Voice of the People: We’re Not Number One

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Voice of the People by James J. Devineby James Devine

According to the CIA World Factbook, Liechtenstein, Qatar, Luxembourg, Bermuda, Norway, Jersey, Kuwait, Singapore, Brunei and the Faroe Islands have greater GDP per capita than the United States.

The average annual number of deaths during a year per 1,000 population at midyear is lower, compared with the United States, in 125 countries.

Among them are: Djibouti, Azerbaijan, Eritrea, Burma, Trinidad and Tobago, Gibraltar, Dominica, Greenland, Monaco, Cambodia, Madagascar, Puerto Rico, Grenada, Canada, Palau, Aruba, San Marino, Ireland, Montserrat, India, Liechtenstein, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Bermuda, Comoros, Argentina, Cuba, Bhutan, Guyana, Yemen, Thailand, Saint Kitts and Nevis, New Zealand, Pakistan, Mayotte, Virgin Islands, Bolivia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Hong Kong, Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, Iceland, Saint Lucia, The Bahamas, Nepal, China, Taiwan, Kyrgyzstan, Australia, Tajikistan, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Netherlands Antilles, Jamaica, Lebanon, Nauru, Cyprus, Cape Verde, Brazil, Turkmenistan, and Indonesia.

There are also fewer yearly deaths per 1,000 in Andorra, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Peru, Turkey, Mongolia, Vietnam, Timor-Leste, Chile, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, Iran, New Caledonia, Albania, Fiji, El Salvador, Suriname, Israel, Samoa, Uzbekistan, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Tunisia, Venezuela, Philippines, Guatemala, Malaysia, Cayman Islands, Ecuador, Honduras, Tonga, Iraq, Egypt, Mexico, French Polynesia, Singapore, Morocco, Algeria, Panama, Paraguay, Marshall Islands, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Federated States of Micronesia, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Turks and Caicos Islands, American Samoa, Solomon Islands, Syria, Maldives, West Bank, Macau, Oman, Libya, Gaza Strip, Brunei, Northern Mariana Islands, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.

It’s not enough to chant, “We’re Number One,” for real patriots who care about our country. People who love America are willing to work to make it better in every way, including such shared sacrifices as investments in quality health care and education.

Those who argue that government is too big tend to ignore the size and power of corporations that influence our lives every day.

Preserving the rights of individuals requires a government large enough and strong enough to enfore the will of the people against potential enemies both foreign and domestic.

Embracing ignorance is no way to demonstrate one’s love of your country but having the faith in democracy to ackowledge and repair problems is surely an act of true patriotism.

Balancing the size and power of both government and corporations is the challenge today’s citizens must overcome to insure liberty, prosperity, equlity and justice for all, not by chanting or reqriting facts to suit one’s ideology, but by accepting the truth and participating in the rough and tumble pratice of of citizenship.

Democracy is not a spectator sport. It is that requires knowledge and action.


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