Is America still the Greatest Nation on Earth? (2)
America has been the Greatest Nation on Earth
Americans should never be boastful nor take things for granted because America is the greatest country on earth. The United States is not great because it is good or moral. Nor is the United States good or moral because it is powerful. The United States is great because the Almighty God has blessed it with resources that are superior in many ways. These blessings are given by the LORD God so that Americans will turn to Him, worship and praise Him in total freedom and liberty. Another reason is that they can also share the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to people all over the world. Americans enjoy an unparalleled quality of life that allows them to be generous to their neighbors and to help those who are less fortunate than themselves.
God has blessed America with the Good Land
The United States has the best and most productive expanse of farmland in the world. A blessing that allows for growth. The land is so fertile that in any other country of the world such quality farmland would be set aside as a national treasure.
America has the best natural river system imaginable, fed by a uniquely balanced system of groundwater. In the country's early history canals were built to allow interior river navigation and transport to many of the rivers in the northeast. This blessing fed the western expansion over the Appalachian Mountains after the American Revolution. The longest river, the Mississippi runs north to south for 2,500 miles through the center of the country, its tributary system draining 40% of the continental United States. Much of that system is navigable.
The navigable waterways of the Great Lakes are an unbelievable natural blessing if for no other reason than it provides an interior of trade and gives a huge source of fresh water that feeds the underground water system for the entire eastern United States. This was greatly enhanced in 1949 by a series of locks on the St. Lawrence Seaway that made ocean-going navigation possible 2,000 miles from the Atlantic coast to the interior of the country. These Great Lakes also modify, moderate the weather patterns in the Eastern United states, while drawing humidity and rain to the Midwest.
The coasts of the United States contain deep and well-protected natural harbors that have been improved to provide protection to ocean-going shipping. Look at the cities on the East Coast, West Coast and Gulf Coast, and notice the God-given natural harbors that beg for cities to grow, trade and flourish.
The natural barriers such as mountains and rivers are situated such that they are not permanent obstacles, but force expansion of the population into new and less developed territories. This blessing breaks up weather patterns to create the great grasslands of the plains.
The nation is blessed with peaceful neighbors for most of its history on the north and the south.
The wide protective oceans on the east and west graciously became highways for commerce, and moats when needed for protection from potential enemies.
The soil of much of the country was so productive that moving to a new territory of undeveloped land allowed enough settlers to overcome hardships, build a new life, and offer surplus crops for sale. Because of an extensive and expansive transportation infrastructure, seemingly unproductive land in one area of the country can grow crops for transport to an area that can appreciate unique crops.
Not to be forgotten is the fact that for the past 60 years nationwide the United States has an unprecedented blessing of productive rainfall in the right places at the right times - a run of good weather practically unheard of in recorded human history since the Pax Romana of the 1st century C.E.
The blessing of public hygiene (clean water and sewers) in the expanding cities almost single-handedly made possible a substantial increase of longevity, which was then given to the world. While not a natural blessing this situation was made possible by an abundant and extensive natural water system (from God) that is self-cleansing.
The Wealth of America is the Greatest in the World
The United States of America has only five percent of the world's population, but we have created more new wealth than any other nation in the world. It is because of America's trade with China and India the economies of these two nations are growing at an incredible rate,
The United States of America remains the nation with the highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the world - and by far: US GDP is projected to be $13,22 trillion (or $13.220 billion) in 2007, according to this source. That's almost as much as the economies of the next four (Japan, Germany, China, UK) combined.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a convenient way of measuring and comparing the size of national economies. Annual GDP represents the market value of all goods and services produced within a country in a year. Put differently:
GDP = consumption + investment + government spending + (exports - imports)
In 2000 the per capita income of the United States of America was 360 percent higher than the world's average per capita income (CPI). The U.S. boasted a CPI of $34,100 while the average world CPI was $7,410 (measured in international dollars).
According to Forbes.com there are 946 billionaires in the world today and the United States has 415 which is the highest number of any nation. Americans Warren Buffet (62 billion) has overtaken Bill Gates (58 billion) as the richest man in the world.