In Defense of My Country
Our Country is Down, but I am Still Proud
I’ve been reflecting on the United States in July 2020, and I’ve been annoyed by one of my ex-pat friends’ constant bashing of our country. Sure, it’s a popular trend to remark about how messed up so many things are in this country of late. Trump and the bozos who are partying close-up and not wearing masks, yes they sure look stupid. Having 50,000 new COVID cases per day revealed while much of the world is seeing reduced cases does sting.
It makes me feel like people in our country are failures living in a world where too many individual rights are taking over. Too many people refuse to go along with something simple like social distancing and mask-wearing. I hate masks and always feel stifled and claustrophobic, but when I walk into the Big Y Supermarket and see every single fellow citizen wearing the mask and staying distant, it makes me feel like I am living in the right state in the country. People here don’t want to breathe all over me, nor do I want to breathe all over them. It’s right and it is working.
Sorry, but there will never be a Google, an eBay, or a Tesla that comes out of Italy. Nope. No country has the kind of brilliant people who live in the U.S. or even Europe, and though many of them came here as immigrants, the true smartest people on Earth are not living in Rome. They live here in the U.S., the home of the most Nobel Prize winners in the entire world.
There are no companies formed in Italy that have made the list below, which shows how many patents each company obtained by inventions. None. People in Italy are indeed good at wearing masks, socially isolating, cooking great food, and managing to survive COVID better than the U.S. has done. But they don’t rank very well in innovations, compared with the U.S. and other countries.
The people who are holding protests against having to wear masks are far from my reality, although I see them yelling at public hearings on TV and demanding the right to not wear a mask. However, in my part of the world, these dummies aren’t part of our reality. We follow the rules and we’ve seen the results, which are very positive.
But I am not going to write off the people of the U.S. as doomed forever. And no country in the world can challenge the U.S. in terms of science, breakthroughs in technology, or for great literature, patents, and the Arts.
Italy is the country that elected and re-elected Silvio Berlusconi as their president four times, and he’s been described as being much like our own Donald Trump. He was corrupt and proved to be an embarrassment to the country with so many scandals and questionable ethics. People I met in Italy described Silvio much like they describe Trump, a force for evil who was all in it to make more money for his media empire, not for the good of the country.
My point is that while the U.S. may be down and going through a bad time, a combination of terrible leaders and people who have not been able to act in agreement to fight back against a worldwide pandemic. But compared to any other country, especially Italy, we remain the leaders and the place where the most respected and smart people continue to want to live and prosper.