Top 10 Reasons Why the United States Isn't the Greatest Country

The Top Ten
1 They had the segregation of blacks

Had? America is still one of the most racist countries in the world. The more they talk about how they are accepting of everyone, no matter their race, religion, sexual orientation, etc., the worse the problem becomes. There are so many examples of racism in America every day. I am not saying every single American is racist, obviously that is not the case, but just look at how many African-Americans get killed by the police. Point made.

This is an issue of a temporal political and morality issue, not intelligence. The sad fact is most of the world at that time was not amenable to blacks. Additionally, in Africa, there is anti-black racism. One notable example is Botswana and Zimbabwe. Africans in current South Africa, or Africa's current black-on-black slavery, also reflect this issue.

2 Some Americans are racist

Americans are racist, but in the southern states, not the northern. The rednecks in the south are way worse than in the north. I knew a kid from the south, and he bullied me. By the way, I'm British and I live in the UK.

Racism is global. Thank God you are not a Dalit caste in India - where you are considered "untouchable" and not possessing a soul. The USA has some lukewarm racism.

Racism is everywhere, but people think America is racism-free. America is still full of racist people!

3 Women didn't even get to vote until the 1920s
4 Some Americans are close-minded

Though the rest of the world agrees the Earth is Helio-centric, revolving around the Sun, Americans firmly believe the universe revolves around the USA. Less than 12% of US citizens have a passport and have traveled externally from the Land of the Morbidly Obese.

Of course, minorities of other countries are close-minded, and the majority in many countries, but it's the "in" thing to be mean to America.

A small minority of Americans are close-minded? Sorry, but that statement is incorrect. A majority of Americans are close-minded.

5 The Japanese-American internment camps

Years of supreme shame ensued when the US decided the Bill of Rights did not apply to some, and interned some of their finest and most upstanding citizens. One of the US Army's most highly decorated troops was comprised mainly of Americans of Japanese descent: the 442nd Regiment. This unit was singularly the most decorated in US warfare. The 4,000 men who initially made up the unit in April 1943 had to be replaced nearly 2.5 times. In total, 14,000 men served, earning 9,486 Purple Hearts and 8 Presidential Unit Citations, and 21 Medals of Honor were awarded.

That one I agree with, but honestly, some countries did much, much worse. America kind of had a right to freak out, but they kind of freaked out too much.

6 Americans are dumb

I would mostly agree, but Americans are the people who vote for Clinton because she is a woman and Trump because he speaks his mind. Also, the voter turnout isn't very high. And about that Einstein and Edison thing, I'm of the opinion Edison was a fraud. I've learned about him trying to steal or taking credit for the works of others. I'm not sure what he did and didn't do, and Einstein was German.

Not to mention, they only have a life expectancy of 78 years, while Canada's life expectancy is 81 years and Japan's 83 years, pretty sure. Other than that, America has the lowest life expectancy if you compare Canada, the USA, and Japan.

7 Only a few Americans recognize the Armenian Genocide

I know this is a stupid reason, but come on! How can so many people not know of a genocide other than the Holocaust (and maybe the Rwandan Genocide)?

No. This takes months of lessons.

8 Americans are stereotyped the most

If Americans are the ones being stereotyped often, this indicates that the problem is with the people who are doing the stereotyping, not a problem with the Americans.

A typical American person from a European's perspective: fat, redneck people who eat BBQ, watch NASCAR all day, and shoot things with guns.

They are stereotyped to be fat. Also, it is kind of true. About 70% of Americans are obese and 30% are average and healthy and 1% are underweight.

I'm Canadian.

9 There is an obesity problem

People should never get so lazy with their own body to the point where they start getting obese. The fact that so many Americans are obese is a big problem.

Blame it on McDonald's. It makes us fat, but we love it so much.

10 America is most likely to get into war with another country

I don't agree that America should keep sticking its nose into other countries' affairs, but I do have to justify its involvement in WW2. Many historians legitimately argue that if America hadn't joined the Allies in the fight against one of the most evil forces in history, then the Nazis would have won. Britain was, for much of the early war, the only country openly at war with Nazi Germany, and Britain was fast running out of money. America's involvement (in this one instance) was very justified to bring an end to such an awful tyranny.

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11 The Americans think everyone must do everything the exact same way as them.

It gets annoying being corrected because you spell 'color' as 'colour', or even for pronouncing words. There are many videos on YouTube where Americans tell people that 'kilometre' is pronounced 'kill-oh-mee-ter' instead of 'kil-o-meh-ter'. If you pronounce the word the 'incorrect' way, they assume you've never been to school.

I pronounce 'kilometre' as 'kilo-meh-ter', and most people I've heard say it also pronounce it that way, including math and science teachers who have taught me.

The majority of us folks who don't live in America have to keep reminding those individuals that:

1. There's no correct spelling for 'colour'.
2. There's more than one way to pronounce 'kilometre' correctly.

It gets annoying, but at least it proves how flawed the American school system is.

12 Americans are some of the rudest, most obnoxious people anywhere

Spoiled obnoxious brats. I am a Canadian who lives in Alberta, and I was with my family and grandparents in British Columbia. I thought, what was the difference between Canadians? Are there differences in manners too? This is what I asked. My brother was like, the American version of our grandparents would be rude. And that is a fact.

In a country with 315 million, there are bound to be lots of pretty much every kind of person, but having traveled to a lot of different countries, I have found that you almost always receive what you give out.

13 America has the world's highest incarceration rate
14 To believe in God is thought of as scandalous

You know, America is one of the least religious countries. In some countries, the concept of atheism doesn't even exist.

15 There is an absurd amount of income inequality and nobody cares

Income inequality doesn't matter. What does matter is poverty. You shouldn't be concerned if someone is richer than you. You should be concerned if you are poor.

16 Americans still practice Capital punishment
17 Poor health care system

What happens if you can't afford health care? What about those who were born into poverty and don't have the right resources to take care of themselves and/or their family? It should be free, but for select people.

18 Americans are greedy

Even though I'm American, they're greedy.

19 Rampant gun violence and high murder rate

Literally, you don't live in a war-torn country, so why do you need an AR-15 to "protect yourself"?

20 Americans practiced slavery

Americans have enslaved Native Americans, which led to African Americans. Do I have to go on?

21 The border problem with Mexico

There is no border. Half the population of my town are Mexicans, and we have a crappy Mexican restaurant. And my school now needs a Spanish-speaking teacher. Millions of illegal immigrants get into the country. It is all part of Obama's plan to ruin America. I will move out of this country as soon as possible before it becomes the United States of Mexico. We are already in debt and we can't handle this. Most of them get money from the state. We are not the best. Deal with it. The immigrants can invade this country.

22 People hate Justin Bieber and want to send him back to Canada

Yet, they have Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Rebecca Black. Do I honestly need to name more?

23 Terrible education system
24 People who don't succeed in life are considered lazy and un-American.
25 Bad politicians encouraging disunity and hatred of the other to garner more passionate support
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