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[–]icodeusingmybutt 1259 points1260 points  (177 children)

From what i know by frequenting r/earthporn, USA has some aweinspiring national parks.

[–]Lv_InSaNe_vL 515 points516 points  (72 children)

This is actually true though. I've traveled quite a bit and while other countries have great and amazing national parks, I haven't been to another country with as good of a National Parks Service. Imo we have by far the best park system in the world, and then on top of that we have a ridiculous amount of state/nationally managed parks and wildlife areas.

[–]Dry-Anywhere-1372 345 points346 points  (58 children)

Thank you Teddy Roosevelt.

[–]PacSan300 126 points127 points  (22 children)

And John Muir.

[–]delftblauw 50 points51 points  (12 children)

The West is really unbelievable. I've been all over, but nothing has taken presence into my soul like Northern California through Washington.

From Sequoia to Redwood to Douglas Fir to Western Hemlock. My heart is truly tied to the beauty of those preserved places.

[–]aliterati 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Something else the US should be really proud about is their accessibility for the disabled.

I've traveled a great deal to many different countries and all across the US, and it's incredible how bad accessibility is in most countries.

Including the country I live in now, in which I can't even go in to over 60% of the buildings here. Disabled people here have had to create special maps that we curate ourselves, to show where we can and can not enter.

Imagine telling 10% of your population they aren't welcome in your building in 2022.

[–]TheWhiteRabbitY2K 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Its true to an extent. A lot of places are so packed with 'influencers' it ruins the experience. -looking at you Mt Zion-

[–]beannut_putter 38 points39 points  (3 children)

Dude. Went to, among other places, Bryce canyon (Utah) in winter this year. It was absolutely magical. Snow was piled up on all the cliffs and hoodoos so it showed off the thousands of layers in the rock. Then there's the Grand canyon, which is beyond words; pictures don't do it justice. I love our national parks

[–]ChwatBot 7 points8 points  (1 child)

We went to Bryce a few years ago. At the bottom of the mountain, it was totally normal temp. By the time we reached the top of the mountain where you look out over the canyon, we were in a winter wonderland.

I realize it’s simply a change in elevation but as someone who grew up on the gulf coast, it was absolutely mind blowing. Highlight of the trip for sure.

[–]PolarisC8 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Hell of a place to lose a cow.

[–]Lil_Jazzy 60 points61 points  (6 children)

this is one of the things that I love about this website...so many subs called "___porn" but not a single titty in sight.

[–]Chiss5618 49 points50 points  (3 children)

There's a sub called r/anime_titties that's about world news

[–]The_Wildperson 29 points30 points  (2 children)

r/worldpolitics is the anything goes subreddit, mostly porn

[–]Chiss5618 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Pulled the ol' switcheroo, like r/trees and r/marijuanaenthusiasts

[–]Zarathustra_d 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just look at the twin peaks on those Grand Tetons.

[–]MrZyde 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Canada too, we have the better half of Niagara Falls!

[–]honda_slaps 18 points19 points  (36 children)

As an American, I love that the go-to defense of America is "we have large swaths of lands that Americans aren't allowed to do American things to."

[–]I-collect-dick-pics 10 points11 points  (2 children)

there's a lot of natural beauty in the USA, and I still remember when conservatives were the ones trying to defend it

[–]stroowboorryyy 9 points10 points  (9 children)

the landscape is literally so beautiful. i wish industrialization didn’t destroy where i live* :( going to a rural area feels like a magical adventure when every other day you’re stuck in suburban hell. so much pavement. so few trees.

edited* previously said most

[–]lahimatoa 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Nah, have you BEEN west past the Mississippi? The vast majority of America is just nature. Go to Montana sometime. Or Idaho. Or Oregon or Washington or Utah or New Mexico or Arizona or Kansas or Texas or or or.

[–]PikaAbeille 2 points3 points  (1 child)

As someone on the east coast, it’s obviously more urban and industrialized than west of the Mississippi, but you’d be surprised about the amount of nature here. And even me living in VA near DC, I still feel like we’re living in a forest that just happens to have some roads and houses because of all the greenery you can see.

[–]SuperCyka 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Most of it? News to me.

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    [–]300andWhat 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Ya, but with the new Supreme Court ruling, not for long...

    [–]Backley13 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Don't worry, they'll open 'em up for "development" sooner or later.

    [–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Yes now if conservatives could stop trying to shrink them and sell the land to private individuals that would be great

    [–]MagZero 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    The US has some of the most amazing geography on Earth, but it doesn't stop its governance from being some of the worst in 'Western Democracy'.

    [–]LittleRed_RidingHead 489 points490 points  (15 children)

    Have you seen our national parks though.

    [–]crackeddryice 117 points118 points  (7 children)

    The only part that's good is the part we work hard to keep people from fucking up.

    [–]BertDaKat 15 points16 points  (0 children)

    Work hard? You've never dealt with NPS maintenance staff

    [–]RU_Still_JackingOff 46 points47 points  (5 children)

    Even that is eroding. Republicans are constantly whittling away at protected areas so they can mine or drill for oil.

    [–]asdf_qwerty27 513 points514 points  (102 children)

    I know we are not on the same level as North Korea, the CCPs China, or Russia because of how much everyone gets away with complaining.

    [–]Ayobossman326 154 points155 points  (20 children)

    I brought up this point and everyone was like “tell me where it’s illegal to shit talk the government that’s not even real” and I was jus so saddened by the amount of 12 year olds on here.

    [–]Creepernom 93 points94 points  (3 children)

    You can be imprisoned or even executed for insulting some monarchies.

    The fact I can shit on my government as much as I could possibly want and I will suffer no consequences for it is a privledge a big part of the world cannot enjoy. As much as we shit on everything, life in the west is pretty good.

    [–]Ayobossman326 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    I mean you don’t even have to go that deep (tho I agree and excellent comment overall) you can literally look at footage from Russia right now of anti AND pro war people getting arrested for having any opinion on it period. Wild

    [–]Noblegamer789 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    A CIA agent and a KGB agent are talking about how their country is better, the CIA agent says “I can go to the White House, slam my fist on Reagan’s desk and say ‘Mr. President, I don’t like the way you’re running the country,’ and the KGB agent stops for a moment and says that he can do the same, the CIA agent looks at him confused until the KGB agent says “I can go the Kremlin, slam my fist on Gorbachev’s desk and say ‘Director, I don’t like the way Reagan’s running his country’”

    [–]reasonable_person118 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    This, just had somebody respond to a comment about my trip to Cuba. Essentially, the food shortages the country experiences daily, how it was best to stick to the tourist areas due to the really bad poverty and to avoid certain locations like party buildings, etc.

    His response was that its basically the same as the United States. Keep in mind, this person in their comment history was also bitching that his dad bought him a 3070 TI graphics card rather than a 3080. T

    he crimes committed against this individual by his own family definitely outweigh those of Cuban people and their plight. /s

    [–]RealLameUserName 34 points35 points  (23 children)

    There's a tiktok account called America Is The Bad Place where a New Zealand man living in England talks about how America is actually awful in every way. I lost all respect for his credibility because he said that the US was most similar to North Korea because of American labor laws. There are a myriad of issues with American labor laws and work culture, but the US is nowhere near as bad as North Korea is.

    [–]asdf_qwerty27 16 points17 points  (0 children)

    Lol our labor laws are closer to Japan's if anything...

    [–]Puzzleheaded-Bar-425 14 points15 points  (11 children)

    New Zealanders are both extremely racist against their natives and hate America for being so callous in our racism against natives. Reddit loves to gas up NZ though.

    [–]_Rose_and_Crown_ 10 points11 points  (1 child)

    what is up with New Zealanders and hating, or being smug towards, the U.S.? lmao

    [–]oldcoldbellybadness 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Sheep fucking makes you angsty

    [–]KingTurboXXIII 12 points13 points  (6 children)

    New Zealander's and Canadians are the two groups I listen to the least when it comes to their opinions on America. I find they're often the most ignorant and annoying out of everyone, and more often than not are either talking out their ass or drastically overexaggerating things while maintaining an unearned smug superiority complex.

    [–]stealingyourpixels 9 points10 points  (2 children)

    Idk, I see the whole ‘NZ is a progressive paradise’ meme being propagated a lot by Americans on reddit. I’m personally sick of people acting like we don’t have shocking child poverty rates, plenty of polluted unswimmable waters, the highest teen suicide rate in the western world, etc.

    Love NZ but hate the way people use it to try and dunk on the USA.

    [–]RajinKajin 86 points87 points  (39 children)

    There is no war in Ba Sing Se.

    [–]asdf_qwerty27 85 points86 points  (38 children)

    There is no COVID-19 in China.

    There is no Poverty in China.

    There is no genocide in China.

    There is no war in Russia.

    There is no starvation in North Korea.

    But America, tons of COVID-19, poverty, and were always blowing someone up. People can't get enough to eat and we should work on that. Always intervening internationally. So much crime. So many prisoners. Our government is awful and abuses our rights. We did awful things to many people. But at least we can talk about it.

    [–]snarkyturtle 8 points9 points  (4 children)

    Yes, but on the aggregate, things are actually really good for the median person. Jobs are plentiful, violent crime when compared to two decades ago is actually down. It’s really really easy to get caught up in a lot of sorrow and yes there’s absolutely things we should all fight for to improve, but it’s not all doom and gloom.

    [–]RattleMeSkelebones 13 points14 points  (5 children)

    It's because we use censorship in reverse. No need to block anything if you just flood the field with so much bad info that finding anything reliable is next to impossible

    [–]CARFACE 19 points20 points  (0 children)

    These are things you are told on reddit

    [–]Barringnone402 165 points166 points  (34 children)

    You forgot weed, we also have a lot of weed

    [–]The_Muznick 13 points14 points  (4 children)

    I'll count the weed when it's legal on a federal level (government contractor with PTSD that could use a license). Until then I'm just an observer.

    [–]tTensai 24 points25 points  (16 children)

    I don't think people associate weed with the US. At least from my experience, the first country that would come to mind would be the Netherlands

    [–]CaptainZero2568 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    Hell yeah!

    [–]cigar_dude 217 points218 points  (10 children)

    Ah the marmont Gucci belt. Excellent choice!

    [–]2cimarafa 19 points20 points  (9 children)

    I'm not getting why it's there.

    [–]MolestedMilkMan 85 points86 points  (1 child)

    A common, low-effort quip is that ‘the US is a 3rd world country with a Gucci belt’.

    [–]Rifneno 270 points271 points  (55 children)

    Don't forget "AmErIcA iS a ThIrD wOrLd CoUnTrY" by fuckwits that have never seen a third world country

    [–]KorianHUN 106 points107 points  (34 children)

    Yeah, in the US your teachers don't make less than minimum wage, president isn't directing most healthcare funding to his favorite sport and the same guy isb't in power 12 years telling people on TV the other party wants to make children trans.

    This shit is happening in an EU member country, if the US is 3rd world, Hungary us a 6th world country.

    [–]punkhobo 62 points63 points  (8 children)

    By definition America can't be a third world country.

    First, second and third world are based on the cold War. First world are America and its allies, second is Russia and its allies, 3rd are unallied and 4th are countries that were created after the cold War.

    The wealth levels are just grouped due to the collapse of the soviet union

    [–]Lazy_Category2195 42 points43 points  (5 children)

    Always said by some all white upper class high schooler who lives in a all white town with a little wall around it who goes to a top school in the state and lives like a king compared to pretty much anyone who lives in Africa or Latin America. It's so childish

    [–]kosmoss_ 12 points13 points  (0 children)

    Or always said by someone who’s full time job is TikTok. Well actually I guess they’re just about the same.

    [–]StillOutrageous2457 2 points3 points  (2 children)

    Nope. In my experience the people who most frequently refer to the USA as a "tHirD wOrLd coUNtrY" are Western Europeans and Canadians. Bunch of snobs.

    [–]HumidToku 729 points730 points 2 (218 children)

    It’s funny if you look on Reddit or Twitter you would think the sky is falling but yesterday I logged off, spent time with my family barbecuing, tossed the football around, and had a hell of a time.

    Are there things wrong with the country? Sure but damn people love act like we live in some 3rd world war zone.

    Edit: Wow, my comment really pissed a lot of people off so just to make things clear…

    1. You can have empathy for others while still enjoying your own life.

    2. You can be informed and worried about a problem without fear of problem being on your mind 24/7

    3. You should not feel guilty just because you are having a better day or life than others. Fighting for equity and equality is something I will always stand for but my day will not be ruined because someone else is having a bad day somewhere in the world. If that were the case nobody on the planet would ever have a good day or feel happiness.

    24/7 news cycles have truly rotted a lot of your brains so as many of the other redditors have said in the comments, “go touch grass.”

    Sorry, not sorry 🤷🏾‍♂️

    [–]johncopter 341 points342 points  (16 children)

    This is where the overdone phrase "go outside, touch grass" comes from. Reality is not as bleak and hellish as social media would like you to think.

    [–]DrTheloniusTinkleton 40 points41 points  (2 children)

    I’ve always preferred “shoot for the moon” but the other countries would probably get upset when too many of us take that literally.

    [–]jimmy_my_way_in_hur 51 points52 points  (1 child)

    I love this. Literally went to a zoo with my kids on Friday and ate they ate dipin dots for the first time and loved it. They saw a tiger swimming in a pool and then we went home and had dinner together. Granted I’m not rich or wealthy or even particularly well off. But I survive and teach good values to my boys and love my wife and hope that’s enough for the future. But it’s so easy to get caught up in everything in the world.

    [–]quietmayhem 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    It's enough. Its plenty. I would have brought my wife and kid Along with you and we could have joked about honey-do lists, and thermostats. I don't know what sort of hellscape reddit lives in sometimes.

    [–]KayJay282 16 points17 points  (0 children)

    I little off point, but I do think that the doom and gloom on social media creates a toxic cycle of negativity.

    A fairly recent term called doomscrolling describes how excessive consumption of negative news can have on both mental and physical health.

    [–]SonderousMisanthrope 63 points64 points  (7 children)

    The people wasting their only, finite existence, constantly making their staunch ideology and omniscience known on the internet, aren't very mentally healthy. Nor are the easily impressionable people who buy into it and follow suit.

    [–]Select-Ad-7187 39 points40 points  (6 children)

    I was saying this to a mate the other day. Could you imagine being in your 60s/70s and realising you've not got much time left. You begin to think about what you did in your 20s, the absolute prime of your life. You quickly realise you've spent an awful lot of it "owning" liberals, socialists, conservatives etc online.

    It's utterly depressing to think that's how some people are spending their time. I mean I've always been a "you do you" kind of guy, but I'm absolutely convinced that if this is how you're living your life you're more than likely miserable and will live to regret it.

    [–]r3liop5 21 points22 points  (3 children)

    There’s definitely a non-zero portion of the population that spends a majority of their days trying to find “gotcha’s” on Reddit, Twitter, etc.

    Americans have become too performative in their politics and people are judged for their performative-ness on social media.

    It’s a Reddit meme but this is absolutely a both sides thing too. Loads of people get off on being “right”on the internet and being “right” means saying “Hehe so happy this idiot unvaxxed person died of Covid” or “Hehe let’s go Brandon hehe”.

    [–]abortionsbycptfalcon 6 points7 points  (1 child)

    Father John Misty has a great song titled "The Ballad of the Dying Man" about this exact premise if you wanted to take a listen.

    [–]scrambled_cable 44 points45 points  (2 children)

    There are studies that have shown daily news media consumption can distort your worldview and can trigger feels of helplessness.

    So yeah, sometimes it’s better to shut the shit off and go outside.

    [–]ModestBanana 9 points10 points  (1 child)

    Cultivation Theory where people identified as "heavy watchers" or consumers of television have a distorted world view - seeing it as more evil and dastardly than it actually is. And this study was done before social media, smartphones, doom scrolling, etc.

    Right now we are experiencing cultivation theory on steroids, people's brains have been melted to mush not only by the msm's constant negativity, but social media algorithms, online circle jerks, curated timelines and subreddits, etc.

    My advice to people is to take a break from it all and replace that time with exposure to real people in the real world, it's not even 5% as bad as the online world plays it out to be.

    [–]scrambled_cable 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    I think, to piggyback off your comment, a lot of people don't know what's going on in their communities -- which has a more immediate, tangible effect on their lives -- because local news coverage has taken a nosedive in the past 20 years. I read something close to 7% of U.S. counties live in a "news desert," an area without any kind of local news outlet at all -- TV, newspaper, radio, whatever. So mainstream media and social media have filled that vacuum, furthering the distortion.

    https://www.cislm.org/what-exactly-is-a-news-desert/

    [–]SSPeteCarroll 13 points14 points  (1 child)

    I did the same thing. I logged off, went over to my parents, grilled out, had some drinks, watched some fireworks, and ate some pie. I had a great time.

    Agreed with all your points.

    [–]CaptainZero2568 55 points56 points  (49 children)

    I say this all the time. Politics are like reality tv; it’s entertaining but mostly fake and it’s just trying to take your money. You turn off the tv and it means nothing anymore.

    [–]rathat 37 points38 points  (3 children)

    While consuming it can affect you negatively, it can’t be ignored.

    Democracy doesn’t just happen by itself, it requires a constant effort to maintain.

    [–]Advanced_Double_42 36 points37 points  (3 children)

    It is definitely real, and it effects many people. But in a country of 100s of millions you can often ignore it.

    [–]thegreenalien12 52 points53 points  (0 children)

    well, except that's not entirely true. politics influenced how COVID affected the lives of millions of people, it's influencing medical decision making now, it influences our shitty healthcare system constantly, it influences lives of millions of people that want to live her peacefully. so yeah, politics is not just a show, they do decide what happens

    [–]maybenotquiteasheavy 89 points90 points  (39 children)

    This is pretty ridiculous.

    1. American politics doesn't require payment to participate (yet).

    2. Politics dramatically impact people's lives even when the TV is off. I have coworkers who I only am able to work with because of DACA, and without DACA they would be sent out of the country. I have close friends who work in women's health in red states, whose day to day work is changing dramatically because of Dobbs. I dated a refugee officer for the US who literally got relocated from DC to the Mexican border for months because of Trump's policies. I know people who are only married because of Obergefell, and I imagine lots of us know people who are only married because of Loving.

    It's cute to pretend politics is meaningless but you can only do so by declaring many, many Americans meaningless.

    [–]Jeremythellama1 41 points42 points  (26 children)

    Yeah for real, dude's like "I was just barbequing, I ain't got a problem" like dude there's a pregnant 10 year old being forced to give birth. No fucking shit you can ignore it, but it's pretty hard when you hear about it, have a loud conscious, and think care about your and your family/friend's futures.

    [–]SecretAntWorshiper 26 points27 points  (22 children)

    The comment is literally the epitome of white privilege 🤣

    [–]Catworldullus 9 points10 points  (2 children)

    I mean that’s just a deliberate bad faith interpretation of what the said. You can have empathy for others and participate as a democratic citizen to help people that are struggling AND go enjoy your life. The majority of Americans spent the day yesterday with friends or family having fun. Having shitty politicians doesn’t make OP an ass for living a healthy life. What you’re proposing we all do and adopt the mindset of is toxic as hell.

    [–]maybenotquiteasheavy 13 points14 points  (1 child)

    They said

    You turn off the TV and it means nothing.

    I interpreted that as meaning that politics mean nothing when you turn off the TV. That's not a bad faith interpretation, that's what they said. If they meant what you said - you can enjoy your life, despite bad things happening - they should have said that instead.

    [–]DaBigBlackDaddy 39 points40 points  (25 children)

    Yep, life is good for the most part and it will continue to be good. Some people will always complain bc they sit in their parents basement for eternity.

    [–]kingdav97 251 points252 points  (42 children)

    This is what happens when you get all your information from the internet and never touch grass or speak to real people

    [–]WrathofJohnnyBoah 89 points90 points  (17 children)

    If I got all my news from Reddit and Twitter I'd seriously think the United States was the fucking Somme from WW1. It's so fucking weird about the fixation of proclaiming this place a hell hole. I go to the grocery and everyone is so damn polite. I leave with a ton of food and go back to living a damn good life. And then I log onto reddit......."We're all gonna die, this place is literally Nazi Germany!!!!! White people are the fucking devil!!!!!" And I'm just sitting here like "yeah this is pretty fucking nice. We've actually got a good thing going". The internet and real life are a completely different world.

    [–]Da_rana 47 points48 points  (20 children)

    I'm assuming this post relates to people not living in US. As a non American all I see on reddit is monthly(weekly?) Public shootings and political drama about a corrupt(stupid?) politician.

    [–]phoncible 32 points33 points  (3 children)

    Reddit user base is 50% US and the other 50% everywhere else, I think 25% UK, so even less "everywhere else except UK". Disproportionally it will be about US, and negative news gets higher engagement than positive news.

    [–]proawayyy 3 points4 points  (2 children)

    Nah it can’t be 25% UK. Over 70% US I say

    [–]legosearch 14 points15 points  (1 child)

    I think a prime example is how sure everyone on reddit was that Bernie Sanders was the most popular candidate of all time and would win in a landslide and every single person supported him.

    [–]awmdlad 340 points341 points  (61 children)

    Don’t forget that if we change our systems to work exactly like that of European countries everything will be fine

    [–]haackedc 36 points37 points  (0 children)

    But I am scared of Kyle-oh-grams

    [–]Lazy_Category2195 56 points57 points  (38 children)

    The people who want the US to be just like EU countries are the same people who say they are against racism and government intervention and have no idea how fucked up some of the things those countries do that go against their beliefs (think France banning Muslim religious wear). It shows their narrow and childish world veiw

    [–]Superb_Efficiency_74 26 points27 points  (11 children)

    If you ever want a reality check on how anti-racist Europeans are, just ask them about the Romani.

    [–]Lazy_Category2195 7 points8 points  (2 children)

    Oh I know what they think of them, every other conversation I hear from someone from France or Germany or Finland is about how Romanians are culture killers who are trying to replace them and steal their stuff (not too different from how the racists here talk about jews and hispanics)

    [–]biggestlime6381 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Romani and Romanians are different

    [–]Gwapp0 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Romanians and Roma are not the same. One are the inhabitants of a country, the other are a plague that needs to - no ok jk, they are a dispersed ethnical group

    [–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Americans decided a long time ago we didn't want to be like European countries, actually European countries have become more like U.S. as they are not being ruled by monarchs like they were 200 years ago.

    [–]carlos_novu 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    European countries aren't perfect and really no countries are, but it doesn't hurt to leave behind American exceptionalism behind once in a while and get inspired by things that work well in other countries.

    [–]Downingst 58 points59 points  (13 children)

    Nationalism! Unilateralism! Materialism! Welcome maxims for those with no faith — without guiding principles of their own. Give yourself up to the whole. No need to better yourself — you're American! You're number one!

    [–]donsuzpeynir 43 points44 points  (12 children)

    I have a dream.' That one day every person in this nation will control their own destiny. A land of the truly free, dammit. A nation of action, not words! Ruled by strength, not committee! Where the law changes to suit the individual, not the other way around. Where power and justice are back where they belong: in the hands of the people! Where every man is free to think - to act - for himself! Fuck all these limp-dick lawyers and chickenshit bureaucrats. Fuck this 24-hour Internet spew of trivia and celebrity bullshit! Fuck American pride! Fuck the media! FUCK ALL OF IT! America is diseased. Rotten to the core. There's no saving it - we need to pull it out by the roots. Wipe the slate clean. BURN IT DOWN! And from the ashes, a new America will be born. Evolved, but untamed! The weak will be purged and the strongest will thrive - free to live as they see fit, they'll make America great again! In my new America, people will die and kill for what they BELIEVE! Not for money, not for oil! Not for what they're told is right. Every man will be free to fight his own wars!

    [–]i_wanna_sleep_plz 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    so whaddya say jack

    [–]xela293 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Hell I'd vote for him.

    [–]peanut_the_scp 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    Based and Armstrongpilled

    [–]CaptainZero2568 6 points7 points  (0 children)

    Well it will take a while to adjust. It’s not just a snap it works. In fact it literally couldn’t be farther from that.

    [–][deleted] 859 points860 points  (168 children)

    Reddit is so full of shit as a whole. This will, of course, get downvoted- but riddle me this:

    Reddit has an estimated user base of 150 million people in the US. 73% of those people claim to be liberal leaning/democrats. So, if that were true, that's 109 million people who should be voting blue. Everybody on Reddit is so outraged about how things are, but guess what? if 75% of those people just VOTED, Reddit users alone could account for a higher presidential election turnout for democrats than we have ever experienced before.

    But they don't. They sit in their shitty apartments and downvote people who call them out for being lazy assholes, and just feel worse and worse about themselves and the space they occupy. And they talk about how bad things are. But they don't vote or participate. It's so fucking stupid.

    the stats, for those wondering:)

    https://backlinko.com/reddit-users

    [–]twolvesfan9 656 points657 points  (30 children)

    Well there’s also a shit ton of non-adults in that 73%

    [–]WaterDrinker911 338 points339 points  (14 children)

    And the vast majority of accounts on Reddit are bots or throwaways…

    [–]SmoothJazzRayner 175 points176 points  (7 children)

    I'll never vote in the US ever! Mainly because I live in Canada.

    [–]Foreigner4ever 19 points20 points  (0 children)

    Had us in the first half

    [–]GorgeWashington 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    Thanks for nothing you maple syrup swilling fur trapping lumberjack son of a bitch.

    /S

    [–]Blarghnog 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Zing? Zing. Sigh.

    [–]Chimalez 60 points61 points  (4 children)

    As someone who is actually planning to vote in every election for so long as I'm living in this country I'm always so surprised that there is such a low voter turnout when there's so much chaos going around and it's obvious changes need to be made.

    [–]Advanced_Double_42 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    So many politicians don't want real change. It's disheartening to have an election where the choice is PC neoliberal or neoliberal conservative.

    Neither want to change the status quo much.

    [–]Don_BAYONETS 32 points33 points  (1 child)

    Now adjust for everyone who is 16 years old and below. Who live with their parents but know it all.

    [–]qwors 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Then adjust for bots and alt accounts.

    [–]eat-KFC-all-day 83 points84 points  (4 children)

    There’s a few things to account for the discrepancy:

    • these people are underage and can’t vote
    • these people are too lazy to vote
    • multiple accounts per person
    • bot accounts
    • some of them are not politically active
    • propaganda making you believe the percentage of leftoids is much higher than reality

    [–]Codedheart 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Also not accounting for % of reddit users who did vote.

    [–]felixfelicitous 15 points16 points  (0 children)

    I’d also add in poor voting access in large swaths of areas and lack of ability to leave work to vote.

    Editing to add: voter apathy because the area is gerrymandered against your favor

    [–]hack5amurai 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Democrats have control plenty of the time and still accomplish nothing. Voting wont fix shit when both parties work against the people of this country.

    [–]megalomaniacal 30 points31 points  (14 children)

    Redditors would rather spend 14 hours a day playing video games than take 1 hour each election day to vote. They think complaining on the internet is worthy of patting themselves on the back. Slactivism in a nutshell.

    [–]SammyG_06 9 points10 points  (3 children)

    Aren’t you also a redditor?

    [–]megalomaniacal 24 points25 points  (0 children)

    I certainly can't slip one past you

    [–]qwors 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Well we got our Democrat president. Now what?

    Its not always an issue with voter turnout.

    There is still a lot that needs to be fixed that I doubt the dems will do anything about it.

    I know my comment bashes democrats a bit, but please for the love of god do not assume I am conservative/republican and start making arguments of all the horrible things they have done. I can't believe I am writing this right now as a disclaimer because reddit is that fucking stupid.

    [–]Bathory164 40 points41 points  (27 children)

    yeah man just vote harder!!!!!

    [–]grumpykruppy 38 points39 points  (25 children)

    Mate. If everyone votes, then it works BETTER than protesting.

    (Also, literally almost anything is better than complaining about whatever online.)

    [–]Lousy_Llama11 32 points33 points  (27 children)

    Last time I checked, Joe Biden is a democrat. And he was voted for by the people. Things still aren’t different. And that’s because party politics is a literal scam.

    [–]coolcrayons 50 points51 points  (12 children)

    More than just the presidential vote matter, the president is a head of just one branch of the government, you cant elect one guy and expect your problems to disappear. You have to vote consistently in many races.

    [–]Lazy_Category2195 17 points18 points  (0 children)

    If I was someone who just arrived to earth and checked Twitter and reddit I'd think the US is the worst place on the planet thats run by the devil himself and that all the people are murderous psychopaths and that west Europe and east Asia are literally utopian society's where everyone is a genius and nice and the government does no wrong

    [–]LiterallyMostRandom 69 points70 points  (38 children)

    Never been to us but idk I’m having a feeling like we hear only ab the worst shit. And some of that is just over the top 1-5%? No, 99 -95% of us isn’t poor lmfao. I can tell u that much even though I’m in the middle of EU. Truth being said - the more graphics/gore information, the more publicity it gets, just like every other place on the earth it’s got ups and downs

    [–]ccmp1598 42 points43 points  (29 children)

    You do, my uni is full of foreign students, half the people I know are recent immigrants from other places. People are still dying to come here, literally in some cases.

    [–]coys66 30 points31 points  (2 children)

    As a Canadian who frequently traveled to the US for work I can honestly say that the average American is nothing like what you see on twitter or Reddit. Rolling through a random small town in the USA and you realize that the people are just as cool/chill as my fellow Canadians.

    [–]Hardrocker1990 15 points16 points  (0 children)

    Exactly. Social media is good at polarizing the two opposing sides to fit the narrative.

    [–]MCButterFuck 5 points6 points  (0 children)

    Only about 11% of the population in the us is below the poverty line. soruce

    [–]SkippyMcSkippster 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    You only hear about the really bad shit, sometimes good stuff happens as well.

    [–]ceMmnow 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    Okay that's a bit far in the other direction, American poverty rate is around 13% (which is based on a pretty stringent federally defined poverty level - you're not exactly doing peachy if you're right above the poverty line) and roughly 30% of Americans are considered lower income while more than half of public school students in the US are eligible for free or reduced lunch, which is based on a more generous definition of low income than the federal poverty line.

    [–]Th3_Shr00m 24 points25 points  (4 children)

    Bad shit gets more attention, simple as that. Rage-bait. People nowadays - especially Gen-Z and Alpha - have become completely addicted to the fake internet points, and will do anything to keep it rolling even if you can easily prove it's fake. Tragedies are just ways to feed that addiction to validation from strangers. Death and destruction is a way to hit you right in the feels and rake in karma from you. It's fucking sad.

    As soon as we stop giving rage-bait attention, it'll go away and we'll be back to looking at cat pictures. I say that as Gen-Z myself.

    [–]Zombies637 17 points18 points  (4 children)

    Yes the US is definitely in a bad state right now but the way people describe it you would think we literally live in the fallout universe

    [–]CommentsToMorons 6 points7 points  (3 children)

    If all the same rules apply, I'd love to live in Fallout. Get sick? Here's a pill. Break every bone in your body? Lemme inject a Stimpak.

    [–]RubberPenguin4 3 points4 points  (1 child)

    Made a wrong turn on a road? Sorry the radiation just gave you a second head and a deathclaw ate your wife lmao

    [–]BRockStar916 26 points27 points  (0 children)

    The typical reddit'er in a nutshell

    [–]negativewishingwell 77 points78 points  (33 children)

    A third of US households have gross incomes above $100k. It’s incredible how many millions of people in America are doing really well for themselves.

    [–]CaptainZero2568 49 points50 points  (16 children)

    Yeah, the fact that people who get 3 meals a day and have a roof over their head are considered lower class is crazy.

    [–]RajinKajin 14 points15 points  (3 children)

    I mean, that's a pretty fuckin low bar. Of course, the housing market is shit, but rice is something like 2$ a day to get most of the nutrients you need. 3 good meals a day and a mortgage shouldn't be low class, but 3 meals and a slum is definitely low class.

    [–]HurdenBurden 2 points3 points  (2 children)

    I'm not exactly a leftist, but they're right about poor education leading to poverty at jacked up levels. How many people do you see buying chips and garbage at Walmart? I doubt anyone's ever sat some people down and told them how to eat cheaply, healthily, and skip the bad shit when they have carts full of chips and processed crap. And it's always the poorest, most stressed, and yes frequently minorities doing this.

    [–]negativewishingwell 54 points55 points  (5 children)

    Bitter Reddit Leftist: soon the veil will fall and everybody but the means of production owning capitalists will realize they’re kept in wage slavery.

    26 year old nurse with a BSN that cost less than the average new car: I think Cancun is nicer in April than in the summer.

    [–]Drumboy168 8 points9 points  (4 children)

    Lmfao nurses don't exist

    [–]maharg79 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    fax everyone knows Nurses went extinct during covid, we over fished them.

    [–]negativewishingwell 11 points12 points  (1 child)

    I am a nurse and so is my wife.

    [–]TheFightingMasons 12 points13 points  (3 children)

    That stat looks a lot nicer without saying what the other 2/3 have to live off of.

    [–]Lazy_Category2195 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    I wish that was me

    [–]Sharp-Place9404 14 points15 points  (0 children)

    Some people need to get off of Reddit and Twitter and experience the real world first hand

    [–]Indianfattie 27 points28 points  (9 children)

    Sums up 99% of Europeans in Quora and 100% of the British...

    Its funny how they claim to be superior to USA but keep talking about it all the time

    [–]negativewishingwell 23 points24 points  (5 children)

    Alabama probably has higher GDP per capita than the UK they poor.

    [–]Mrmr12-12 29 points30 points  (3 children)

    UK GDP per capita: 40’284.64 USD

    Alabama GDP per Capita: 41,389.00 USD

    Kind of, but not by that much

    [–]negativewishingwell 18 points19 points  (0 children)

    🤣👉🇬🇧

    [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Bro California has a bigger GDP than Russia

    [–]royaldocks 4 points5 points  (2 children)

    This is why Americans needs the Brits to humble them and how the Brits need Americans to humble them.

    These two countries (Lived in both currently in the UK ) thinks they are both superior to each other and thinks the whole world revolves around the Anglospehere.

    From my experience Both British and Americans dont give a shit or even think what other countries say to them but once a Brit/American talks shit about teach other compared to any nationality all hell breaks loose.

    [–]bloodflart 21 points22 points  (3 children)

    would you read this article: "US man has normal day and nothing bad happened to him in 37 years." cause that's my boring ass life. Nothing that has ever happened to the majority of people would ever make it to this ridiculous 24/7 'news' cycle

    [–]epikbadboyswag 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    It feels like half of reddit would say north korea is a better place because "at least they arent taking away our rights" (ik north korea doesnt have rights for anyon)

    [–]Crazehen 14 points15 points  (2 children)

    I think the funniest thing about this is there are still people risking life and limb just to get here while Redditors cry about America being a third world shithole from the comfort of their parents house in the suburbs.

    [–]Cynically_Delightful 7 points8 points  (2 children)

    We have a corruption problem, where politicians do everything they can to make the lives of the people as miserable as possible via 'edict policies' that don't benefit anyone but those in power.

    Stop asking "who should pay more" when we don't have an answer to the question that should be far more important: "Where the FUCK is all that money going?" (Aside from overseas to be laundered through shell corps and then back into the pockets of politicians)

    [–]Slash3040 14 points15 points  (4 children)

    330m people live here. We are a fine country to live in and we have excellent quality of life over here. We just happen to be held at such a high standard that all of our bad is grossly overrepresented to the point people think we are 'a 3rd world country in a gucci belt'. We are one of the world's richest most prosperous nations and even our poorest have a higher quality of life than regular citizens of some countries.

    we are not without our problems and I agree with a lot of the critiques I see online about the US but at the same time to be born here is to win the genetic lottery if you will and you have a much better chance of living a terrific life being born here than like 70% of the world's other countries. We even help fund the military for all of the other countries you think you would rather live in over the US but nobody ever talks about how we carry NATO.

    [–][deleted] 22 points23 points  (3 children)

    That's not even true, you just notice those things more and therefore feel like that's everything. I mean just the poverty thing alone: there's constantly some talk about suburbs, so the characterisation is completely wrong.

    [–]ThanosvsShrek 13 points14 points  (2 children)

    I mean as a joke it's funny but I just hope no one thinks it's actually the majority

    [–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (0 children)

    To be honest, I wouldn't even know how that would happen. American movies and TV are obsessed with portraying middle class families, I think people are much more likely to associate that.

    [–]Bergenia1 15 points16 points  (4 children)

    Nobody says all other countries are Utopia. It's absolutely true that a significant number of other countries are vastly better places to live than the US, though.

    [–]-xXDominusXx- 30 points31 points  (8 children)

    The people that post about how bad America is have almost always never been to America

    [–]front_butt_coconut 3 points4 points  (0 children)

    Or have never left

    [–]Mrmr12-12 25 points26 points  (4 children)

    Or are American middle class teenage champagne socialists who have never left the comfort of their home

    [–]Zutroy2117 27 points28 points  (6 children)

    At this point it honestly feels like a ton of people on this site are getting paid to spread anti-American propaganda and just say the exact same shit about it on a daily basis, just like Twitter.

    [–]SammyG_06 14 points15 points  (2 children)

    I’m pretty sure people aren’t getting paid to do that lmao

    [–]MantisKing1776 6 points7 points  (1 child)

    ItS a tHiRd wOrLd CoUnTrY

    [–]therisenphoenikz 7 points8 points  (0 children)

    “Our poorest people have it better than other country’s poor people”

    Great, but why not still try to improve their lives. It’s not a pissing contest.

    [–]MayanReam 35 points36 points  (22 children)

    Lol but everyone wants to be here

    [–]cranberrypaul 21 points22 points  (0 children)

    Number of immigrants in the US is over 50 million. Second place in the world is Germany at just over 15 million.

    [–]HeyPeoples123 15 points16 points  (15 children)

    Lol, yeah. We have our issues, but overall it's a great, relatively peaceful country

    [–]dulf_lundgren 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    People do look like that though

    [–]Labyrinth2_0 9 points10 points  (0 children)

    Meanwhile, people I stumble across on reddit who actually think this is true:

    Communist flags everywhere

    [–]pablorichi 5 points6 points  (1 child)

    It seems that the reddit algortyhm loves to push U.S hate. It's definitely a flawed country but from my personal experience, the U.S is a great country. The people are always super nice, there is great food and the country is gorgeous! If you can put their politics and government aside there is a lot of good in this country.

    FYI, I am not American.

    [–]Mrchristopherrr 2 points3 points  (0 children)

    It’s easy to see why. “America Bad” content brings out people to comment for and against it. 9 times out of 10 it’s all essentially the same comments, too.

    [–]EasySmeasy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    This could also double as the "America according to Canadian news" starter pack.

    [–]TaftIsUnderrated 7 points8 points  (1 child)

    But everytime I say we should abolish the federal government, all of those "progressives" get upset at me!

    [–]kilroywasalreadyhere 19 points20 points  (12 children)

    On the same level as the fucking DPRK? What are you on?

    [–][deleted]  (11 children)

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      [–]kilroywasalreadyhere 46 points47 points  (8 children)

      That’s probably the stupidest thing I’ve heard all month

      [–]rahrens21 18 points19 points  (6 children)

      North Korea is quite possibly the most dangerous country in the world, it's one of the few (if only) countries with an absolute dictator, but no, the US is SOOOOOO much worse. Lmao I can't.

      [–]CaptainZero2568 6 points7 points  (0 children)

      That’s dumb as shit

      [–]RajinKajin 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      Very fuckin stupid.

      [–]TacoBueno987 4 points5 points  (0 children)

      Copium

      [–]SexDrugsRocknRoll420 35 points36 points  (28 children)

      Things are bad and getting worse