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What Makes a Nation Great?

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. ~Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln assures the country that our history is indeed great and furthermore, we can be proud of our nation. However, according to protesters outside the Republican National Convention, America was never great. Recent protesters outside the RNC demonstrated their hatred of the USA by burning flags and chanting, America was never great! 

"Protesters tried to burn American flags outside the Republican National Convention Wednesday afternoon, injuring police officers and leading to as many as 16 arrests. Police quickly extinguished the fires, including at least one started by a woman whom officers grabbed from behind and kept on the ground. The woman purportedly was part of a larger group of protesters, whose members were taken into custody and put in police vans while chanting “America Was Never Great.”

So what makes a country great? Does great wealth and military power make a nation great? If it does, then America, with the largest military in the world is great. Or is generosity and the upholding of equal rights what makes a nation great? Because if this is true then America tops the list, being the most generous country in the world, as well as being the strongest supporter of human rights on this earth. But maybe none of these make a country great; maybe a country’s greatness depends on the success and freedom of their citizens. Dinesh D’Souza, an immigrant himself says, 

“America offers more opportunity and social mobility than any other country, including the countries of Europe. America is the only country that has created a population of “self-made tycoons.” Only in America could Pierre Omidyar, whose parents are Iranian and who grew up in Paris, have started a company like eBay. Only in America could Vinod Khosla, the son of an Indian army officer, become a leading venture capitalist, the shaper of the technology industry, and a billionaire to boot. Admittedly tycoons are not typical, but no country has created a better ladder than America for people to ascend from modest circumstances to success.”

If the greatness of a nation depends on the freedom and success of its people, well, America has definitely achieved greatness.