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Number One? 20 Not So Good Categories That The United States Leads The World In

Is the United States "number one"?  Many Americans take deep pride in their nation and the truth is that the U.S. has a lot going for it.  The United States has the largest economy in the world.  The United States also has the most powerful military on the entire planet.  The United States has produced most of the greatest movies that the world has ever seen.  But the United States is also number one in a lot of categories that are not go great.  If we ever want to turn this country around, we need to be very honest with ourselves.  We need to take a long, hard look in the mirror and realize that it is not a good thing that we are number one in divorce, drug addiction, debt, obesity, car thefts, murders and total crimes.  We have become a slothful, greedy, decadent nation that is exhibiting signs of advanced decay.  Until we understand just how bad our problems really are, we won't be able to come up with the solutions that we need.

A lot of people that write articles like this have a deep hatred for America.  But that is not the case with me.  I love the United States.  I love the American people.  America is like an aging, bloated rock star that has become addicted to a dozen different drugs.  America is a shadow of its former self and it desperately needs to wake up before it plunges into oblivion.

If you do not believe that America is in bad shape, just read the list below.  The following are 20 not so good categories that the United States leads the world in....

#1 The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world and the largest total prison population on the entire globe.

#2 According to NationMaster.com, the United States has the highest percentage of obese people in the world.

#3 The United States has the highest divorce rate on the globe by a wide margin.

#4 The United States is tied with the U.K. for the most hours of television watched per person each week.

#5 The United States has the highest rate of illegal drug use on the entire planet.

#6 There are more car thefts in the United States each year than anywhere else in the world by far.

#7 There are more reported rapes in the United States each year than anywhere else in the world.

#8 There are more reported murders in the United States each year than anywhere else in the world.

#9 There are more total crimes in the United States each year than anywhere else in the world.

#10 The United States also has more police officers than anywhere else in the world.

#11 The United States spends much more on health care as a percentage of GDP than any other nation on the face of the earth.

#12 The United States has more people on pharmaceutical drugs than any other country on the planet.

#13 The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than in any other country in the world.

#14 Americans have more student loan debt than anyone else in the world.

#15 More pornography is created in the United States than anywhere else on the entire globe.  89 percent is made in the U.S.A. and only 11 percent is made in the rest of the world.

#16 The United States has the largest trade deficit in the world every single year.  Between December 2000 and December 2010, the United States ran a total trade deficit of 6.1 trillion dollars with the rest of the world, and the U.S. has had a negative trade balance every single year since 1976.

#17 The United States spends 7 times more on the military than any other nation on the planet does.  In fact, U.S. military spending is greater than the military spending of China, Russia, Japan, India, and the rest of NATO combined.

#18 The United States has far more foreign military bases than any other country does.

#19 The United States has the most complicated tax system in the entire world.

#20 The U.S. has accumulated the biggest national debt that the world has ever seen and it is rapidly getting worse.  Right now, U.S. government debt is expanding at a rate of $40,000 per second.

So are you convinced that we are in trouble yet?

The truth is that America has changed.  Most of us don't even say hello to our neighbors anymore.

In fact, we have become so self-involved that many of us don't even notice when someone around us dies.

Just consider the following two examples.

*USA Today recently reported on the body of a dead woman that was not found for approximately a year even though a whole bunch of people walked right past the car where she died....

Bank contractors, inspectors and even the new owner of a foreclosed home walked past the silver Chevy Nova in the garage numerous times before discovering the former homeowner — dead on the front seat.

*In an even more shocking case, the CBS affiliate in Boston recently reported that a dead woman was lying on the bottom of a public pool for two days while large numbers of people swam right over her.  How in the world could something like this possibly happen?....

It’s a mystery as murky as the water at Veteran’s Memorial swimming pool in Fall River public pool: how did swimmers, lifeguards, or inspectors not notice a woman’s body at the bottom of the pool for a few days?

Marie Joseph, 36, was last seen at the pool on Sunday. The pool was open to the public Monday and Tuesday with six lifeguards on duty, and no one noticed the body under 12 feet of water.

Most Americans have become so self-involved that they barely even notice anyone other than their family and close friends.

The love of most Americans is growing cold and when the collapse of the U.S. economy happens it is just going to make things worse.  Instead of working as a community, most Americans will only be concerned with making sure that their own needs are taken care of.

The United States was once the most blessed nation on the face of the earth, but now we are literally falling to pieces.

Does anyone have any ideas about why this could be happening?

 

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  • tim

    The interesting thing is that Francis Schaeffer predicted all of this back in the 1970s. He said that society would increasingly collapse until things became so disordered that Americans would eagerly give away their freedom in exchange for a strong man who promised to keep them safe. When i read that 30+ years ago i thought it was quite a reach. Now, Americans want the TSA goons to reach inside their underwear and take videos of their private parts if only they will pretend they can protect us from terrorists.

    I think the book was called something like “Whatever Happened to the Human Race,” or something like that… If anybody out there knows, i would love to read it again!

  • Steve

    #21 – the USA grows and consumes more GMO’s in their food than any other nation, despite long-term studies revealing transgenics to be responsible for major organ damage, low fetal weight and increases in several cancers.

    #22 – the USA has more vaccines given by age 1 than any other country yet has the most unhealthy children.

    • wymck

      … uh… because the other countries’ unhealthy children die off before they are 1 year old… we value children in this country and don’t pull the plug on them… c’mon, folks… logic, logic, logic!

      • Shawn Puff

        I don’t even know how you can make such an absurd conclusion.

    • Kip Hartwell

      #69 America is #1 in believing fake reports on GMO food. I hope you look into the blind eye of a starving child as you are sipping your GMO free whole foods organic pumpkin bisque. Because of you the Golden Rice that could have saved them was destroyed.

      • Tyler

        Cause all the other countries that banned those GMO’s are all stupid Kip, huh?

        • Kip Hartwell

          Are you following me? At least try to come up with some new material.

          So, other countries ban gay marriage. Is that good? Some ban being Christian. That has got to be good! Free speech is banned in many places, you are for that right? Oh! Guns! You know almost no other country than USA has as easy time getting guns, in many it is totally banned. You want that in USA now too right?

          Look, before you type in something in response, do a quick Google. If your point has already been debunked, you may want to pick another one.

          • Tyler

            Your logic is HORRIBLE. Show me all the studies that show how gay marriage is bad for society. Do the same for all the rest of your points. You are comparing cultural and civil laws to that of health based on scientific studies. The US is ranked as the fattest and one of the least healthy countries out of most 1st world nations in the entire world! We obviously do not have this health thing down. So when I say other countries ban GMO’s because they can read a study and test the results for themselves, there is a fact based argument. Give me a comparison that actually relates to the topic and learn some logic while you’re at it.

          • Kip Hartwell

            I forgot, conspiracy loons have their own Google. You put in the answers you want :)
            Every single thing you just said is wrong, and a quick Google can show why:
            The governments put in bans due to political and public pressure, not science. This is exactly opposite of what you claim and just why I made the comparison I did. Once they started reading the science and their science advisers showed them the facts, many of them started lifting the bans. So by your logic, that means GMOs are good now, right?

            Second, you make a fact claim about GMO harm. Prove it. Show a study in peer review that shows harm from a marketed product. You can’t, as the science is clear. Now, I can show news articles that show organic produce causing real harm. 100′s die in e.coli contamination among others.

            Real vs imaginary harm, you worry about imaginary. And you say my logic is faulty? Wow.

          • Tyler

            So America is the home of the free and land of the people but other countries in the world get more stuff done based on public opinion and pressure but not us? And do you want peer reviewed studies done by Monsanto’s money for your articles or studies done from people all over the world who probably don’t have big company money controlling what they do. I take the good studies with the bad, it seems like you only believe what you want to believe. Yes, many studies have been done to show GMO’s as being safe. But can we trust them all? How many of them were long term? We need more information before we shove food we’re not sure about down our throats and we all develop reactions decades down the line. They might line up with cancer rate increases over the past decades as well as allergies and child development problems that were unheard of in the past. These are not definitive facts yet but should be taken into account. Do you also realize it has been against the law or near impossible in the past for independent tests to be done on GMO’s in the US? What I don’t understand is if why GMO’s are so great then why all the backlash against labeling and doing more studies? There shouldn’t be unless the companies are actually hiding something. Only time will tell if this technology is the start of something great or America’s population control.

            And your point about organic produce. You do realize that is what humans have survived off of for millions of years right? And now you think it is more beneficial to sprinkle your salads with known carcinogens? Come on man look at the big picture. I hope you are in somewhat good health or you are just lying to yourself in the mirror. (I’m waiting for the, Well I’m actually a retired fitness model and competitor response) Classic.

          • Kip Hartwell

            I am a fat, bald middle aged guy eating a cookie. And every thing you just said is demonstrably wrong.

            But, in all your fake Monsanto bought the science fallacy arguments you say there are studies against GMO? Other than the 3 big fake and debunked ones, have there been any real studies that show harm?

            I do know of a few. There is one that shows an allergen developed in a potato strain. If was found in the Monsanto test looking for allergens. And so it was not sold. That is what testing is for. They do it and mean it.

            Arctic apples have been tested for years and will have over 10 years of testing done before people can buy them. There is nothing about them that arouses any fear that they could cause harm. Not one penny from Monsanto, all tests run by independent labs. Fully transparent program.

            I will eat them. Kip I am.

          • Tyler

            You will eat them and probably continue to be fat and bald Kip. You don’t have to be though.

            So you did say that GMO’s have been proven to have some negatives at least side effects and allergens for sure. Do you know that allergen rates of people and children have been going up? Possible correlation? If not then what?

            You also said that these apples are being tested for ten years. What about the corn and soy, were those tested for ten years? No they weren’t.

            It basically boils down to this and it’s a no brainer even a child could understand.

            If GMO’s are so good for people and the world then why not willingly label them? So there might be skeptics at first and eventually people will realize they are harmless, right? So what’s the big deal?

            They are obviously hiding something and there is a reason they are spending millions and millions on advertising to protect their secrets. Transparency? Come on, they won’t even admit what they are on labels.

            But don’t worry just eat it and be fat and happy. It’s easier that way anyways.

          • Shawn Puff

            Hahahaha we are far from the home of the free anymore. I think that’s the point of this article. We aren’t as great as we used to be and aside from defense spending we’re not number one in any major category anymore. But we are number one in these embarrassing categories.

          • Tyler

            Which is why I asked him that question to make the point. For the most part I agree with you and hope our country can be great in the future.

  • Anthony W.

    Wish i had false facts too.

  • Anthony W.

    #14 Americans have more student loan debt than anyone else in the world.

    this is a good thing it shows we have people going beyond high school

    • d4m4s74

      So do people in sweden, norway, germany, the netherlands and the rest of the civilized world, but in most of those countries the costs of education isn’t that incredibly high because (parts of) it is subsidized by the government.

  • Jason

    AMERICA IS REALLY #1: IN ALLOWING IMMIGRATION.

    Thanks for the great list. But you forgot the America’s greatest shame: the number of aliens it lets in per year: over 6 million, more than the rest of the world combined. This country is the toilet bowl of the world and lets in all more con-men, criminals, terrorists, barbarians and thugs from all over the third world.

    It was our own govt. that gave visas to the 9/11 hijackers. It was our government that has allowed millions of fanatics to pour in and set up terror networks. Greedy corporations import cheap foreigners on bogus work visas by lying on H1/Labor Cert. applications while Americans stand in the unemployment line. Even third world politicians have better morals–they do not let foreigners pour in like our most crooked politicians do. Thanks to this third world war aided and abetted by crooked politicians, the US is now the third most populous nation on earth, issuing 6 million visas per year and allowing 1 millions to enter illegally.

    As foreigners pour in, there is more congestion and urban sprawl, shortages of land, water and food, more pollution, more cultural clashes and more crime. Jobs are becoming scarce and wages are falling due to a larger labor pool while home and other prices keep rising due to many more consumers. Oil reserves are becoming depleted and gas and heating oil prices are going through the roof. America is becoming a third-world country, where people will have to stand in line for hours for water and many will urinate and defecate on the roads and in stairwells due to lack of toilet facilities. Starvation and hunger, diseases and depravation will run rampant. Immigrants are bringing plague, AIDS, West Nile, SARS/Swine Flu, dengue fever and TB which kill thousands every year. Violence and corruption are spreading like wild fire.

    Hospitals are overflowing with aliens who have not seen a doctor in ages but who come here with many diseases and demand, and get, free treatment at the taxpayer’s expense, thanks to crooked clauses in laws like EMTALA which force hospitals to provide free care to aliens. This is bankrupting some hospitals and even Medicare and Medicaid, while millions of Americans remain uninsured, and unable to afford basic healthcare. Foreigners are getting jobs under affirmative action and then stealing secrets for their foreign govts. Uncle S(c)am has become a brown-nose of the world, but a mother-beater at home.

    Our evil government and the corrupt media are in the pockets of the greedy corporations that want cheap drudge and are basically “trafficking in humans”. Foreign lobbyists financed sometimes by foreign drug cartels and crime gangs pay-off our govt. kickbacks disguised as campaign contributions to buy them off to pass laws for easy immigration, to allow more foreigers to pour in here so the foreign countries can get rid of their problems and dump them on us. Our politicians are so greedy, evil and corrupt they will sell their own mother, so they have no qualms about selling their own motherland. 3 Million people invade this country every year–more than the REST of the world combined. This massive immigration is turning our nation into a third world country like Mozambique.

    We can stop this cancer of immigration. It is time to join groups such as Numbers USA (http://www.numbersusa.com), or FAIR (http://www.fairus.org), the Minutemen, etc. and take a stand against the greatest evil ever heaped on our nation. It is also time to amend the constitution to allow national referenda, so the people can pass good laws themselves, since our corrupt evil government won’t. For eg.

    http://ni4d.us/index.htm
    http://www.iandrinstitute.org/National%20I&R.htm

    The most important law to pass is to ban immigration, and the easy visas that let the world’s garbage in. This country need not be a toilet bowl of the world anymore.

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  • carroll price

    According to Plato, a Democracy is one of the worst forms of government, and one that always leads to a dictatorship.

    • Graysontheking

      @carrol price, Plato is correct, that is why the founding fathers took pains to create a republic with a separation of powers, NOT a democracy. However we move more and more towards democratic government and have weakened the states powers over the people to the point where the federal government does almost anything it wants. This is simply wrong.

  • Ryan

    Actually, higher education is cheap in other countries. So, your comment may not be worth much.

  • Concrete man

    The United States of Israel!

  • http://www.theeconmiccollapseblog.com francesco

    what do you gyes think about mitt Romney do you think he will run for presninte

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  • Daniel

    Military power is great and if we need to buy more in order to conserve the American way of life then so be it. America may have it’s problem but who does not! America is the best and will stay that way. It represents 25% of the world’s income. Second in line is China (although it’s numbers could be faked) with only 8%, so yeah America rules. Who beat the Nazis, the communists, the Spanish, the Koreans and the Brithish. America fights for freedom and liberty all over the globe. I am proud to be an American an you should all be! Every one who critises America is just jealous! The only real problem that America has is that we care too much. America is not perfect but if Americans walk together we can beat any one and any thing. God bless America!

    • Neil Patel

      Not jealous. Telling the truth. And it has not right to simply go into any country and wage war for “justice.”
      You are arrogant-think about what you are saying.

  • Will

    Sad to see all the little lemmings defending their homeland here. America has changed, and is sadly no longer good or great.

  • Kelby

    Sacha Baron Cohen’s “The Dictator” said it best:

    “Ahh, Amerika – the birth place of AIDS!” x)

  • joe

    you need to look up a study from harvard ,,called, silent weapons for a quiet war,,,and also look up,agenda 21 ,,some places to start anyway,,,have a great day,,

  • Jason Ross

    To all the socialists who think that America is a crappy place that should try to make itself more like other socialist paradises, consider that a lot of this is misleading. A point by point commentary:

    1. This is disturbing, but the primary reason the prison population is so high is because we have so many damn laws (thanks, big government!) that we can’t even keep up with them and because we have a semi-functioning police force and judiciary that actually does their jobs (most of the time.) Also, we don’t just shoot or hang everybody who is suspected of a crime and our penal system is so remarkably lax on violent offenders that it is comical.

    2. This is mostly because we have been told for decades by supposedly knowledgeable government agencies like the FDA (thanks big government!) that whole milk, white bread, and read meat are acceptable in large quantities and because neither parents nor schools for the most part are teaching basic nutrition and holding themselves or their kids accountable for their own health. It’s also because of the enormous power of Big Farma and the push to indoctrinate people into thinking that high-fructose corn syrup, meat glue, and chicken pumped full of enough steroids to turn an 8-year old girl into the Incredible Hulk are healthy things to eat. Thanks big government!

    3. This is disturbing, and it has a lot to do with the fact that we concern ourselves far more with television and other forms of entertainment than with actually promoting healthy emotional development in children and young adults. It is also because of the ridiculous immaturity with which we deal with sex and because a lot of conservative religious communities pressure young adults to marry for all the wrong reasons.

    4. This is certainly not a good thing. Sure, we all watch too much TV. Living has become far too easy in this country and much of our society has lost touch with what it really means to work hard for something and to have ambition, drive, purpose, something worth putting your time and effort into rather than just watching TV or playing video games.

    5. This is entirely because we have oppressive, archaic drug laws the enforcement of which is doing a lot more harm than good in most cases. Thank you, big government!

    6. There are probably more car thefts because we probably have a lot more cars. Nicer ones, too. Plus, the police force is way too busy fighting the drug war to car about a stolen car. I had one stolen in Dallas and I had the fingerprints of the perp, a place where he took the car, and also a forged check that he used to steal money from me. The police did nothing.

    7. This is partly because the U.S. has the third largest population in the world. It is also partly because people are actually reporting them because we believe that rape is a crime in this country, unlike a lot of other countries (including the #1 and #2 most populous countries, India and China,) where women are barely even considered more than property in many cases. Still, it is a horrible statistic and I wish I knew what the easy answer was.

    8. Again, this is very disturbing, but it also has to do with how large our population is and very much to do with the horribly destructive war on drugs (thanks big government!)

    9. Again, population size, combined with the fact that in addition to the laws of each of the 50 states, the federal penal code is over 200,000 pages long. I can’t imagine how anyone is supposed to know what they are allowed to do or not to do– you would die of old age before you could read the thing, and it changes practically every day. Thanks big government!

    10.This statistic is in fact a positive thing because it reflects the fact that we care about enforcing the hundreds of thousands of laws that we have to enforce.

    11. Again, this statistic is misleading. We spend more on health care because we have better quality services available (staffed by highly skilled practitioners who have a right to charge a fair price for their labor) and we are relatively rich enough as a nation that we can afford to pay for expensive health care regimens instead of just dying. We have one of the longest average life spans in the world and I am willing to bet that the quality of life of the average senior in the U.S. is far higher than it is in almost any other country because they have had access to reasonably good or even excellent health care for most of their lives and have been able to pay for it. Of course there are exceptions, but there are exceptions to everything except death and taxes (thanks big government!)

    12. This is also misleading because again, it reflects the fact that we as a people are largely able to afford the drugs we need to fight disease and because they are available to us. Thant being said, I definitely think people are over-medicated in this country and that we need to start investing a lot more into preventative care rather than reactive care (i.e. Rx.)

    13. This is also misleading; it reflects the fact that women are free to choose the medicines they need (unless, god forbid, they don’t want to have a baby) and that they have the means to acquire them. It also suggests that women in this country are more educated about the value of mental healthcare and that society is fairly accepting of the treatment of mental illness as opposed to stigmatizing those who seek help or worse, punishing them.

    14. This is also misleading because it reflects the fact that we have a large populous of people who are seeking higher education and that we have systems in place that allow them to obtain financial assistance as they do so. However , I do think that debt in general is bad and that being able to work and support yourself through school without taking on debt is a much better practice. Then again, most public schools don’t really provide children with any real financial skills, so as young adults, it’s no surprise that they can’t figure out how to make it work without borrowing. Thanks big government!

    15. This is also misleading. Pornography in and of itself is not illegal for adults, nor can anyone prove that it is necessarily harmful or destructive in any general sense. The fact that we have so much of it reflects the fact that we have the freedom to produce it without the decency police coming around and throwing people in jail (in most cases,) although there are still a ton of laws concerning what one can and cannot do or say or reveal, such that we have to deal with ridiculous entities like the FCC and the hoop-la they create over silly little things like Janet Jackson’s nipple. Thanks big government! It also reflects the fact that we have a lot of sexual freedom in this country. However, I do still think that our attitudes about sex are extremely immature and that we are sexually repressed as a country, and that is a big driver behind why people turn to pornography. More sexually liberal societies are likely to turn to it less, or they might simply label it “art.”

    16. Who controls the trade deficit? You guessed it! Thanks big government!

    17. This is misleading as well. We do spend a ton on the military– a lot of which we could avoid spending if we were worrying more about protecting our own people and property rather than galavanting across the globe on poorly planned and politically motivated escapades (thanks big government!) However, having the most powerful military in the world is and will continue to be the best defense we have against the bad guys– yes, there are actually bad guys out there, not just Dick Cheney and his insatiable lust for oil and occasional need to shoot someone in the face. My brother is in Afghanistan and he gets to see every day just how wonderful the Taliban are and I am glad we spend every damn penny that we do on training, equipping, and supporting him and his comrades. They are braver men and women than I, that is for sure.

    18. We do have too many foreign military bases these days, and that makes us look like a imperialist power (thanks big government!) However, the reason we have most of them is because we have been the de facto world police for the past 100 years and have been solving problems that all the wonderfully idyllic nations of the rest of the world have not been able to solve on their own. The reason we don’t all speak German, or Russian, or Japanese, or Arabic (if they even bothered to try and teach it to you since killing infidels is really the first order of business) is mostly because of the U.S. military. They need bases from which to operate. We either stop policing the world or the blow the rest of it up. Otherwise, we need bases.

    19. This I completely agree with and it is utterly ruining this country (thanks big government!) The IRS should be abolished IMMEDIATELY and replaced with something no more complex than the average 18-year old and his/her extremely poor knowledge of complex money matters (thanks big government) can understand.

    20. This I also completely agree with and it is utterly ruing this country. Guess who is responsible? That’s right! I don’t contribute to the national debt, I PAY the national debt, and so do the other 49% or whatever of Americans who actually still pay taxes. It takes money to afford the enforcement of all those laws that we have, and to fund all those great entitlement programs that serve primarily to fund an enormous bureaucracy and only marginally to actually help people who need help and are beyond the means of helping themselves. THANKS, BIG GOVERNMENT!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/connie.schuster.7 Connie Schuster

    One statistic was left out: the U.S. has 5% of the world’s population, and 60% of the people on PSYCHIATRIC drugs.

    • cheese809

      that cant be proved because how many people are doing drugs that the government doesnt know about…. 75-90% of kids at my school that is supposely a “good school” does drugs…. 10-20% of those kids come to school high af

  • tom bradley

    liberals are taking over

    • http://www.facebook.com/TheREALEasterBunnuh David Lee Watkins

      any time someone points out americas flaws its “liberals taking over”. or “its the conservatives fault”

      no its your stupid 2 party system taking it up the butt from goldman sachs thats ruined this nation -.-” stop worshiping your left/right propaganda and TAKE YOUR COUNTRY BACK!!!

  • 101george

    i don’t comprehend why these Americans are such big discriminators! Why do you have so much of contempt or some other religions!! Why do you feel that your country is the most liberalized country in the entire world!!! I’ve heard a lot of Americans blaming other countries and their people for a lot of thing..taking away their jobs, a stuff like that..why don’t you stop thinking for a while that you are ultimate..stop hating people and work for your own good…not to let others down!

  • Shane

    Well has anyone considered why china is growing in economy, it isn’t like Americans who aren’t forced to work like slaves,”the jungle”, if you don’t know what I am talking about read that book, the chineas live like that and americans who make money outsource to china then americans buy from there, the us goverment is in trouble but not american company’s, there are now us space company’s, if the goverment collapses the company’s will just move and make a goverment dependent like china on those company’s so then they have to lower the currency ow westiners buy from that company making that country just enough to live.

  • Cait Dickson

    This is absolutely ridiculous and misleading. Some of these statistics are valid, for example the first one about incarceration. However, A LOT of them aren’t looking at PER CAPITA statistics. A direct comparison of countries without adjusting for differences in population is useless. For instance, in 2010 American reported 84767 rapes. Sweden reported
    5960. Sounds like Americans are a bunch of rapists, right? Well because Sweden only has 9 million people, that means there were around 63 rapes per 100,000 people in Sweden, and 27 in America.

    There are other things here that are potentially valid, However, because the author of this knowingly used misleading statistics that would bolster their argument, I can’t take any of it seriously. (And no one else should either, unless you’re willing to do the research to confirm it)

    Its obvious the author here is just preying on people’s stupidity to sell whatever ill-researched misleading alarmist garbage will appeal to the masses. I don’t know who I hate more, the people (newscasters, authors, anyone profiting on sensationalism) that propagate this kind of misinformation, or the people that are dumb enough to take it as fact without being able to evaluate the source.

  • wymck

    America is the greatest nation in the world by default (pun intended.) Every nation on Earth that is friendly to us is basically underwritten by us (with that enormous military the author decries so much) and of the top nations we have Japan, Germany, Russia, China, and several others who either tried to take over the world or nearly destroyed themselves with internal purges and wacko-nomics. England had colonies all the way around the world, so did Spain, so did France, so did Portugal, and their empires are dying embers. In the last 100 years, the USA converted nearly the entire Western hemisphere from dictatorships and socialism into free democracies. When we won wars, we refused the spoils — which is unheard of — and we send our military to 130 countries to help defend other nations — no one else comes close. Many of the numbers on the top 20 list are dummied up because our population (320 million) is so high — others appear only because of our affluence, for example car thefts because no other nation has more cars than people who are driving age. China flat-out lies about how many people they have incarcerated and most of the world’s jails and justice systems are atrocious compared to ours. This Obama madness of the past 5 years will be over someday, and all the people of the world had better pray to whatever gods they choose to believe in that America pulls back from the brink, because there is no other country that can be trusted with the position of superpower. What the Russians did to Eastern Europe, what the Chinese did to Tibet, what the Japanese did to Korea, what the Khmer Rouge did to Cambodia, these are only shadows of the great atrocities to be committed in a world that does not enjoy America’s magnificent and benevolent protection. Who could anyone possibly choose? The corrupt UN? It is to laugh.

  • sam44958

    Go do something about it.

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