10 Reasons America Isn't the Greatest Country Anymore

10 Reasons America Isn't the Greatest Country Anymore

Don't kid yourselves.

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1. Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns than the people in other countries, and yet gun control is still not being sufficiently regulated despite the US gun-related murders rating 25 times higher than all of the high-income countries.

2. America is number 16 in the world's corruption list. 1 being the least corrupt and 100 being the most corrupt. We're beaten by Belgium, Austria, Denmark, and 13 other countries. The fact is that America is corrupted and needs to get things together.

3. America is home to the highest number of overweight and obese people. Americans eat 815 billion calories of food each day - that's roughly 200 billion more than needed - enough to feed 80 million people. Health wise, we're a mess. Also, Americans throw out 200,000 tons of edible food daily. We're not only greedy, but wasteful.

4. America is the top 10 most racist country in the world. Must be the reason why Donald Trump is still in the running for president of the United States.

5. Fact: 34% of billionaires are Americans. Fact: the US poverty level is the highest in the developed world. That gap in social classes is sick. If billionaires would maybe use their money to help people instead of using it for bribery, yachts, and 2.4 million dollar bottles of wine, maybe that gap wouldn't be as noticeable.

6. The US scored 16th in literacy proficiency, 21st in numeracy proficiency, and 14th in problem solving in technology-rich environments in a survey that tested 23 developed countries. That's dangerously low in education. America is not properly educating their children.

7. America makes up 37 percent of the 1.6 trillion dollars spent globally on military expenditures. The US military budget is the largest in the world. It's roughly the size of of the next 7 largest military budgets around the world combined. That's money that could've gone to finding a cure for cancer. Instead of violence, spread love. We certainly can see where American priorities lie.

8. US college students face tuition rates that far outrun inflation rates and more than $1.2 trillion in student debt. Students in Germany, Finland, France, Sweden, Norway, Slovenia, Brazil, Luxembourg, and Iceland, however, are receiving a quality education that's free. Just goes to show why Americans don't meet average intelligence. It's because they can't afford an education.

9. Americans constitute 5% of the world's population but consume 24% of the world's energy. America uses up twice as much energy as Japan, six times more than Mexico, and 13 times more than China. We don't need that much energy. That rate of consumption is wasteful and hurtful to the environment.

10. Even after all of these proven facts, we still think that we're the greatest country in the world.

Sources:

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-u-s-gun-deaths-com...
http://www.bustle.com/articles/138245-heres-exactl...
http://www.everydayhealth.com/news/are-we-fat-thin...
http://listovative.com/top-12-most-racist-countrie...
http://www.povertyprogram.com/usa.php
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/10/08/us-...
https://www.nationalpriorities.org/campaigns/us-mi...
https://mic.com/articles/106866/the-average-cost-o...
http://public.wsu.edu/~mreed/380American Consump...

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12 Things Young Republicans Are Tired Of Hearing

A dozen myths about conservatism and what the real deal is.

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As a college student, I know a lot of people my age consider themselves very liberal. It's a rare occasion when you meet another conservative on campus. Being a young Republican, there are several negative assumptions that come along with that.

Here is a list of 12 things we're all tired of hearing.

1. "You're only a Republican because your parents are."

Yes, my parents are both Republican and that's where my morals and beliefs were first taught, but I am my own person. I have done my own research and decided that my views side with the Republican Party. There are several things that even my parents and I disagree on. I wouldn't choose to be a Democrat just so I could be different.


2. "I bet you support Trump."

While many Republicans my age are supporting Trump, that doesn't mean we all are. We're entitled to our personal opinions and assuming we're all the same is incorrect. Just because you are a Republican doesn't mean you automatically support Trump.

3. "You're racist, sexist, etc."

This couldn't be farther from the truth. There are so many Republicans that come from unique racial and cultural backgrounds, both genders included. Take Marco Rubio, Condoleezza Rice, Ben Carson, and Bobby Jindal. These are just a few of the many, many examples.


4. "You're uneducated about the issues."

Just because someone has a different opinion than you doesn't mean they're wrong or uninformed.


5. "You're only a Republican because you're rich."

I am by no means rich. Did my parents have enough money to support their family? Yes, and I'm very blessed for that. However, they didn't pay for everything. As for college, I worked my butt off to get scholarships and opportunities to succeed. I was taught at a very young age that money requires work and things aren't just handed to you. That's exactly the reason why I strongly support capitalism.


6. "Why don't you want free college?"

NOTHING IS FREE. Would free college be awesome? Absolutely! However, I do not believe it's fair to tax working people to pay for it. If you want something, work for it.


7. "The GOP is a bunch of old, white men."

This is so untrue. I mean take a look at all the well-known conservatives in America. Lauren Conrad, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Carly Fiorina, Condoleezza Rice, Megyn Kelly, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and so many more. Point proven.


8. "You're close-minded."

This is the most common and most annoying. Conservative does not equal close-minded. I love hearing about different ideas and opinions.


9. "You hate immigrants."

I personally feel like our immigration system is broken and needs to be changed so it's more accessible to become an American citizen. However, I don't believe those here illegally should receive taxpayer benefits. I'm all for immigration as long as it's done legally.


10. "You don't support women's rights."

Usually, this is brought up when talking about abortion. What about the rights of the unborn child? It's not just about one person's rights at that point.


11. "You should just #FeelTheBern."

#NO. I do not support socialism.


12. "You only hear the Fox News version."

Fox News is my favorite choice of news programs, but I also enjoy hearing the different views on CNN, NBC, Huffington Post, etc.


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21 Tweets About Anti-Vax Children That Will Make Parents Get Their Kids Vaccinated ASAP

Vaccinate your kids. Period.

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I have compiled 21 tweets about anti-vaccination parents and their children that did not only make me laugh, but made me further enforce my belief that parents need to vaccinate their kids.

These tweets are pretty dark, to be honest, but once you think about the situation at hand, sometimes it is best to approach it in a funny way so you can get your point across.

You have been warned.

These tweets may be funny, but the situation is not funny. Do your research and help people around you not get sick by vaccinating your kids.

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