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I tend to complain about this country a lot - after all, freedom to complain is my right, and one of the things that make the U.S. great. And I'm exposed, through Livejournal, to comments and opinions from people all over the world, and many of them also criticise the U.S. for recent actions/inactions, and I will sometimes hop on that wagon (because I can, it's my right).

However.

I've been thinking I would like to make a list of what's right about this country.

1) The first thing that usually comes to mind is shopping freedom of speech. I love that saying of, um, whoever said it (I see it's attributed to Voltaire, not unequivocally), "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it". Of course, there are other countries in which one can exercise freedom of speech, but I think that America really celebrates that and puts it to the test as well.

What would you add to the list?

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On September 4th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC), jpettibone commented:
I think I would say good old-fashioned American ingenuity. Look at the crazy-ass shit we've invented in our time over here! From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Edison all the way on up to Steve Jobs and Al Gore inventing the internet (lol). Not all of it has been positive (imagine a world without the nuclear bomb. Hell, imagine a world without TV!) but it's just astounding to see what people will come up with.

And I think that this is going to save our ass again, as long as we stay on it. Wind power, solar power, hydro-electric, somebody's figuring out a way to harness the power of the TIDES.
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