Why does America have to be number 1?

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    Why do most/many have to feel that the USA is number 1 in the world in spite of facts and statistics which many refuse to accept.

    Are we so arrogant as a nation that we cannot accept being number 2 or 3?

    I just do not understand the mindset driving this attitude I suppose.
     
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    I understand it perfectly. It's all to do with self-preservation and ensuring prosperity. It may seem like a very arrogant mind-set, but it's also an incredibly useful mind-set.

    If you have a country that has been convinced from a young age through the media, Hollywood and generally being bombarded with positive propaganda that they're the top of the world's food-chain, you are a country that's, in the majority, one hundred percent loyal. And if something, be it another country or an influential organisation, threatens the homeland or its interests, you have a population that will stop at nothing and fight tooth and nail to neutralise whatever's threatening their dominance.

    America has been very clever in this respect and implemented a proceedure that I hand-on-heart believe the UK should adopt. It's incredibly innocent and routine to its target, but it instills seemingly unshakeable loyalty.

    It's called the Pledge of Allegiance and it's repeated across America every morning, five days a week.

    It reminds the next generation of Americans that, apart from their family, they're are loyal only to the United States of America and that as citizens, they have a debt to and a duty to defend their homeland. It's actually one of the most potent tools/weapons America has at its disposal to ensure what I mentioned at the beginning of this post - future prosperity and self-preservation.
     
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    Because number 2 stinks.
     
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    Why not?
     
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    We have to be number 1 because we are exceptional
     
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    what does being no. 1 or 3 or 8 mean exactly, in real terms?
     
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    It's a burden we're willing to bear
     
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    Being a higher number (in this case 8, emphasised by the G8), especially double figures, in terms of your economic and military standing within the international community, means you're more susceptible to foreign policy i.e - interference, or more realistically, manipulation.
     
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    Which facts and statistics do people refuse to accept?
     
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    that knife cuts both ways.


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