Saw the "Tiger Mom" being interviewed the other day. Her basic point is that we give our children accolades for failure, and tend not to reward actual success. This breeds a generation that tends to not drive toward success. I recall this being the case as early as kindergarten when in kickball after a game where my team destroyed the other, the coaches called the game a TIE. I looked at my dad, and said "we killed them". He said "I know" I'm saying this because we, as adult americans do the same thing with our country. We repeat the mantra "We have the best ______ in the world!" over and over again, and yet...we are not. This is a cool list of world rankings Country Rankings 2011 - Economy, Geography, Climate, Natural Resources, Current Issues, International Agreements, Population, Social Statistics, Flags, Maps, Political System a few that jump out: Education: 33rd Infrastructure quality: 23rd Gender gap: 27th Health performance: 72nd (37th by WHO) National IQ: T9th Communications infrastructure: 23rd Life expectancy: 47th Banking system soundness: 108th Things we are #1 in Gun Ownership Universities Arms deliveries to the world Nuclear power plants Unless you are talking about Guns, our Military, colleges, or Nuke Plants....don't say "America has the best______in the world" (Unless you fill that blank with Quarterback, and also say its Tom Brady) We need to stop lying to ourselves.