What's So Great about America?

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    Such an uplifting article. We all need to be reminded.

    What's So Great About America?
    By Dinesh D'Souza, American Enterprise
    July 4, 2006

    The newcomer who sees America for the first time typically experiences emotions that alternate between wonder and delight. Here is a country where everything works: The roads are paper-smooth, the highway signs are clear and accurate, the public toilets function properly, when you pick up the telephone you get a dial tone. You can even buy things from the store and then take them back if you change your mind. For the Third World visitor, the American supermarket is a marvel to behold: endless aisles of every imaginable product, 50 different types of cereal, multiple flavors of ice cream, countless unappreciated inventions like quilted toilet paper, fabric softener, roll-on deodorant, disposable diapers.

    The immigrant cannot help noticing that America is a country where the poor live comparatively well. This fact was dramatized in the 1980s, when CBS television broadcast an anti-Reagan documentary, “People Like Us,” which was intended to show the miseries of the poor during an American recession. The Soviet Union also broadcast the documentary, with the intention of embarrassing the Reagan administration. But it had the opposite effect. Ordinary people across the Soviet Union saw that the poorest Americans had television sets and cars. They arrived at the same conclusion that I witnessed in a friend of mine from Bombay who has been trying unsuccessfully to move to the United States for nearly a decade. I asked him, “Why are you so eager to come to America?” He replied, “Because I really want to live in a country where the poor people are fat.”

    The point is that the United States is a country where the ordinary guy has a good life. This is what distinguishes America from so many other countries. Everywhere in the world, the rich person lives well. Indeed, a good case can be made that if you are rich, you live better in countries other than America, because you enjoy the pleasures of aristocracy. In India, where I grew up, the wealthy have innumerable servants and toadies groveling before them and attending to their every need.

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    Happy 4th, anyways!
     
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    It's whites who make the roads paper smooth and the toilet paper quilted. Now that we have decided to import the entire Third World, our roads too will disintegrate. They already are. You may hear a dial tone when you pick up the phone, but you never get someone on the other end who speaks a word of English. What's the difference between that and Guatemala?

    On the Fourth, I celebrate the spirit of independence and rebellion of the patriots, and raise a glass to resurrecting that spirit. They saw that their present system wasn't working, so they declared independence, fought for it, and got it. May we have the same strength.
     

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