Mallory Ackerson, Blog Entry #1

America. When one thinks of America the first thing that might pop into their head is the phrase, “the land of opportunity.” America is a place where all people are given equal rights and freedom. We are a country that gives its citizens the right to vote and the right to free speech, but are we really the “greatest country?” Sure other countries give their citizen’s freedom and other rights, but is that what it’s all about? 

As Will McAvoy said in the premier of Newsroom, “We lead the world in only three categories. Number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real and defense spending…” This harsh reality exposes America’s “ugly side.” It seems today that people, especially those in the media, are more concerned with the politics in America. Don’t get me wrong politics are an important part of America, but it seems the media is making it more about who voted in which direction for which things. This “drama” they are creating is taking away from the things that actually matter. McAvoy also pointed out that, “We’re 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force and number four in exports.” These aren’t great stats at all. If people knew these stats, would they change their response to the question, is America the greatest country?

Today people need to realize that they need to stop being so stubborn. People either are super involved and aware of what is going on or they have no idea what is happening and don’t really care. This is the main issue Americans have; the majority of them just don’t care enough.  All they care about is McDonalds changing its dollar menu even spending the time to write an article entitled, The end of McDonald’s Dollar Menu as we know it. In this article they basically complain about the prices stating, “Most of the other items cost a dollar and change, including the McDouble and McChicken, which each go for $1.69, and the four-piece McNugget, which costs $1.59…” (http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/24/news/companies/mcdonalds-dollar-menu/). Seriously? This really is the issue Americans have, the willingness to find issues in the smallest of issues while completely ignoring the things that actually matter. If Americans would take initiative to change some of those stats, America could easily get back to being the greatest county in the world. 

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