The Newsroom – What Makes America The Greatest Country In The World

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The Newsroom – What Makes America The Greatest Country In The World

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[The Newsroom – What Makes America The Greatest Country In The World]

[Jenny] Source: LYBIO.net
Hi, my name is Jenny, I’m a sophomore and this for all three of you. Can you say in one sentence or less – what – (laughing in background) you know what I mean: “Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?”

[Emily Kathleen A. Mortimer (1 December 1971) – As Sharon]
Diversity and opportunity.

[Debate Moderator] Source: LYBIO.net
Louis

[Louis]
Ah freedom and freedom, let’s keep it that way.

[Debate Moderator] Source: LYBIO.net
Will?

[Jeffrey Warren “Jeff” Daniels (February 19, 1955) As Will] Source: LYBIO.net
The New York Jets.

[audience laughs]

[Debate Moderator]
No, I’m gonna hold you to an answer on that. What makes America the greatest country in the world?

[Jeff Daniels] Source: LYBIO.net
Well, Louis and Sharon said it. Diversity and opportunity and freedom and freedom.

(audience member holds notebook)
IT’S NOT. BUT IT CAN BE.

[Debate Moderator]
I’m not letting you go back to the airport without answering the question.

[Will] Source: LYBIO.net
Well, our Constitution is a masterpiece. James Madison was a genius. The Declaration of Independence is for me the single greatest piece of American writing.

[Will]
You don’t look satisfied.

[Debate Moderator]
One’s a set of laws and the other is a declaration of war. I want a human moment from you.

IT’S NOT

[Debate Moderator]
What about the people? Why is it

[Will]
It’s NOT the greatest country in the world, Professor. That’s my answer.

[Debate Moderator]
You’re saying

[Will]
Yes.

[Debate Moderator]
Let’s talk about

[Will (Speaking to Sharon]
Fine. Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah, it accounts for a penny out of our paycheck, but he gets to hit you with it anytime he wants. It doesn’t cost money. It costs votes. It costs airtime. And column inches. You know why people don’t like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so fuckin’ smart then how come they lose so goddamn always?

[Sharon]
Hey

[Will (to Lewis]
And with a straight face, you’re gonna sit there and tell students that America is so star-spangled awesome that we’re the only ones in the world who have freedom? Canada has freedom. Japan has freedom. The U.K. France. Italy. Germany. Spain. Australia. BELGIUM has freedom. (laughs) Two hundred and seven sovereign states in the world, like, a hundred and eighty of them have freedom.

[Debate Moderator]
All right

[Will]
And you, Sorority Girl, just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there’s some things you should know. One of them is there’s absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re seventh in literacy. Twenty-seventh in math. Twenty-second in science. Forty-ninth in life expectancy. A hundred and seventy-eighth in infant mortality. Third in median household income. Number four in labor force and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: Number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next twenty-six countries combined, twenty-five of whom are allies.

Now none of this is the fault of a twenty-year-old college student, but you nonetheless are without a doubt a member of the worst, period, generation, period, ever, period. So when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I dunno what the fuck you’re talkin’ about. Yosemite?

(Audience surprised.)

[Will]
Sure used to be. We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons. We passed laws, struck down laws, for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty, not poor people. We sacrificed. We cared about our neighbors. We put our money where our mouths were. And we never beat our chest.

We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases, and we cultivated the world’s greatest artists and the world’s greatest economy. [pause] We reached for the stars. Acted like men.

We aspired to intelligence. We didn’t belittle it—it didn’t make us feel inferior.

We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election, and we didn’t, oh, we didn’t scare so easy. Ha. We were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed. By great men. Men who were revered. First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore. [pause] Enough?

[Sharon]
What the fuck was that?

[Lewis]
Are you out of your mind? That was a kid!

[Will]
I’m sorry! I’m taking medicine for vertigo and I think it works because I’ve got it.

[Lewis]
You’re in trouble, man. You can’t talk to me like that.

[Sharon]
You need a doctor?

[Lewis]
Jesus Chris

[Will] Source: LYBIO.net
Listen! What did I say out there?

The Newsroom – What Makes America The Greatest Country In The World. We lead the world in only three categories: Number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next twenty-six countries combined, twenty-five of whom are allies. Complete Full Transcript, Dialogue, Remarks, Saying, Quotes, Words And Text.

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Julio Quezada @ 5:57 am #

The efficiency, efficacy, check and balances of public servants, voting, every day living, opportunity, respect for human dignity and the justice system. If you’ve lived in any third world country or any other place in the world, then you would know. The United States of America is the greatest. Don’t ever doub it, if not get the hell out of here and go someplace else!

heru @ 5:49 pm #

And it should remain great as long as, from time to time, informed and powerful people say that it isn’t.

I live, born and bred, in a developing world, and I can only envy the degree of self criticism routinely being exercised in America. Sure you have duds once or twice, but you always self correct eventually.

Keith @ 7:45 am #

Julio,

You are comparing apples to oranges. I think the idea is what makes America greater than Germany or the UK or even Canada?
I agree with heru…the real thing that sets us apart is the ability to question. Once you just sit back and allow the state to rule uncontrolled, that is when the US will degrade down to a third world dictatorship.

Armand KOUGNANVO @ 10:32 pm #

I like the points Will made! For sure America’s been a tremedous,loyal country… She cares about the world problems… And I think the real problem is that She points itself so first…that she gets to forget its own weak spots…

Michael @ 4:29 pm #

It is not my intent to belittle or upset any one.And yes I believe this country is great.But the reality is if we don’t act to better not only the current system of government as well as ourselves we will be lost.Its not a matter of faith in god or the system.If those in power are corrupt then the system for all its good is also corrupt.Recognize the truth there is a problem.But we can fix it.

Aaron @ 6:37 am #

Our country is a dictatorship and we’ve let it become that. We are supposed to be a Republic but our government sees us as a democracy. The problems started when we started seeing ourselves above everyone else. This country is about equality so why are we putting ourselves over everyone else? We need to reevaluate why we are here in the first place. What made us independent is that we fought for freedom but now look, we are back where we started with high taxes and a ruler who considers himself higher than us. Everyone of course falls but what defines the outcome is how you fix the problems and talking about it isn’t fixing anything. We are all on the same side.

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