Over the last several years you have seen a lot of complaining concerning things in the US and how they’ve been.
The primary reason for those complaints involves the difference between what the country has been and could be and what it is.
However even with all that has been foolishly done by this Administration, from the enabling of Putin, to Obamacare, to Race Bating, the IRS scandal fast and furious, illegal immigration, Iraq & Syria etc etc etc by any objective comparative standard if you are waking up in the United States on November 27th 2014 you have more to be thankful for than practically every single human being who ever lived.
Consider the following:
The two basic needs of life are food and water. The United States has one of the largest fresh water system in the world and one of the most sophisticated water reclamation system in the world. Furthermore a person can buy a Gallon of bottled water in a supermarket for $1. Fresh water is not a problem
As for food in the United States we are blessed as a nation with the most abundant food supply in the history of, well history. Even those who go hungry here, relatively speaking have access to foodstuff in abundance compared to those in some nations today and compared to those hungry in history it’s practically a cornucopia. Additionally the wealth & abundance is enough in the United States that we can subsidize those who need it to make sure they have food.
Consider an individual on EBT gets basically $6-$7 a day. For $7 at Market basket you can buy a Gallon of 1% milk $2.49 and a box of any Market Basket Cereal. That leaves enough left for a $2 loaf of bread & a qtr pound of inexpensive deli meat Alternatively one can buy a cold cooked chicken $4.99 & a two liter bottle of soda .89-.99 cents and a cheap loaf of bread for a buck. If you are feeding two one can stretch that EBT dollar even farther and don’t have to settle for the bottom shelf. One can buy a full-sized Chicken or Pork Pie at Romano’s Market from Joyce’s Pies and Bakery $10.49 (Feeds 4 easy) and a name brand of Juice $3. If you are collecting EBT for a family of four and not spending the money on bomb making materials you may not eat fancy but you’ll never go hungry.
And if you are a working person earning the minimum wage $7.25 an hour you can get a LIttle Caesars’ Pizza with Pepperoni ($5) for less than an hour’s work. Or you can feast on an all you can eat buffet at a local chinese restaurant for the price of 1 1/2 hours labor.
If you told my Grandfather when he came off the boat from Sicily that for 90 minutes work you could go somewhere and someone would serve you all the food you can eat (including meat) he would have assumed you were a con man.
And mind you this is the state of affairs for the POOREST in the land, a land that has one of the largest populations in the world. We could almost certainly feed with our current resources another 100 million & not bat an eyelash.
The next problem for a country is the fear of war, We remain not only the most powerful nation in the history of history, we still have two oceans separating us from the greatest threats by land (even in a nuclear exchange the other side still has to successfully navigate oceans to ge troops here. We have not dealt with an invasion of our mainland in 200 years save for a few shells fired from a Japanese sub. Even the Terror attacks of 9/11 for all the trouble they caused brought down two building in one city in one state and damaged one building in another.
Bottom line. If a foreign power wanted to conquer us they would likely be annihilated.
Personally Security: While the gang problem & the crime problems particularly int he inner cities is not insignificant for the vast majority of the country a person is generally safe in their house and safe in their neighborhoods. Additionally thanks to the 2nd Amendment and state laws most individuals have the ability to defend their home from an intruder and when that fails there is no shortage of well trained police & firefighters drawn from the communities they serve who are for the most part faithful to their oaths to serve and protect.
For most of history and most of the world that kind of security has been unknown
Health: Even with Obamacare our health care system in incredible. While in emergency rooms waits are long by law hospitals by law are required to treat the injured. When an ambulance is called people are treated and the first question out of people’s lips are not if they can pay.
As for disease in general you can’t compare the life expectancy of a modern American to our forefathers at our founding and even less to those who came before.
Furthermore here in our current era diseases that would have been a death sentence mere generations ago are annoyances. There are people alive today who survived the pandemics of 1918 & 1919. The diseases most likely to kill Americans are diseases brought on by plenty.
Finally freedom, even with the restrictions that we have been debating we are generally free to say what we think on a national and international level without penalty or fear. Moreover we have the right and ability to influence and the decisions of our government. We can worship as we wish, or not worship at all, we can openly disagree without fear for a lives.
And even at our worst, we are protected. Consider the Ferguson riots and those in other cities. There were protesters who were daring the police to fire on them because they knew they would not. If this had happened in China or Russia how many of those who marched let alone those who burned would be alive today? Remember Tiananmen square was only 25 years ago.
And I haven’t even mentioned literacy and education and the modern conveniences from Television to the Internet, to cell phones and smart phones, online gaming etc etc etc. We have access to the finest in entertainment by the finest of actors at the touch of a button.
I could go on for hours but it’s not necessary by every comparative measure we in America are some of the most fortunate human beings who have ever walked this planet and unless you are unsatisfied with anything short of a utopian fantasy odds are you have a lot to be thankful for that you don’t even realize.
So take the time to give thanks today for all our good fortune, because all the little things that annoy us will still be there tomorrow to complain about & argue over if we wish.