There are numerous reasons that the United States gets put on blast. From its love of violence (war, guns, capital punishment) to its lack merciful public policy (retributive justice, health care only if you can pay), there is no shortage of things that we could go into. While those are legitimate problems, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t positives. In fact, today we are going to devote an entire list to explaining what America does right.

These days, it seems like not even Americans can decide on what exactly is wrong with the nation. So, in the interest of bringing all sides together, we are reverting to what is possibly the oldest tactic in the book. We are focusing on the positives. Maybe if we can all look at why we love the United States (yes, even you Europe), then maybe we can lose a bit of this hatred and contempt in our hearts for the “other side.” So, join us today as we dive headfirst into one of the most unlikely articles you are going to read in a long time. These are 10 Things The United States Does Remarkably Well.


10. Yosemite
Two words…unrivaled beauty. You could spend days in this park and not see all the miraculous wonders.
9. Self-deprecation
Although the US has a reputation for believing in its exceptionalism, America is also very polarized and diverse in its ideologies. Ironically enough, it is also one of the most self-deprecating nations.
8. It's possible to be rich in America and work your way from the bottom to the top.
While it requires hard work, determination, a bit of craftiness, and being in the right place at the right time, it’s not unheard of in the US for someone to start at the very bottom of the socioeconomic ladder and move to the top. This is true even for immigrants.
The main downside is that it’s hard to recognize you’re rich when you get there. It’s easy to take on more financial responsibilities the more money you make, which makes you feel like you’re just as poor as when you started.
7. NASA
Throughout it’s history, NASA has paved the way for many scientific discoveries in the world in the areas of space exploration and aeronautics. There are many things that the world now knows about space based on the research and exploration that that happens at NASA.


6. Water fountains
Never take these for granted because only in America are they so abundant. People from other places in the world might be surprised to find that there is at least one water fountain in most buildings, public places, and parks.
5. Constant world champions of the NBA, NFL, and MLB
Except when a Canadian team wins. And yes, this is a joke.
4. Respect for red lights, crosswalks, etc
When the crosswalk light says “don’t cross,” people either stop and wait, or they at least hesitate and look around carefully before making a run for it. Drivers also do a relatively good job of stopping when the light is red. Both crossing during a “no walk” sign (called jaywalking) and driving through a red light can result in a hefty fine.
Northern Europe and Canada are the only places that have the US beat on this. Scandinavians will stand and wait for the “green man” even if there is not a single car in sight.
3. Even the Canadians think that Americans are super friendly.
Perhaps this is due to the undying optimism mentioned in number 12. Americans also have a reputation for smiling at strangers on the street and being an extremely extroverted society, which is quite strange to people from other places in the world.


2. You don't get thrown in jail for disagreeing with anything on this list.
While free speech may have it’s restrictions, having an opinion contrary to popular belief will not put you in jail. Just be sure to express your opinion in a respectful manner that doesn’t encroach on the rights of others.
1. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
In most other developed nations, the current government is the result of a former monarchy or dictatorship that was restricted. This means that the government has final say. In the US, the government was created from nothing with the intention of having limited powers, primarily related to national defense. In fact, the constitution says that any power not specifically given to the federal government is in the hands of the states. This means that the states and not the federal government have the final say.

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