old social studies book 20's 30'era? Things are passed down through generations, not just recipes, they pass down bias and hate, so each person teaches there generation the hate, If you was to ask why they probably would not know.( It was passed down). My husband and I, have a orphanage in Africa, we run it with my daughter Olivia. The love those people give, amazing. we have stop spreading hate and bias stuff about people, people of different color. Some times I can still see the lynch mobs, the ones that gathered a criminal in middle of the square and hung him there. How some people are treated, How fast they can go from sweet to evil in one sentence. That was not that long ago, but it happened. Have we only progressed in technology. ...more

I have to admit, this is a big problem in my country. I really and truelly wish that it wasn't, because inside I am very patriotic for my country. But I know we are by far not the best in the world, there are so so so so many problems in America. And I have to say it, things will only get worse if we keep up this mentality. Nobody seems to respect us anymore, for this exact reason... when will my fellow AMericans realize this? Its sad that such a culturally diverse country could be so disrespectful to other races and have no respect for the rest of the world. I happen to love history, I happen to be very interested in the history of other countries as well... it is all important and fasinating even if it isn't our own... Other cultures are amazing as well... I am a cultured American, and I am calling out to my brethren to break to be more cultured as well. We are NOT everything. Just as a shout out to these countries... I think that Russian, English and German history and culture is ...more

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2 The Education System

If the people were educated properly, with a full unfiltered understanding of history, with no bias-ism, over half of these problems would diminish and there would be such a thing again as 'common sense'.

Ok, I'm gonna go on a full out rant on this. First of all, education has really gone down in our country. And yes, if you look at my profile, I live in Massachusetts. But, now you're probably thinking "Massachusetts has an awesome education system! ". But, my school, not so much. In my English class (ELA) we didn't do much work. We ate food, threw the food, played on our tablets, and some got pretty bullied. The reason it was that bad was because the teacher was too nice. His punishment for students misbehaving was banishing them to the hallway! And plus, we took quizzes and tests, and never got many back. Since I'm out of that school and going to middle school, I'm missing 7-8 quizzes AND tests that I was supposed to get back! In science, we didn't do much either. We read the chapter, then did a worksheet nobody really finished. Why? BECAUSE STUDENTS WOULD FOOL AROUND AND BE DUMB. Then, there's Social Studies class (Geography or History). We would learn political and ...more - kaitlynrad11

Although we may touch on it, Americans don't really learn about other cultures at all, even rarer in a positive way. This is the main spark to the racism, and the lack of respect that the States uphold due to lack of and false information.

This sucks horribly, why am I learning 1+2 in 7th grade (serious)!? - EliHbk

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3 Drugs

Drugs are taking over our country

Okay for starters I will agree drugs can be harmful to you such as Heroin, LSD, Coke, acid, etc.. But if you think for one minute the marijuana is like any of these drugs then you need to get your facts straight. There are so many people out there that bash marijuana because it's a drug, yet it's used in hospitals and it helps people. Yet 88,000 people die yearly from drinking alcohol, 480,000 die yearly smoking cigarettes. No one has ever overdosed on cannabis, and if there is any deaths from marijuana it's obvisoly won't be anywhere near those numbers. So they legalize cancer, and poison but are having difficulties legalizing medical marijuana?.. My theory on why they won't legalize it is simple. They have to control the population so they have to have alcohol and cancer to kill us off so we don't overpopulate, which I guess I can't blame them because if we overpopulated their would be less jobs and so on. So I get why that's all illegal because it's at your own risk, it's your ...more

It is due to drugs that today we are facing these problems such as : negligence ( a father, who drinks never looks after his family we'll. Also, a student who takes drugs has high chances of failing than a student who does not.

Drugs medical drugs to save people's lives.
or overdose.

or illegal drugs.

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4 Bullying

Some many people thing that bullying makes kids stronger. WRONG! Bullying makes kids skip school, on average over 10 percent of victims have skipped school specifically to avoid being bullied, over 160,000 students per year.

I am a thirteen year old girl who has been bullied her entire life and death is a thought that often finds its way to my head. My family and friends and my boyfriend is the only reason why I won't kill my self. The reason why I have just now decided to share this is because someone who is very important to me is going through what I have went through my entire life. The people who bully think that because they feel bad they have to make others feel bad but they don't and if they would be nice they would find someone who is willing to love them so they don't need to hurt others or theirselves. Because I will love them if they need me to or want me to.

You have still stayed strong after all your abuse. That is an ability most people don't have. I hope you don't kill yourself, because there is always someone who would be absolutely devastated if you did. Think about the people you love. They want you to live, so do it for them. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

I think its hard to understand what someone is going through unless you experience that yourself. I've never had those kinds of problems, but only because I go to a great school where bullying is practically nonexistent. I do know how it feels to just want to be normal so people stop treating you differently. Bullies have a completely different mindset. there is a good chance they had grown up in a bad home and had developed such a weak mind that they use their physical strength to feel stronger. There is always a reason... that doesn't make it any better, but perhaps if more effort was put into trying to understand the victims AND the bullies, a sort of bridge can be built. Bullies want people to feel how they had felt, for someone to understand. which is why they don't stop. Wanting someone to understand you is a human instinct everyone feels naturally. How can anyone be expected to fight against that.

Bullying is getting out of hand a kid was body slammed at a school

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5 The Media

"Reality" T.V. shows that focus on top models, dancing stars, fashion faux pas, "real" housewives, and swamp people are completely dumbing down our population. There is no focus on solving real problems of government overspending, personal dependency, radical islamists, and general decline of morality. Shame.

The media are constantly praising and focusing attention on non talented bimbo's who are famous for no reason. There is no morality about the media what so ever. If you had 2 women the 1 women was a very talented singer, song writer and played musical instruments but she respects her body so doesn't sell herself sexually by stripping and acting promiscuous all over the T.V. and the other woman has no talents or anything notable to be famous for, but she will do ANYTHING for money & fame IE) take her clothes off or do something disgusting & low to gain attention, fame and money; Which 1 will the media pick to shine the light on? They'll pick the woman with no morals & give her loads of media attention and turn her into a celebrity. Then they will publicize her sex life, boob jobs, ass jobs. The woman will date celebrity men and bed hop between them to keep her name in the papers. It is all just pointless really, because she doesn't deserve that kind of attention, where the woman who ...more

The media is a huge problem in this country, particularly the way they are covering this election. I just watched the Republican debate, and every other question was about terrorism. They are doing their best to spread fear, which they hope will translate into votes. The media is cherry picking the polls they report, trying to cast Hillary Clinton in as bad a light as possible. Bernie Sanders is wonderful and is doing well but you can tell the Republicans don't view him as a threat. He wasn't even mentioned at the GOP debate, but they sure took after Clinton and Obama. The media, too, is all but ignoring Sanders unless they can use him to make Hillary look bad. Republicans aren't criticizing Sanders because they will go after his supporters if he doesn't get the nomination. If you truly support Bernie and the things he stands for, you have much more in common with Hillary than with any Republican.

Will definitely agree with this one. The media is all over people and issues they want to focus on, most of it stupid issues, while if something were to personally happen to someone of very little importance they will just either write a short article or none at all. The worst part is how many people become absorbed into the mainstream part of media they effectively become sheeple. - NuMetalManiak

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6 Barack Obama Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th president of the United States of America. He was elected in 2008 after serving in the Senate from 2005-08, beating John McCain and becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the United States. He was elected again in 2012, beating Mitt Romney.

Obama is being blamed for Bush's screw ups!

Actually, it's not Obama. We just have a very corrupt congress. A lot of people think that the President has all the power and can do whatever he wants. That's not true. The President actually can't do ANYTHING without getting approval from the Congress. Obama has wanted to do a ton for this country, but it's all been rejected because our Congress is currently filled with very corrupt greedy people who do not care about anyone's well being, especially the financially struggling. They are all rich political figures that ONLY care about making more money, and they won't approve any decision from the President unless it makes them more money.

Obama's policies passed THROUGH congress are screwing up America. We were already in trouble before he comes, and then he lies to America again and again.

Change Congress, you may change the world. I looked back in History like when Blue Shield got started, there have been many President that tried to pass a health insurance. If anyone has, been in a hospital in emergency room you will see it is mostly, people with no insurance. Waiting hours can be for 3 hours and up. This new insurance, will help this problem because, those people most of them will never pay, their bill to emergency room. But yet you have insurance on your automobiles and pets and your house. Are you worth something? Because without your life you, would not have any of these things. He is wrong for wanting to help you? Have you ever had a Illness like heart attack, do you know how much one of those cost with no insurance, when most of the people in America is high risk of one. Most Countries have health insurance. We are suppose to be the best country. I think we loosing, that first place status, not due to our President. People listen to Social Media. Everyone had a ...more

LIKES BIGG BBC!

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7 Terrorists

Though we do have a lot of problems to solve, terrorism is by far the worst! Many of our problems would be solved if we could just get rid of it.

I get that terrorism is a HUGE problem. There isn't a lot we can do about it. One thing we can do is start securing our borders and making sure NO ONE gets past security or anything without being checked for drugs, guns, bombs, etc. There are so many idiotic people out there who are drunk, drugged, mentally insane, or just violent. We need to do our best to protect our country.

All these terrorist attacks will continue to go on forever and ever. We won't see peace in all nations in a long time. They're just destroying our Earth slowly and slowly. Peace is the only solution but it's hard to preach it when our heroes who do preach are being silenced for doing the right thing.

BEcause 911 that's why

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8 Corruption

Corruption and a stupid political agenda will be the end of the US. Other countries and foreign investors basically own us with all the debt that we've compiled. So what does the government do to stop this from continuing? They cut a few billion dollars from the budget and than propose a healthcare reform costing over a trillion dollars. The only radical change we need right now is in our spending and materialism. In my opinion, this category is the most dangerous internal threat to America.

Corruption is a massive issue facing America. This is no longer a democracy that serves the people, but one that serves the interests of corporations and big businesses. How can we pride ourselves as a free country when our congress is enslaved to corporations that offer huge payouts, probably taxpayer money, to get them to betray and go against what's best for America and it's citizens? Corruption should be outlawed.

This is our # 2 problem, not 10

20 years and we die. - garetboyz

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9 Donald Trump Donald Trump Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States. Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Trump received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. In 1971, ...read more.

I do not understand his "Build the Wall" campaign. For one it is going to cost billions and America is already in debt. Guess I need to buy a plane ticket to Jamaica...

He is already trying to get rid of reusable fuels (Solar, Wind, etc...) and replace them with coal. He is cutting down the EPA too and will make it so that the Earth is choked by pollution! Not only that he is extremely racist & xenophobic. Even his business ventures were largely unsuccessful with the bank declaring Trump bankrupt 6 times! I truly believe that he will be one of the worst presidents in the U.S. for years to come.

You know what I hate about Donald trump haters it is that they take everything so seriously like the wall has to go through congress jeez - Carri796

Donald Trump is not my president

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10 No Respect for Those Older Than Us

While it is true that many kids do not respect their elders, it is also equally true that not all elders deserve respect in that age does not necessarily dictate maturity.

I am a 16 year old girl. I live through drama and I disrespect my elders constantly, I disrespect people constantly. I actually have the guts to say it and I'm not making little remarks trying to defend myself. This is an issue because no matter how much the world may change our elders still know more than us. The baseline of issues will stay the same. They have known war, constant death, happiness, life, wealth, dept, etc. The faster we learn to respect our elders the better we will be. Look at many Asian countries that are prospering, in the culture it is common that the children still respect their elders. Everyone says that all of us should get the same respect or we should treat everyone the same. If we do that that we will never respect anyone. We are a disrespectful generation. The millennials and generation Z are the most disrespectful generations ever. We are entitled crybabies who want respect but wont give it in return. We are hypocritical. In the future we will be ...more

I opened a door for a old person, he did not say thank you.

People who are more senior than us don't deserve any more respect that what we should give to anyone else. We should have a level of respect for everyone we meet (perhaps more senior family members) unless they give us a reason to lose that respect for them. Just because someone is more senior does not make them more "wise" than those younger than us. Millenials today have become disillusioned with the idea that those older understand the world better. They see the decisions that have been made and the consequences as a result of those actions.

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The Contenders

11 Anti-Patriotism

If you are living in America and have no respect for the people that have died to ensure that you even have the freedom in the first place to go on sites like this and say rude and disrespectful things, then please, I beg you, LEAVE! Why would you stay here with your toxic attitude? Some of us actually care about our country and know people who have died trying to make sure you have the freedom to be the little parasite to American society that you are. It is an absolute shame when people refuse to stand up and say the pledge! It's even worse when parents don't think it matters.

Maybe the reason people do not care anymore is because Donald Trump won president. As a teenager who is personally ASHAMED of our country, I no longer recite the pledge when asked. And I am not the parasite, I believe our so called "president" is the real parasite. Also, as I am learning about american history, it is a shame to see that all the hard work put into creating our country, is now being put to waste. Also, have you ever thought about the fact that the parents do care, but they are also just as ashamed in our country as their kids are? Well, since you wrote what you said, then I guess not. - aob

We live in such a free, wonderful and diverse country in the world. This is the secret to why the USA is such a Great nation but it is also why the is such division today, and until every citizen and or visitor can put aside our differences and all reach for the same goals, backing each other and loving our Country and Flag first, then this country will implode from within. Take Pride in Our Country and stand together side by side as one nation. One People, One Nation. I want to be the first member of the No Race, Race! You are me and I am you. We are all the same. If you don't love your country then ask yourself why that is. And What You could do to change that. God bless America and all its citizens.

Indeed so. Standing up to pledge to our nation I look around and no fellow classmates join in but for a moment maybe.. They immediately sit when asked for a moment of silence to the flags.. They when asked have no idea the actual whole song/pledge... Other people from other countries are allowed not to pledge? Bull if they worked so hard to come in to this country the least they could do is pledge loyalty to it America offers so much in freedoms yet it's stomped on and abused

Actually now that I think about it, this is the biggest issue. We can love our country, and those that outright hate it can just move out or something. But instead we get people complaining about the bad things about America non-stop (oh look this list). Those who don't care, well, they're fine as long as their attitudes are not openly hostile. But the amount of people, especially concerning the removal of statues which are part of America's HISTORY shows just how much anti-patriotism is actually going to lead to the downfall of this nation. These people are trying to erase history and that will ruin future generations. - NuMetalManiak

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12 Rape

They sexually abuse our children

I was sexually abused as a child, and I know a lot of people in my hometown who were victims as well. What is saddening about this issue is that no justice is brought to most victims.

I'm not American but this a world wide problem everywhere! It's just wrong

I feel that its not just children, its adult women too. And sometimes (even though its rare) men can be the victim too. Its very sad how some poeple are picked up from the streets and they used for money.

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13 Racism

Racism is not good. It should come to an end. God wanted different nationalities for a reason. He wanted all of us to get along and love each other, not hate because of what happened in the past. Let's not bring back the past. Just because your white doesn't mean you are better than people who are black. Everyone is the same. We just have to learn how to love each other for who we are not what we look like. I'm only 12 and I hope when I grow up Racism isn't a problem anymore. You shouldn't treat anyone differently. The golden rule for socializing for me is "Treat people how you want to be treated". I really want to grow up in a non racist community. I live in Hawaii and there is already a problem with homeless. I don't want to see a bunch of racist people in the world. When I grow up I want to go somewhere where racism isn't a problem. Thank that is all.

Yeah I hate Racism in the USA, so what if your Black and I'm white we're both humans but with different skin color? So what? I really don't see why the 1 race should think they are better than the other race. I never get white supremacy it's stupid and retarded. The Racists that really nark me are The Americans who are racist then claim to be Christian. If they were true then they would see GOD just wants us to all live as 1. Jesus told us to love each other not Hate, Criticize or Judge each other he condemned all those things. The answer is to Love each other always we are all Brothers and sister's in God's eyes and we should ALL live in peace & Unity regardless of Skin color or ethnicity.

Racism needs to end because they are just people with a different skin color than you! That does not change anything at all! It just proves how nasty some Americans really are!

The country has a deep rooted problem of systematic racism which is embedded in its domestic and foreign policy. The government is engaged in racial war against different races all over the world. Domestically the surveillance and suspicion of non-whites is exceeding the levels of fascist Germany.

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14 Destroying The Environment

Protecting the drinking water

We have more indulgent people than we have the resources to support our way of life.

Cutting down all these trees to build houses and other things is doing nothing but lowering air and oxygen pollution!

Its bad for everyone

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15 Gay Rights

It's not the homosexuals themselves, it's the people who want it banned. Most of them say that it ruins families. But ironically, most of them are divorced. Also, this is a "free" country. Unfortunately, not only do they want gay marriage banned, but also immigration, Halloween, etc. Hell, even some people want atheism banned as well. Donald Trump will only make it worse. If only I had enough to move to Europe...

Gays have had a way of life as it was when the Pharoes walked the earth. I highly doubt they were gay cavemen seeing that the only way to survive is to procreation which is etched in stone man and woman go figure but who's to complain anything against the grain would be Dean wrong or in the Bible States abomination while people have. different interest they seem to miss use the term love as in its physical assets when Jesus meant spiritually. Here it is 2017 and we have the tools to do the research and yet no one has came to me about a gay God male or female so who's following the way of life? I rarely speak on issues like that of homosexuality as far as what any Bible says and any book it's wrong so how can you live a life under the Creator and continue to do the wrong things that happens everyday so do you think because people send today makes it okay because he died on the cross or does that mean it's representation this is the ability this is what it takes to do the right thing to ...more

I think it is crazy that this is something that has to be talked about. It's crazy that some people are forced to not be themselves due to other peoples judgement. The USA, along with every other country, should allow gay people to have the same rights as any other person. There should be no differences in how a gay or straight person is treated. Ten percent of the population is gay, so just because the majority of people are straight does not mean you can team up on somebody that is different. We should learn to embrace the differences inside the human race instead of out when anything is different.

Don't give them any

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16 Violence

Violence is the reason that people are afraid to walk amongnst the streets that they call home. Being uncomfortable isn't a way to live when you want to just live life they way YOU want to.

Why can't this world be a happy place? - JaysTop10List

That's the single stupidest thing I've heard in a long time. I'm a HUGE Call of Duty player but I don't have ANY urge to HARM someone, much less kill them

Violence is better than hating on United Airlines! - MichaelAftonUTTP

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17 School Bullies

School bullies need to leave people alone because someone I love is being bullied at school and I don't think it is right. I have been dealing with this since kindergarten and it still has not went away and they think they do this to make kids tougher but it dose not work I can not tell you how many hurtful things have been said to me. I have survived through a lot of thing. I have endured more that kids my age should have to deal with. For the record I am thirteen. I lost my father at the of five years old, my grandfather at the age of four, my best friend at the age of 13. I lost my cousin a few month ago. I go to school everyday and it is always the same people the same stupid comments and you want to know what I don't care any more it is different when some one says that to me but when it happens to someone I love then that is different. It makes me so mad to know that none of those people have the courage to do that to someone who wouldn't take it. I would like some of those ...more

Kids become to terrified to come to school and I think there should be an end put to it

People have bullied for years and I say its ENOUGH

I hate bullies they just try to tear you down - hopeladymon12

The only people who deserve to be bullied are the United Airlines haters! - MichaelAftonUTTP

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18 Bad Music

Lame. Not a real problem.

How is this a problem? This is an opinion not something that is damaging the country.

The problem is Not music itself. I believe the problem people see with "music" is how it can influence our thought process which in turn can change the views on how you see yourself and others which creates a mindset that is not of your own. This will effect your actions. But only if you let it.

Eminem-Sing for the Moment "They say music can alter moods and talk to you. Can it load up a gun and cock it too? Well is it can and the next time You assault a dude, just tell the judge it was My fault and I'll get sued. See what these kids do is Hear about us toten pistols so they want to get one 'cause they think the it's cool. Not knowing we really just protecting ourselves, WE ENTERTAINERS, of course this it's affecting our sales. But MUSIC IS JUST REFLECTION OF SELF, we Just explain it, then we get our checks in the mail"

I can see where you are coming from though. some parents have a problem with so called "BAD MUSIC". they don't want their kids to think that drugs are okay and having sex with someone else every night is okay, but it's not. I can see where it comes from but you shouldn't be so rude about it cause if it was up to you, you would probably say the same thing if you were a parent and wanted your kid to be the image that you want. AMERICA NEEDS TO STOP BEING SO NEGATIVE ALL THE TIME. GET OVER YOURSELVES. This is why children think its okay to bully because they see adults doing it to so they think I can do it too. GROW UP.

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19 Obesity

Kids are just not worried about their health anymore, snacks and junk foods are being pushed a lot more

Kids are getting fat

If only there were positive examples in the media and even from their parents showing them that it's a good thing to eat fruits and vegetables. There has to be something done to encourage more farmers in America to give up growing corn, corn, and more corn. The farmers are only growing what's needed to make High Fructose Corn Syrup (and other things that will go straight into the junk food that's currently being mass produced and consumed in America) because they will recieve subsidies, they need to start growing actual fruits and vegetables so the supply is higher and the prices will go down, making healthier food more affordable to lower-income families and really every family in America.

My friend is fat and he is obesity

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20 Taxes

Not a problem. If you like milk, not paying $7/gallon for gas, and having a military to protect us, then you want taxes. The government also pays your social security and disability when you stop working... think about that.

This is why we as Americans need to realize how much better Trump will benefit us more than Hillary. Although these may not be the best two people for an election; but Trump will lower taxes to 15% and Hillary will raise it. Also, Trump has a more moral standard that the Hills.

No more taxes who cares about them

The taxes are very unevenly distributed. the middle class gets a lot of taxes that we cannot afford.

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