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Don’t let the naysayers fool you: This is the best period in recent U.S. history

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prasad1

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This is for general information about USA. A lot has been written in the press, and even in this forum about USA. Some of it factual and others are fantasies.
Here is an honest opinion of an American, I share his views.

This is not a comparison between USA and India.

Gerald S. Rose, a retired U.S. Army colonel and foreign service officer, lives in Falls Church.


A significant segment of Americans sees this nation in decline, if not free fall. Never has the United States been in such bad shape, they say, and it is getting worse.

Nothing could be further from the truth. I would ask today’s naysayers to identify a period in our recent history when the nation was in better shape — economically, socially or in any other way than now.
It certainly could not be any time between 1925 and 1950, a period of economic depression, war and its aftermath. I am 88 years old. I was born near the end of the 1920s and grew up in the Great Depression, when one-third of Americans were out of work. There were bread lines; those who could worked for the U.S. government in the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Works Progress Administration or other such programs. It could not be the 1950s or ’60s, with the Korean War, the Vietnam conflict, riots and unrest. Would they select the 1970s to 1990s and the mortal dangers of the Cold War? Perhaps they would select the dawn of the new century to 2008, as we slid into the worst recession since the Great Depression.
I know they would not choose 2008 to the present day. But in 2008, at the close of the George W. Bush administration, the financial crisis sent unemployment marching upward toward double digits and the nation lost 2.6 million jobs . The Dow Jones industrial average in 2009 fell below 8,000; people’s retirement accounts and other investments lost up to half their value.
After almost eight years of President Obama’s leadership, the Dow is over 18,000. Those investments have recouped their losses and made significant gains. Job growth is averaging more than 170,000 a month , and the jobless rate is 5 percent.
Are things perfect? No. And they never will be.
The nation has not solved all its race-relations problems. But I remember the days of Jim Crow, when I was part of a group of four young lieutenants on a helicopter training flight in Texas, all wearing the uniform of the U.S. Army, who couldn’t buy a cup of coffee because one member of our group was black. We have come a long way since then, but still have a ways to go. Neither we nor any other nation has solved the problem of race relations.

The world is going through a revolution similar to the Industrial Revolution. Some are being left behind as a result of the change. Robots have replaced some manufacturing workers, and information technology has replaced the guy with the eye shade and the pocket protector.

I have lived in other countries. I have traveled the world and still do. The United States still has the best economy in the world. It is the best militarily and the best in innovation and development. We don’t have to reopen outdated manufacturing plants to stay No. 1, but we must remain first in innovation and development.
Of my 88 years, this is the best of times, not the worst of times. To argue otherwise is to deny history and reality.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opin..._term=.1727d31c57e0&wpisrc=nl_opinions&wpmm=1
 
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There wont be any consensus for the OP and so here is one contrary view

Why America is NOT the greatest country in the world, anymore.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMqcLUqYqrs
Mkishnaji,
This is not against you(the person), but the post is against the youtube post you posted.

Yes if you are a member of TRUMPBRIGADE, and you live in his alternative reality you have to negate the conventional reality.
For the disenfranchised slave owners who lost their white privilege, this is not the greatest times.

[video=youtube_share;-kelndiDgHg]https://youtu.be/-kelndiDgHg[/video]

For some of the white suprematist it is not the greatest time, because of 8 years presidency of a BLACK person. For them even worse time is on the horizon because now A women is going to be the president. Of course their worst fear will be when a Black woman becomes the president.
 
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The OP and this thread is not saying that America is UTOPIA. NO by no means.
I have posted before that there is so much that needs to be improved in USA. A quote from the OP says it all.
Are things perfect? No. And they never will be.

It is not good, If you are a poor Black in rural Alabama, without a job, you might as well be living in Namibia.
But for an average educated American of all color, living in a suburban town, it is the great time.
What’s so great about America?
Anyone can come here and completely reinvent themselves. This is still the land of opportunity: there are few restrictions and almost unlimited possibilities.Through discipline and hard work, an individual can prosper and enjoy freedom unknown to 99.9% of humans who’ve ever lived.
The individual is free to pursue any dream or ambition, and all this is because we have economic freedom supported by a governing structure that exists according to the consent of the governed. The government works for us – if we are diligent enough to hold it accountable.America is great because we are a nation of dreamers, inventors, artists, builders and doers. We exalt in achievement, rebound from failure and encourage one another every step of the way, from the little league, to the majors, in every walk of life.
To be an American is to become an American: a person has to make a conscious effort to consider and believe in our principles, the most successful applied principles ever seen anywhere at any time.
America is great in large part because we have always encouraged one another to live out a simple creed: “Love your neighbor.”

Things work without hitch 99% of the time.
 
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First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday reduced Donald Trump’s strategy to winning the presidential election to a single ploy: voter suppression.
Campaigning alongside Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for the first time, Obama put the onus on voters to turn out to elect Clinton.


“If Hillary doesn’t win this election, that will be on us,” she said during the joint rally in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “It will be because we did not stand with her. It will be because we did not vote for her. And that is exactly what her opponent is hoping will happen.”
“That’s the strategy,” she continued, “to make this election so dirty and ugly that we don’t want any part of it.”
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/michelle-obama-clinton-trump-voter-turnout-230406
 

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Ultimately the proof is in the pudding. How many Indians want to emigrate to the USA vs how many Americans want to emigrate to India? Economics always wins.
 
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