Happy B-Day, America!
You might have seen the HBO "Newsroom" put-down
of the idea of American exceptionalism. Some people typically cheered its negative "honesty." But I don't think it was honest as long as it didn't cover the flip-side of America as well. Courtesy of BusinessInsider, take a gander at these stats
about America. The ones about our productivity, R&D, Nobel prizes, immigration and universities are the most impressive in my mind. And that's just the economic side of the country's pluses. It doesn't cover all the intangible freedoms and other benefits we're blessed to have here. And, really, what other country could produce such poignant, high-minded art like this
? End of argument, Sorkin. ... Have a happy Fourth! You've earned it.