Americans are caring, generous people who quickly come to the aid of those in need. When a tsunami laid waste to much of Indonesia in 2004, Americans led the world in committing funds to aid the ravaged population—despite the fact the disaster occurred on the other side of the world. The U.S. leads the world in economic aid and in Red Cross donations. Even when it comes to defense, the U.S. provides more assistance to rebuild war-torn countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan than any other nation in the world.
The U.S. has more tractors being used in agriculture than any other country in the world. This doesn’t include that riding lawnmower you drag out on a Saturday—these are tractors used for farming and growing food for the American people. It might seem strange to be proud of the number of tractors, but the number indicates agricultural strength. In many ways, farming and the rural way of life are considered the backbone of American culture, and the U.S. also leads the world in corn, sorghum, soybean and coarse grain production—which, of course, wouldn’t be possible without all those tractors.
While many Americans frequently lament the supposedly poor voter turnout in the United States, the country leads the world in voter registration and total vote in presidential elections. More than half of all eligible Americans voted in the 2008 presidential election—led by Minnesota, which had a 75 percent turnout rate that year. Over 70 percent of those eligible to vote actually registered—and of those registered, nearly 90 percent voted. Americans consistently exercise their right to vote, making the idea of a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” a reality.
2 The Internet
Freedom of speech and open access to information are cornerstones of American values, and the U.S. has consistently been at the forefront of Internet development. It should come as no surprise that the U.S. leads the world not only in broadband access, but also in broadband subscribers, Internet hosts, Internet service providers and secure Internet servers. More Americans own personal computers than in any other country. The Web puts the world at your fingertips, and the U.S. leads the way, facilitating greater connectivity in a society that is increasingly more global than local.
1 Nobel Prize Laureates
Alfred Nobel established the Nobel Prize through his last will and testament, to recognize those who “conferred the greatest benefit to humankind.” Since 1901, over 200 Americans have been awarded the Nobel Prize—more than any other country in the world. Despite the decline in student performance in math and science, Americans continue to lead the world in fields as diverse as physics, medicine and economics. And starting with Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to 19 Americans.