“I’m so glad I’m livin’ in the USA. Where hamburgers sizzle on an open grill all night and day; the jukebox jumpin’ with records in the USA. Anything ya want, they got it right here in the USA”. So sang 50’s black rocker Chuck Berry before he was sent to prison for taking a 14 year-old white girl across state lines for “lewd and immoral purposes”. What could be better than living in the USA? Well, seven other countries like: Switzerland, Canada, Germany, the U.K., Japan, Sweden and Australia in that order according to a US News and World Report article; the US is number eight.
Switzerland number One? Hmm, that neutral country that used to make our watches. Canada? Are they even a foreign country? They really don’t count cause they’re right next door to us; no wall yet. Germany and Japan? Didn’t we kick their asses (Germany twice) in some war a long time go? The U.K. I can understand, I’m still a big Beatles and Rolling Stones fan. Sweden? I’m of Norwegian descent and Swedes are our mortal enemies. [Norway did win the most medals in the Winter Olympics, by the way; maybe some of them could immigrate to America and be on our ski team]. Hard to believe America is number eight, even behind Australia of all places [fake news if I ever heard it]. Sure hope we’re above ‘shit-hole’ status.
Here’s a little secret that only you and I will know. ‘Best’ doesn’t mean Greatest. Best is good, and in some cases pretty good, but ‘Greatest” is better than best. All those other countries just copied America. They’re all democracies (our invention), some have socialism (which is okay as long as I don’t have to pay for it), and …they all have Mc Donalds!!
So there you have it. You always imitate the Greatest, not necessarily the ‘best’. I may not have a great big house, or a German car – yet. But I’m getting there. Through no effort on my own, America is getting greater and greater on a daily basis. Just ask Chuck Berry.