1. We are not the richest. The EU has a significantly higher GDP than the US does. Our system of 'capitalism' is also essentially socialism for only the rich. In fact, China right now is more purely capitalist than the US is right now. 2. We do not have the best, nor the most efficient health/medical system. The EU spends 9% of GDP on health care, compared to 15% of US GDP. Europeans also live longer than Americans, despite spending significantly less of GDP. 3. We do not have the best educational systems. From elementary school, middle school, high school, and even college, our students lag behind our European and Asian counterparts. The only edge we have are the half dozen top research universities funded significantly by the government. 4. One truth, however, is that we do have the best military, and the most blood on our hands of anybody since WWII. Even going back before WWII, it could be made the the genocide of Native Americans was as worse if not worse than any other event in the past 500 years.