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    Opportunity!
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    What made America great was a perfect cocktail of the following:

    Rule of law
    Representative government (well designed and clearly defined through our Constitution)
    Individual property rights (as well as the others clearly stated in our Bill of Rights)
    Capitalist economy
    Protestant work ethic
    A large land mass with abundant natural resources
    Ethos of individual liberty

    This combination of factors created an environment perfectly suited to great economic advancement and great innovation in a multitude of areas. The power of the human mind was unleashed in art, music, science, sports, medicine, education, technology, weapons, etc. No other nation comes anywhere near the U.S. in terms of advancement of civilization or improving the lives of humans around the world.

    It is worthwhile to take a moment to reflect on all the things the U.S. has given the world and how the lives of people around the globe have been improved because the U.S. exists. It's a shame that so many Americans are seemingly unaware that we are truly the greatest nation in the history of the world, the reasons for that fact, and what we have contributed. The "blame America first" crowd just baffles me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt McKenzie View Post
    What made America great was a perfect cocktail of the following:

    Rule of law
    Representative government (well designed and clearly defined through our Constitution)
    Individual property rights (as well as the others clearly stated in our Bill of Rights)
    Capitalist economy
    Protestant work ethic
    A large land mass with abundant natural resources
    Ethos of individual liberty

    This combination of factors created an environment perfectly suited to great economic advancement and great innovation in a multitude of areas. The power of the human mind was unleashed in art, music, science, sports, medicine, education, technology, weapons, etc. No other nation comes anywhere near the U.S. in terms of advancement of civilization or improving the lives of humans around the world.

    It is worthwhile to take a moment to reflect on all the things the U.S. has given the world and how the lives of people around the globe have been improved because the U.S. exists. It's a shame that so many Americans are seemingly unaware that we are truly the greatest nation in the history of the world, the reasons for that fact, and what we have contributed. The "blame America first" crowd just baffles me.
    To you personally Matt, what makes America great? Is it our Justice system? Healthcare? Jobs? Land? Education? Our generosity? The city that you live in? The People?

    Stan mentioned "opportunity". I think that word engulfs a lot of things listed above. The "opportunity to be judged by your peers. The "opportunity" to have great healthcare. The "opportunity" to go get the job you want. The "opportunity" to live where ever you so choose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reginald View Post
    To you personally Matt, what makes America great? Is it our Justice system? Healthcare? Jobs? Land? Education? Our generosity? The city that you live in? The People?

    Stan mentioned "opportunity". I think that word engulfs a lot of things listed above. The "opportunity to be judged by your peers. The "opportunity" to have great healthcare. The "opportunity" to go get the job you want. The "opportunity" to live where ever you so choose.
    I don't understand why you seem to be dissatisfied with Matt's answer. His answer actually encapsulates the factors which truly made America great and traditionally attracted immigrants very well. He mentions the effect (which was large) a relatively unpopulated land mass with great natural resources had early on . He covers the curtural factors brought by early settlers (also very important). He hits the very important factor our constitution (which was influenced by the aforementioned cultural factors) has played. I thought his answer was thorough yet pretty concise.

    You didn't specify that you wanted a one word answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swampcollielover View Post
    Franco actually did not mention the US Constitution! I am sure it is to constraining for him...
    There are several nations with similar constitutions(expect for Gun Rights). What separates us from the rest is our Bill Of Rights.
    “The President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” U S Constitution
    This entire impeachment process is just going to be all about knocking down the most offensively stupid arguments from Trump supporters.









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    Quote Originally Posted by Franco View Post
    There are several nations with similar constitutions(expect for Gun Rights). What separates us from the rest is our Bill Of Rights.
    Spell check can sure trip you up.

    You're correct, the bill of rights, esp the first and second amendments, are a big part of what makes us different.
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    Man, we got a Dollar General store at Mud Creek last month! America is a great place!
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    Patriotism, the Instiitution of Marriage, the Family Unit, Religion and a variety of other social conventions. It doesn’t have to be unique to the United States. North Korea probably uses patriotism to eak out a little GNP. Japan had camikazes.

    If it is not rules of law or resources, it would fall under social conventions or propaganda. I like to think outside the box., The rest is boring, ha, ha.

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