There is a good portion of the population that acknowledge the wrongs of the past. This country was built on an idea. It hasn't been executed perfectly, but we are still working to achieve it. So I'm proud to be an American. We've come a long way from where we were 400 years ago. Hell we've come a long from from 60-70 years ago.
In some areas absolutely. I would definitely say we have grown and are better than most countries when it comes to acceptance of others differences (race, disability, sexual preference)...as long as those differences don't disrupt the status quo, make us reflect on how those previous systems of oppression have allowed a few in our population to live to such excess and continue to exist by de facto today, or wear a goddamn mask.
I think overall we are selfish, short-sighted, and and anti-science...look no further then Coronavirus, global warming, and how we live in such excess.
Everything is profit motivated. The top 1% used to be taxed at 80% in the 60s and 70s and we had exceptional funding (if you were white) for social programs and education. Many countries copied that same structure and now lead the world in economic mobility and growth. Some of our leaders try to bring it back and are called anti-American or communism. Companies have to make a profit so we don't dare raise the minimum wage (it had its most spending power in the early 80s) and now the working poor is the fastest growing group of people on welfare (behind the elderly and single moms) but **** you you lazy bums..we are cutting that too!
The US government used to invest in science and pure research...things that did made us proud. NASA budget has been slashed and the Texas super collider was cancelled because politicians didn't think it was sexy enough (meanwhile CERN is killing it). As a whole, our citizens don't see the benefit in such investments...all the while using their smart phones on the couch to crank up their AC to the max, ordering a dozen deliveries on Amazon, all while looking up memes on global warming being a Chinese hoax.
We decided if we cut taxes for the wealthy, everyone will be rich. We bought that hook, line, and sinker even though decades of research show that "trickle down economics" is a sham. We have fallen from one of the top countries in the world for economic mobility to among the lowest in the developed world (between 25-30th) with even some "**** hole countries" passing us. But hey, who gives a ****, we are very wealthy thanks to having more billionaires than any other country...about 420 more than 2nd place.
Congress votes more along party lines than ever before. We call ourselves freedom of speech, but our major press outlets are also profit driven and cater to audiences only making the problem worse. Those that do cross party lines are deemed as weak by said media.
We constantly **** over and meddle with countries...Iran was a pro-west, progressive, country until we felt they were charging us too much for oil and we install a dictator...repeat a dozen times with various countries then when they lack stability, we call them ****-hole countries. But that's okay, because we used tax money to **** those countries over to make our rich richer. Socialize the cost and privatize the profit. We will send our poor to die and then **** them out of benefits. But that's cool, because we always stand and respect them when we sing the national anthem.
We love locking people up...especially if you aren't white. Despite white people and black people's use of illicit drugs is the same for both recreational and hardcore use, black Americans are 6x more likely to be arrested for drugs and when they are arrested, receive much harsher sentences than their white counterparts for all crimes. The longest sentence from Enron was 14 years. All they did was defraud thousands of people out of $64 billion in retirement. Let that ****ing sink in.
My grandma worked for decades for Taystee Bread and was two years from a full pension. They were bought out by Wonder and she was laid off right before retirement. Now she gets $200/month. Don't worry, the executives still got their millions...but they worked hard for their money!
Don't even get me started on how we treat Native Americans.
Here's the thing...I know other countries are far worse. Maybe this isn't an American problem. Maybe it is a human/nature problem. Evolution and the survival of the fittest when we no longer have natural predators. But you know what...we are so ****ing sanctimonious and entitled...
We are number 1!!!
USA!! USA!! USA!!