America #1? 36 Facts That Prove That The United States Is An ‘Exceptional’ Nation

Submitted by Michael Snyder via The End of The American Dream blog,

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Is the United States an “exceptional” nation?  Well, the facts show that we are, but not for the reasons that you may think.  Now that it is election season, we have all sorts of politicians running around proclaiming that America is the greatest nation on the entire planet.  And just this week, Warren Buffett stated that “America’s great now — it’s never been greater“.  But is it actually true?  Is the United States still a great nation?

I would submit that the numbers suggest otherwise.  I love America, and in my opinion there is not much hope for us until we are willing to admit to ourselves just how far we have fallen.  The following are 36 facts that prove that the United States is an “exceptional” nation…

#1 According to a brand new report that was just released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United States has the fattest population in the entire industrialized world by a wide margin.

#2 That same report from the OECD also found that we are number one in child obesity.  In fact, at 38 percent our rate of childhood obesity is even higher than our overall rate of obesity.

#3 According to USA Today, the obesity rate in the United States has more than doubled over the past 25 years.

#4 The Washington Post has reported that Americans spend an average of 293 minutes a day watching television, which is the most in the world by a wide margin.   And as I have discussed previously, more than 90 percent of the “programming” that we absorb is created by just 6 enormously powerful media corporations.

#5 One study found that the average American spends more than 10 hours a day using some sort of electronic device.

#6 By the time an American child reaches the age of 18, that child will have seen approximately 40,000 murders on television.

#7 The average young American will spend 10,000 hours playing video games before the age of 21.

#8 Out of 22 countries studied by the Educational Testing Service, Americans were dead last in tech proficiency, dead last in numeracy and only two countries performed worse than us when it came to literacy proficiency.

#9 In more than half of all U.S. states, the highest paid public employee in the state is a football coach.

#10 The percentage of wealth owned by middle class adults is lower in North America than it is anywhere else in the world.

#11 Almost half of all Americans (47 percent) do not put a single penny out of their paychecks into savings.

#12 It turns out that Americans are very good at locking people away in prison.  At 716 per 100,000 members of the population, the United States has the highest incarceration rate on the entire planet by a very wide margin.

#13 Approximately one-fourth of the entire global prison population is in the United States.

#14 In 2014, police in the United States killed 1,100 people.  During that same year, police in Canada killed 14 people, police in China killed 12 people and police in Germany didn’t kill anyone at all.

#15 One recently published study found that one out of every six young Americans has stolen something during the past year.

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

#17 According to Fox News, approximately 70 percent of married men in the United States admit to having cheated on their wives.

#18 Americans spend far more on health care than anyone else in the world, and yet we only rank 26th in life expectancy and our entire health care system has been transformed into a giant money making scam.

#19 According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and an astounding 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.

#20 According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 31 percent of all food in the United States gets wasted.  In case you were wondering, that amounts to approximately 133 billion pounds of food a year.

#21 In 2013, women earned 60 percent of all bachelor’s degrees that were awarded that year in the United States.

#22 A survey conducted by the Barna Group discovered that 77 percent of Christian men in America in the 18 to 30-year-old age bracket view pornography at least monthly.

#23 There are more than 4 million adult websites on the Internet, and they get more traffic than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined.

#24 70 percent of Americans do not “feel engaged or inspired at their jobs”.

#25 When LBJ’s “War on Poverty” began, less than 10 percent of all U.S. children were growing up in single parent households.  Today, that number has skyrocketed to 33 percent.

#26 In 1950, less than 5 percent of all babies in America were born to unmarried parents.  Today, that number is over 40 percent.

#27 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 20 million new cases of sexually-transmitted disease in the United States each year.

#28 Today, the United States has the highest STD infection rate in the entire industrialized world.

#29 According to a survey that was just released within the last 30 days, only 29 percent of Americans want to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood even after all of the shocking undercover videos that were released this year.

#30 America has the highest rate of illegal drug use on the entire planet.

#31 Doctors in the United States write more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants each year.

#32 One survey of 50-year-old men in the U.S. found that only 12 percent of them said that they were “very happy”.

#33 Every single year, the United States has the largest trade deficit in the entire world by a very wide margin.  But most Americans still don’t seem concerned that thousands of businesses and millions of good jobs have been leaving our country.

#34 As you read this article, there are 102.6 million working age Americans that do not have a job.

#35 We are supposed to have a government “of the people, by the people, for the people”, but only 25 percent of all Americans know how long U.S. Senators are elected for (6 years), and only 20 percent of all Americans know how many U.S. senators there are in total.

#36 On average, we have been stealing more than 100 million dollars from future generations of Americans every single hour of every single day since Barack Obama entered the White House.

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  • Brockland A.T.

    # 9 – High paid football coaches; sounds like intellectualist sour grapes.

    # 22 – Christian men view porn; um… ummm… Hmmmm. Without information on the genre preferred by Christian men, this is a rather useless anecdote… although… HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    #23 – Four million porn sites… again, no breakdown on genre and traffic numbers.

    #29 – ‘Only’ 29% of Americans want to shut down Planned Parenthood over the undercover hoax videos.

    Wait… this probably the only indicator of intelligent self-interest in the list. 71% of Americans didn’t buy into the Planned Parenthood hoax videos scams. Planned Parenthood’s primary programs prevent unwanted pregnancies via contraception. It probably helps that many men and women use Planned Parenthood contraception services and know the reality on the ground.

    # 30 – America has the highest rate of illegal drug use… mostly because they won’t fully legalize and decriminalize marijuana. The prison industrial complex is just to profitable and only affects poor whites and browns (roughly to up to upper middle class).

    • jadan

      Prisons are built with stones of law, brothels with bricks of religion. Wm Blake

      • Brockland A.T.

        William Blake unfortunately made the mistake of believing good an evil existed in a necessary state of balance.

        The context:

        Prisons are built with stones of Law, Brothels with bricks of Religion.
        The pride of the peacock is the glory of God.
        The lust of the goat is the bounty of God.
        The wrath of the lion is the wisdom of God.
        The nakedness of woman is the work of God.
        Excess of sorrow laughs. Excess of joy weeps.
        The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy

        sea, and the destructive sword, are portions of eternity too great for

        the eye of man. (72).

        Blakes’ ‘Mariage of Heaven and Hell’ was written in response to Emanuel Swedenborg’s ‘Heaven and Hell’, which espoused the supremacy of Heaven over Hell, or good over evil, and emphasized that evil was stronger.

        Evil is not more powerful; but it is a parasitical influence. Good can exist without evil, but evil cannot exist without good save perhaps in a state of dormancy. To argue evil is needed to balance good, is to argue for a need for evil, when no such need exists.

        For example, if ‘evil’ was merely the flip side of a coin whose other side was ‘good’, the entire coin would in fact be evil, since being evil is bad; fronting and enabling it under the guise of good, is far worse.

        In more modern terms, psychopathy is not needed to embellish or contrast genuine, empathic social behavior. However, psychopaths and sociopaths wear prosocial behavior like a mask to fool their victims into believing they are genuinely social and ‘safe’ to be around.

        • jadan

          Seems to me Blake married heaven & hell to dissolve the traditional understanding of an eternal struggle between opposites of good & evil. Good produces evil and evil produces good. Blake sees the process, the energy, that animates the world. When he says:”Sooner murder an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires.” he is saying that living is desiring and that not acting on desire is a kind of self-destruction. Energy/desire is not good or evil. The capacity to act, to express what one is, may have good or evil consequences, but this does not define the nature of reality.

          • Brockland A.T.

            Doesn’t really change the fact he was wrong and maybe trying to desensitize or distance himself from a confused moral reality. For example, many people would take a bullet for a baby to protect it in most contexts, an act of self-destruction if seen from a narrow perspective.

            As sophont beings, we have moral and material agency that is part of the nature of reality.

            We may not fully perceive reality, any more than we can gaze unaided upon the backs of our head, but we participate in reality nonetheless.