We’re number one! And no, not just in mass shootings and military
spending. Also, weapons dealing… We know from fact-based, stat-heavy, well-researched,
peer-reviewed studies America isn’t actually number one in the world, or the best. Unless “best” here is in reference to
Melania’s anti-bullying slogan, “Be Best,” in which case, it kind of works. And yet we cling to the idea that we’re
the best, that everything we do in the world is for the good of it, and that we’re the
world’s role model. It’s often referred to as “American exceptionalism.” I’m Francesca Fiorentini, and today we’re
looking at this national myth of being the best, whether it’s time to let go of it,
and what it would mean if we ever did. To break it down, let’s look at what American
exceptionalism is, where it comes from, how we’ve actually been losing power and influence
around the world, and how our leaders have dealt with that reality. First, what is American exceptionalism? You might not be familiar with the term, but
you’re definitely familiar with its noises. America is the greatest country in the world. We know this is the greatest country on Earth. We’re the greatest country ever, and it’s
a fact. This is America, the greatest country on planet
Earth. The greatest country in the history of man
… and woman. What an adorable afterthought. Hey thanks, Nikki Haley, for challenging the
patriarchy …but not too much. American exceptionalism is the Regina George
of geopolitical ideology. It’s the “We’re hot, you’re not, deal
with it” belief system that says, “Sure, we’ve got deep-seated emotional problems,
a traumatic childhood, and our friends are only our friends because they’re afraid
of us. It doesn’t matter ’cause everything we touch
is amazing, it’s only cool when we do it, and like, do you even go here?” Just take it from the Regina George of newscasters: Well, the left is never going to understand
American exceptionalism because they don’t believe in American exceptionalism. But I don’t know about you guys, I believe
we live in the greatest nation on the face of the Earth, I believe that we are a beaming
light for the rest of the world, and for those who feel otherwise, there are 195 other countries,
so I suggest they go pick one. Yeah, but I want California. Without you. Or Mel Gibson. Shall we just rock-paper-scissors, or do we
have to fight? Thing is, when Americans say, “We’re number
one,” it doesn’t exactly come from here It comes from here. And not just because we rank super high in
heart disease per capita. It’s mostly just a slogan we repeat and
that the right uses to test our loyalty to the country we live in and attack anyone trying
to make it better. Which is the equivalent of shaming a firefighter
for trying to put out a fire in your own home. “Love it or leave it, a**hole … I love
the smell of toxic smoke in the –” [thud] So where does the idea of American exceptionalism
come from? Some say it has to do with our founding and our Constitution, which guaranteed equality to all. Of course, the country was founded through
the violent takeover of Native American land and enslaving Africans to help build us into
a global economic superpower – LOOK, IT WAS ASPIRATIONAL. But a more recent moment that has deeply shaped
our exceptionalism was when the U.S. entered World War II and helped Allied countries defeat
Nazism. Sure, we showed up late in Europe, kind of
how your period shows up late – a little scary, and then there’s way too much blood,
but ultimately, relief! After the war – and, in part, thanks to
it – America emerged as the world’s main economic superpower. We were helping other countries rebuild, and
in turn, they had to buy our goods. America basically became the world’s pushy
Tupperware lady that no one could say no to. “And if you like that Dip ‘N Serve Tray,
you might also like this F-16!” And when the Soviet Union collapsed, well,
it all went a bit to our heads. You could say we finally won the d*ck-measuring
contest – errr, space race. So there we were, the victors of the world,
with the cash and the glory, and all that helped fuel our illusion of American exceptionalism. And that’s usually where the action movie
ends, because nobody wants to know what happens after Rocky wins. He gains a lot of weight, goes bankrupt and
keeps getting food poisoning from eating raw eggs, which he can’t remember gives him
food poisoning ’cause he also has CTE. There, I said it. Or in America’s case, we expand our military
around the world, kill millions by getting involved in military conflicts from Central
America to Vietnam under the Cold War ideology of stopping communism, embrace free-market
policies that end up ruining our workforce and that of other countries. And — oops, who knew all the foreign intervention
would lead to crazed murderers who want to kill Americans, and they do. And instead of reassessing our response, we
invade two more countries that had nothing to do with it – well, one we invade AGAIN
– and throw trillions of dollars at counterterrorism, only to still be fighting in Afghanistan,
the never-ending war which just turned 18, and that means it’s old enough to fight
itself, OK? And yes, somewhere in all that, Prince released
“Purple Rain,” and for a moment things were good. [happy harp sound] And maybe behind all of our problems is that
pigheaded ideology called American exceptionalism. This word “exceptionalism,” which has
been repeated throughout American history, that we are the exceptional country, that
at this point, I think, makes us a danger to ourselves. American exceptionalism is a bit like the
curse of the monkey’s paw. You know, every time something amazing happens,
it also has horrible consequences. [spooky music]
You’re going to have a new nation with brilliant founders! BUUUT – they’ll own slaves. You’re going to win a great world war! BUUUT – you’ll start dozens of others. You’ll get your first black president! BUUUUT – your next president will be a crumpled
Fritos bag with a turd inside. Our American exceptionalism has made us a
danger to ourselves and others. Case in point: our wars in Afghanistan and
Iraq, moves that truly sealed our fate – not as the leaders in human rights or democracy
around the world, but in being a violent global douchebag. After those wars, the perception of America
in both Europe and the Middle East – which already wasn’t good – fell even further. Also, ’cause when France wouldn’t join
the war, we tried to make “Freedom Fries” a thing, and the world was like: “Stop trying to make Freedom Fries happen,
it’s not going to happen.” In many ways, the Iraq f*ck-up got us a president
who didn’t vote it and campaigned on ending the war. Obama understood how much international trust
was lost in America after eight years of fighting. He knew American exceptionalism was a problem,
even though he said he believed in it. I believe in American exceptionalism with
every fiber of my being. But what makes us exceptional is not our ability
to flout international norms and the rule of law. It is our willingness to affirm them through
our actions. God, he’s so diplomatic and presidential, I almost forgot about things like the expanded drone program. Like, it briefly disappeared from memory,
and in that moment, things were good. [happy harp sound] Obama came into the White House with a radical
agenda on foreign policy… by telling the truth about our foreign policy. While the United States has done much to promote
peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we’ve at times been disengaged, and at times we’ve
sought to dictate our terms. But I pledge to you that we seek an equal
partnership. All the Latin American leaders behind him
are like … “Estás bien, hermano? Que chistoso! En serio?” [laughter] But all that diplomacy was referred to by
the right as Obama’s “apology tour.” The world apology tour that Obama conducted. President Obama began his presidency with
an apology tour. President Obama becoming the first sitting
U.S. president to visit Hiroshima since the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb there … A lot
of people debating today whether this was an extension of President Obama’s apology
tour. It was considerably worse than a simple apology. It was a stagecrafted act of atonement. What? We’re talking about f*cking Hiroshima! 140,000 people murdered with an American atomic
bomb!! Even Jeffrey Dahmer apologized for his crimes
and he ate people. Think about that. Obama was attempting to help America dip its
toes into the idea that we should no longer be the world’s police, nor are we the only
economic superpower. Other economies, not just in Western Europe,
but also BRIC countries, have grown faster than the U.S. economy, and are on track to outpace us in the next 20 years. And they do natural resource destruction,
foreign election meddling, religious nationalism and gymnastics almost as good as us now! Ugh! We’re in different geopolitical times, thanks
in part to how poorly we managed our power. Now, America doesn’t call the shots, and
that scares many people, especially the powerful on both sides of the aisle. Which brings us to Trump – because the monkey’s
paw always provides. Oooohh, Fritos! [spooky music] Trump was elected on the premise that he was
going to make America exceptional again. And yet his entire presidency is proof that
we aren’t. He’s a strongman TV star who got help from
a foreign government to get where he is. Welcome to the rest of the world, baby! And in some ways he knows we’re not special. Because like Obama, Trump is also honest about
our foreign policy – but this time, witha sociopath’s lack of regret. O’REILLY: He’s a killer. Putin’s a killer. TRUMP: A lot of killers, you got a lot of
killers, what, you think our country is so innocent? We should have taken the oil. You wouldn’t have ISIS if we took the oil. I’d bring back of a hell of a lot worse
than waterboarding. Trump doesn’t see America as a force for
good in the world. And on the one hand, after so much righteous
bombing, that’s almost a bit of a relief. Until you look at how he’s cozied up to
our most unhinged allies and foes: Saudi Arabia, Israel, North Korea, Russia and right-wing
populists like Boris Johnson, Marine Le Pen, Roseanne Barr. Also, let’s remember that for whatever isolationist
talk Trump’s spewed, he’s expanded drone strikes to five times the rate of Obama – authorizing
75 of them in his first 74 days in office. But on the 75th day, in that moment, things
were good. [happy harp] …No, they weren’t. [sad horn] The problem is, what America does still matters
to the world. And when we leave behind the better parts
of American exceptionalism – the whole wanting to be human rights leaders and promoting democracy
– there are real consequences. For example, when the Trump administration
withdrew from the UN Human Rights Council, or said this about the UN’s International
Criminal Court after it floated the idea of holding the U.S. accountable for war crimes
in Afghanistan: The United States will provide no support
in recognition to the International Criminal Court. As far as America is concerned, the ICC has
no jurisdiction, no legitimacy and no authority. That emboldened countries like the Philippines,
whose President Rodrigo Duterte is under investigation for human rights abuses, to up and leave the
International Criminal Court outright. Now, the ICC isn’t perfect, but if we subscribe
to the idea that everyone is a murderer and international law is BS, then we don’t just
have inaction on human rights, we have no framework for it. So there’s nothing to stop, say, Saudi Arabia
from kidnapping and murdering a journalist, or Russia from poisoning two people in a UK
park, and the only thing to stop Trump from declaring war on Iran is if Saudi Prince bin
Salman wakes up with a tummy ache and is just like, not in the mood anymore. And all Trump’s chest-beating is only further
proof that American exceptionalism is gone. For a moment, when a bully talks like that,
people in other countries stand back, but it’s more like the cartoon character that ran off
the cliff, doesn’t realize it, thinks everything’s fine and then whooosh! As sad as that it, it’s almost comforting to know there’s a blueprint for American politics right now, even if that blueprint is “Looney Tunes.” Let me guess: When we finally build the wall,
we’ll just paint a tunnel on it to injure all the migrants? It makes sense. Also, an anvil falling on Trump would be the
perfect way to end this nightmare. [anvil falling sound effect] We’re in free fall when it comes to what
America’s role is in the world. If we’re not the Regina George of it, the
aggressor or the savior, who are we? We need to rethink what are our priorities. We remain with the institutional priorities
of this quasi-imperial state of ours, which overthrows governments, or puts sanctions,
or dictates to others what to do, but it’s not going to work this way. Right, the U.S. can’t be that a**hole that won’t come to the party unless we’re the center of attention. Especially when that attention is insisting on busting out an acoustic guitar and singing “Wonderwall.” “After all… we’ll build that wonderwall— That’s my drink!” Can we be part of a global community in a
responsible way? Collaborate when it comes to things like climate
change and refugee crises? Maybe it’s time to let go of the monkey’s
paw of American exceptionalism and recognize the only thing we’re exceptional at is not
using the bidet, and that is not something to brag about. Thanks so much for watching Newsbroke! Thus concludes our breakneck season 2. Yes, we have reached the end, and we hope
you’ve enjoyed the ride. Thank you so much for watching and sharing. Thank you so much to my producer and editor Kate Elston, comedy writers Matt Lieb and Johan Miranda, our social media producer and
writer Jesse Fernandez, our animator Marisa Cruz, our incredibly talented researcher, photographer and prompter runner, Pablo de la Hoya, and to AJ+ for having us back. Make sure to follow me on Twitter
and Instagram @franifio to see what I’m up to next And who knows, maybe that will involve
a season 3. Before I go, I just want to recognize that
this next year of American politics is going to be heinous and tiresome and stress-inducing. Especially on social media, so even though
I told you to follow me on all those platforms and you should definitely rewatch Newsbroke. Take a break once and awhile. Thanks so much for watching, and we will see
you on the flip-side.

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100 thoughts on “Can America Let Go Of Being Number One?”

  1. We showed up late in Europe? The United States was dragged into TWO World Wars (started by Germany both times) that had nothing to do with us. But don't let that fact get in the way of your agenda or your anti-American propaganda.

  2. This girl/woman has probably never been outside of the US, besides a day trip to Mexico or Canada. Hun, if America isn't the best country in the World, why is it that nearly EVERY country in the World its people stand in line for hours to get papers to COME TO AMERICA. You need to be 'replaced' by someone who appreciates the blessing of living in America. America is not an isolated "BEST" look through history and there were others, and they too do fail. and the World returns to mediocrity, and everyone feels better that no one is better than the other. Soon the World will go back to eating out of piles of garbage and bathing in sewers.. So congrats, a World you will like better, I assume.

  3. Exceptionalism is arrogant and stupid, but so is the opposite, being a bunch of dumbasses bending over allowing everyone to come in, peddle drugs, commit crimes, sponge on society with tax breaks, and gobble up real estate so our own damn citizens can't even afford a house. If their country doesn't allow americans to naturalize and become a citizen or work, we need to treat them the same. China is ripping us off and laughing at how stupid we are over this, just another way they're walking all over us.

  4. Yes, Tomi, the part of America that is open to new information, possibilities, and believes it is Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for ALL, is exceptional! But sadly, you’re not one of them,,,🙁

  5. America is the best country that ever existed in human history. Communists even have the freedom to complain and to plot the destruction of freedom.

  6. Make video on , lining boys in single line than checking whether they have hair in crucial areas ,if they have than kill them (Jew and Christian) phycology of muhammad .

  7. 3:07 America "HELPED" allied countries. Like the way you phrase that. No America did more than just help America WON that War.

  8. America became that one fat and privileged kid in the class that is also a bully. 🤦‍♂️
    Ow and I forgot stupid too. Smh.
    Who tha f*ck elects Trump and the other opposition was Hilarious Clinton. While screwing over Bernie Sanders.
    If Americans don't vote for Bernie Sanders in 2020 they officially lost it and California will break from the rest of Middle America. And that my friends will be a fact. Period. California is the 5th largest economy in the world after all and Middle America needs them more then California needs Middle America.

    So Vote and Support #BernieSanders2020 to literally save the US and probably also the world from a disaster. The next Trump/Republican will be a competent 🌰case.

  9. 6:44 Thank you for mentioning this. I swear so many people put on their rose-tinted glasses on to talk about Obama. Yeah he was better than Trump, but that didn’t mean he was perfect!

  10. I don't think it was right time for Obama to apology to Japan for atomic bombing when then Japan had not done, has not yet done, or has not even shown any sign of any proper apology for the warfare it provoked or acting like a country which committed war crimes such as plunder, exploitation, genocide, massacre, sex slavery, living human experiments, and etc to many countries in Asia, especially to Korea for many decades which has been severely, endlessly suffered from colonization to territorial division to currently trade attacks from Japan.
    Furthermore, Japan has been tirelessly seeking a way to revise its constitution and to be a country that can engage into warfare again ever since right after losing the war by quickly switching the stance from a major enemy to a loyal ally to US without any proper punishment of war criminals including the king of Japan among which had become a prime minister of Japan later and now his grandson is incumbent PM Abe, hiding the truth of its shameful history from its people and educating them the history made up with all these pretty makeup that Japan was trying for peaceful Asia that is utter nonsense because Asia will never forget every suffering from atrocities and evil things that Japan has committed.
    What Obama and the US has been doing wrong when it comes to foreign policy in East Asia is that it has been ignorant of or indifferent to all the suffering and infringement of human rights in the region brought about by Japanese Imperialism, or has not put them into consideration enough for the benefit of the US.

  11. Reading Carl Sandburg's " Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind," may prove to be a wake-up call for some. Googling the international scores on math, science, and reading may prove a be a shock to others. 
    Exceptionalism is only prideful ignorance, and pride was one of the Seven Deadly Sins.

  12. It's funny how we preach equality as a cardinal national virtue while at the same time saying we are better than everyone else in the world. And by "funny", I mean "ridiculously stupid".

  13. And Trump is the incarnation of the farcical nature of American Exceptionalism – someone who was born into the successes of his forefathers and so carries a bluster and a bravado that is completely undeserved, and has achieved nothing of great merit on his own, yet he tells us again and again how "amazing" he is. And Americans love him because a president like him is the only way to continue perpetuating the myth of American Exceptionalism in the face of decades of evidence and actions to the contrary.

  14. OMG……pigs are flying cause my lovely Francesca has finally produced a left wing bs free video even a brilliant economist like me agrees almost completely. Wow you only missed one mission critical point pretty girl: The collapse of American exceptionalism, militarism, and catastrophic growing income gap is all blowback of the Federal reserve act of 1913 creating a world fake reserve currency backed only by war powers. Woody O'Brien

  15. As an American I think we are the greatest nation on Earth, but greatest in the sense of how Genghis Khan was great (strong/powerful). Not how Albert Einstein or Ghandi were actually good.

  16. I'm thinking if the US is so exceptional they don't need us to store some of their nuclear warheads anymore.
    I'm all for sending them to 1600 Penn. Ave, Washington DC.

  17. The average American has never left the country, hell many have never left their home state so they live in an echo chamber where they hear that they live in the best country. The eat this crap up while they struggle to make ends meet under the lie that if they just keep working hard, they will eventually become financially secure. The American system is set up against the very people who defend it.

  18. America can be likened to the obese bully in one corner of the public swimming pool defiantly using it as a toilet while loudly proclaiming pool rules are a globalist conspiracy.

  19. Her sweet face is paid by AJ+ Al Jazeera. Devoted purely to divide Americans like the Middle East. It’s so funny their laughing so hard at us.

  20. American exceptionalism is a  bumper sticker philosophy for postage stamp intellects preoccupied with the national pastime of blowing smoke up each other's 'arses'.

  21. I wish the US were the oppressive monster she makes it out to be just so that the gvnt could snuff her out. What a despicable khhuntt! GTFO if you hate it here so much! It’s that easy.

  22. Me gustó mucho este video. Es muy educativo y me gusta como usas el sarcasmo. Continúa haciendo vídeos como este.

  23. I know Cambridge Analytica is not a foreign government Per se, but should you have put that in your 5-second analysis of trump?!?

  24. Everything is great until that one drunk guy from the other neighborhood comes who thinks he is the best and starts being the boss of everyone

  25. You forgot drug addiction and overdose. Killing children and oppression of black and brown people. Of course it's also the, PEDOPHILE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!

  26. When Republicans say America is the best, they are saying that they are the best, that they are superior, that they are white and superior.

    This is why they get so upset when footballers kneel. The flag represents their America, their white, Christian America. "How dare a black man disrespect me/us!". They may say some shet about disrespecting veterans, but since when did the flag ONLY represent veterans?

  27. Francesca knockin' it out of the park again! Smart, funny and beautiful. I will obey her every command. LOL I wish. Keep up the good work, Francesca. Be seeing you.

  28. Oh don't say your not number one.  As I understand it you are number one for obesity rates.  So yay for that 🙂

  29. AntiPropganda? You guys are literally funded by the Qatari government no matter your literally saying why America isn’t number one. Get your propaganda out of our country

  30. America #1 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 Proud

  31. 2:18 heart hmmm …

    No I'd be going lower …
    to that place where Mr Trumpy,
    and his mates like to brag about
    how Bigly they are. But like those
    tax returns and Trumpys Bank Balance,
    it's a whole lot of talk and 0 proof!
    In case you wondering where I meant 3:46

  32. Oh good another deranged leftist who loves illegal alien criminals or as democrats call them "vote tokens" and that hates 'Murica. US may not be the best or brightest but being loyal to it and making it great again is a step in the number one direction.

  33. what i still find exceptional about america is your contribution to technology especially in the software field

  34. You are such an ungrateful loser. I will move to the USA the moment I get the chance. Free speech without regulation, free market system, yes, America the greatest country in existence. If you hate America then why don’t you move to India, you’ll love the big govt, corruption and speech regulations.

  35. The message that the USA could use a little more humble determination is lost when those criticizing are more arrogant than those they protest.

  36. AMERICA, is my favorite country in the world, but this #AmericanExceptionalism, went too far for Americans, I have always believed in America's rights and what's true and bening the world's police, but being honest that is over, even though that I'm Latin American, THE UNITED STATES was a hughe example of SUPERPOWER in the world, but as you were saying thanks to its poor way of ruling the world, AMERICA changed the world from innovating to losing it's hegemony.🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢😢

  37. After living in other countries I can tell you that America is definitely not number 1. Heck we're not even in the top ten. I mean my fellow missionaries have to stop taking anti malaria drugs so they can get cured of it before coming back to the US so they won't die being poorly treated by American doctors who don't know what to do for malaria.

    But in countries that don't have malaria things are better still. And Right Wingers can't wrap their heads around that.

  38. What action in human right? Where you have been in the last twenty years? The UN have been totally inept for the last twenty years when the U. S. show that you can do whatever you want if you are rich and powerful, laws means nothing, good will means nothing, the UN only moves their troops if you are a third world country but if you are a first world country you can suffer no consequences whatsoever.

  39. you sound so woke 🤣 haha "the" patriarchy 🤣🤣 the future is not female, zionist or a millennial zionist lesbian feminist narc for that matter 🤣🤣🤣 🤣🌈we are taking our rainbow back, our country and our freedom. i shine not burn. fyi, it's not a tall straight white male thing, but it is…

  40. Can America give up supporting racism ? They do not have a chose because white people are dying out . And mixed racing with the Mexicans and Spanish . America will be the next Mexico in 30 years . And white feminist group women are copping off the white men sleeping with any color woman they want in public and the white women are now dating any color men they want in public .Why they wait till they numbers are low to do this . But white women and men are still racist to black people do not let that dating different colors of men and women fool you .

  41. 1:23 – Even THAT is nonsense: Women in the U.S., on average, fare better than men in nearly every area relevant to well-being: In longevity, health, health care spending (even after accounting for maternal and reproductive care), education, homelessness, suicide, alcoholism, drug addiction, favoritism in the criminal justice system, reproductive rights (for all the assailing of women's rights in this regard, men of course have no reproductive rights), and violent crime victimization. In all these areas and more women do better, often far better than men.

    Everyday men are very well aware that 'male privilege' in their own lives, is almost nowhere to be found. That ostensible male privilege is actually class privilege, and it's class privilege that is enjoyed by the wealthiest handful of men, not the guy who works as a file clerk, car salesman, manual laborer, the guy who loses his kids in family court, or who ends up in a for-profit prison each year with 200,000 of his fellows because their average income is $11,000 a year and they're simply too poor to pay court-mandated support. They're simply worth more as prison fodder. That's the lot of everyday men.

  42. YOU SOUND DUMB AS F***,
    AMERICA GIVES 50% ++++ OF THE WORLDS AID…… STILL #1 SWEETHEART. HALF THE WORLD WOULD STARVE TO DEATH.

  43. Hmmm does anyone listen to a woman who’s sponsor is a foreign government with the worst human rights. The labor force is basically modern day slavery.

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