On a major television program, a paradox. Two women about the same age,
same build, same racial characteristics, almost the same coloring, were
giving their opinions in response to the question? "America, number
The premise of the program was whether or not America could
legitimately be called the number one country in the world. A reporter
examined all the major elements that would qualify a country. Its climate,
natural resources, population size, religious attitudes, fiscal resources,
opportunities, as well as its attitudes toward its people. Poverty,
racism, gender, and age discrimination were all included in this
comprehensive look at most of the "major" countries in the
world. He interviewed people on the street, politicians, immigrants, and
It is interesting to note that only two countries had long lists of
people waiting to get in. Many had waiting list of people wanting out.
Hong Kong, because of its proximity to China and its incredibly wealthy
population in general (more Rolls Royces than any other country in the
world), had a long waiting list. America, of course, led with more people
wanting in than any other country, hands down. Note?.. there is no
waiting list for people wanting out of the United States.
People from China, the Philippines, India, Japan, London, and Paris
were all interviewed as to whether or not they would prefer to live in
their own country or America. The response amazed me. To a man and woman,
they all preferred to live in the United States. None wanted to return,
and all of them were extremely critical of the attitude of their
governments toward individuals and especially businesses.
Young entrepreneurs in particular lauded the American "can
do" mentality, where "nothing is impossible". In their home
countries, bureaucrats blocked the doors of opportunity. Only Hong Kong
made it easier to go into business than America. It is no accident that
Hong Kong has one of the highest standards of living in the world.
Socialist countries have the least number of entrepreneurs, the highest
number of regulatory agencies, the most moribund bureaucracy, and are
suffering a brain drain. Citizens from each country represented came to
America and became inordinately successful, after being denied the
opportunity to pursue exactly those same goals at home.
America is, indeed, the land of opportunity, the pot of gold at the end
of the rainbow, and people risk their lives, and leave their families and
homeland, just for the chance to live in America. A man who was a soccer
judge, a professor, and a respected professional in his country has gladly
become a gardener in this one. Why? Because America offers freedom. The
one overriding consideration for all the people interviewed was?
"America offers liberty, freedom to pursue your dreams." No
guarantees, only the freedom to pursue your dreams. Just as the founding
fathers envisioned. "?. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of
Remember the two ladies at the beginning? Both ladies just happened to
be black. One lived here all her life, the other was trying to get her
husband here. The one who lived here said, "America sucks, if England
would take me, I?d leave tomorrow." The other said, "I love
America! It?s the only place in the world where you can start off poor,
and end up a Princess."