JOHNSON: 10 Reasons to Be Grateful for America

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Thursday, November 28, 2019


In today’s deeply split political world with politicians and media broadcasting its flaws, it can sometimes seem like America isn’t all that great. There are times, however, where we should take time to think about how lucky we are to live in America. There are so many reasons that this company is great. Here are just a few.

Free Speech

America is the only country that protects the freedom of speech within its constitution. As such, unlike most European countries, America doesn’t have hate speech laws, and so this freedom allows for personal liberty and an exchange of ideas unlike anywhere else in the world. Even hateful ideas are combatted through an open, free exchange of ideas.

Charity

America is by far the most charitable country in the world. Americans are more likely to give to charities rather than rely on a central government to redistribute wealth.

Safety

America has the strongest military in the world, spending more than the next seven countries combined. We have the most aircraft, the best technology, the best-trained soldiers, and the largest nuclear arsenal. We live in a geographically safe place and get along with our neighboring countries. Because of these deterrents, America hasn’t had a war fought on its soil since the Civil War.

Innovation

America has some of the most brilliant minds that have invented amazing things. Henry Ford invented the car and assembly line, Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn invented the internet, Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, and that’s just a start. Even now, Silicon Valley leads the world in technological advancements and inventions.

Stable Government

Although it might not always seem like it, America has a comparatively stable government. Military coups and evil dictators are unheard of in this country. We have had our share of bad leaders, yes, but our system of checks and balances prevents even our worst from becoming tyrants.

Freedom of information

Unlike some countries, Americans have the resources to learn about nearly anything they want. With an open internet, the government can’t tell us what we can and can’t search. We also have a free press where—biased or not—journalists investigate and report on the wrongdoing of even the most powerful people in our government.

Monuments

America isn’t the only country to have beautiful monuments, but the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell, Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument are world-class symbols representing the best of our country.

Geography

There are few countries that are as geographically diverse as America. In Arizona, you can walk through hot deserts with no water for miles. In Colorado, you can climb or bike towering mountains with snow on the top. Yellowstone and The Grand Canyon are locations that, despite their hype, never disappoint a single tourist, leaving any who visits in true awe.

The American Dream

As the phrase goes, “America is the land of opportunity.” Even the worst-off have opportunities to better themselves. Only in America can the majority of people in the bottom twenty percent of wealth earners regularly work their way up the income ladder.

Our History

Every country has great points in history, but America is unique. We started as a small group of thirteen colonies who went to war with Britain over taxes and won, beating the strongest military at the time. We fought in both WWI and helped our allies win. Later, we again fought in WWII and almost single-handedly beat two of the strongest military forces of the time. Our country has its share of sins, but our constitution has extended freedom to more and more individuals with each passing year.

Jeffery Johnson is currently a Senior in high school. He enjoys football, politics and most forms of media. He is working to become an opinion journalist.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Jeffery Johnson

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Jeffery Johnson is currently a Senior in high school. He enjoys football, politics and most forms of media. He is working to become an opinion journalist.

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