How Far Has The U.S. Fallen? America Leads The World In These 36 Shocking Categories…

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The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate our independence from Great Britain and to remember all of the sacrifices that our forefathers made to make this country great.  But is America still great today?  Have we squandered our inheritance?  Have we wrecked the great nation that previous generations handed down to us?  Those may sound like harsh questions, but the truth is that most Americans know that the United States is in decline.  In fact, a recent Rasmussen survey found that 49 percent of all Americans believe that the best days of America are in the past and only 35 percent believe that the best days of America are in the future.  Those are staggering numbers, and they are an indication that we need to take a good, long look at ourselves in the mirror.  Did we lose our way somehow?  If so, can we find our way back to where we were before?  We are a nation which is in trouble physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and financially.  Our house is crumbling and our foundations are rotting away.  We are in desperate need of national renewal.  The following are 36 embarrassing categories in which America leads the world…

#1 Of all the major industrialized nations, America is the most obese.  Mexico is #2.  Back in 1962, only 13 percent of all Americans were obese.  Today, approximately 36 percent of all Americans are obese.

#2 America leads the world in soft drink consumption by a wide margin.  Today, the average American drinks more than 600 sodas a year.

#3 America is tied with the UK for the highest average number of hours spent watching television each week.

#4 More people have been diagnosed with mental disorders in America than anywhere else.

#5 America has the highest divorce rate in the world by a good margin.

#6 America has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet.  According to the Pew Research Center, only 51 percent of all American adults are currently married.  Back in 1960, 72 percent of all adults in the United States were married.

#7 America has the most car thefts in the world by far.  Things are particularly bad on the west coast.

#8 America has the highest motor vehicle death rate on the globe.

#9 Americans spend more time sitting in traffic than anyone else in the world.

#10 America has the largest trade deficit in the world every single year.  In fact, nobody ever comes close.  That means that we buy far, far more stuff from the rest of the world than they buy from us.  Overall, the United States has run a trade deficit of more than 8 trillion dollars with the rest of the world since 1975.  That 8 trillion dollars could have gone to support U.S. workers and U.S. businesses, but instead all of that money left the country.  We constantly have more money leaving the United States than coming into it.

#11 Americans have more student loan debt than anyone else in the world.

#12 Americans have more mortgage debt than anyone else in the world.

#13 Americans have more credit card debt than anyone else in the world.

#14 America leads the world in illegal immigration.  And according to the Washington Times, since the year 2000 the number of jobs held by immigrants has grown by more than 5 million while the number of jobs held by native-born Americans has actually decreased…

Immigrants — both legal and illegal — have accounted for all of the job gains in the U.S. labor market since 2000, according to a report that highlights the stiff competition for jobs in a tight economy as Congress debates adding more workers to the mix.

The Center for Immigration Studies report, which is being released Wednesday, says 22.4 million immigrants of working age held jobs at the beginning of this year, up 5.3 million over the total in 2000. But native-born workers with jobs dropped 1.3 million over that same period, from 114.8 million to 113.5 million.

#15 America leads the world in outrageous security measures.

#16 America has the highest incarceration rate and the largest total prison population in the entire world by a wide margin.

#17 There are more reported rapes in the United States each year than anywhere else in the world.

#18 There are more reported murders in the United States each year than anywhere else in the world.

#19 There are more total crimes in the United States each year than anywhere else in the world.

#20 America leads the world in money given to fake charities.

#21 America leads the world in plastic surgery procedures performed each year.

#22 America has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world by a very wide margin.

#23 America has the highest STD infection rate in the entire industrialized world.

#24 America produces more pornography than any other nation in the world.

#25 America leads the world in the number of protesters that chant “Hail Satan” while cheering on the murder of innocent babies.

#26 America leads the world in the percentage of women taking antidepressants.

#27 America leads the world in prescription drug consumption.  According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug.  An astounding 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.  Overall, Americans will spend more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs during 2013.

#28 America has the highest rate of illegal drug use on the entire planet.

#29 America spends 7 times more on the military than any other nation on the planet does.  In fact, U.S. military spending is greater than the military spending of China, Russia, Japan, India, and the rest of NATO combined.

#30 America exports more arms to other countries than anyone else in the world.

#31 America leads the world in nuclear tests.  In fact, over the years the U.S. has conducted more nuclear tests than the rest of the planet combined.

#32 Americans spend more money on elections than anyone else does in the world by a very wide margin.

#33 America has the most laws on the entire planet.  Many of them are completely and utterly ridiculous.

#34 America has the most lawyers per capita in the entire world.

#35 America leads the world in government waste.  For example, the U.S. State Department spent $630,000 to get more Facebook “likes” between 2011 and March 2013.

#36 America has the largest national debt in the history of the world.  Back in 1980, the U.S. national debt was less than one trillion dollars.  Today, it is rapidly approaching 17 trillion dollars.

So as we celebrate another Independence Day, perhaps we should take some time out and really look at ourselves in the mirror.

The truth is that until we admit just how bad things have gotten, we will never be ready to accept the needed solutions.

If those that founded this country could see us now they would surely be deeply ashamed.  In fact, a lot of Americans don’t even know why we celebrate July 4th

So what do you think?

Am I being too harsh?

Are there any things that you would add to this list?

Please feel free to share your opinion by posting a comment below…

About the author: Michael T. Snyder is a former Washington D.C. attorney who now publishes The Truth.  His new novel entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on

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  • Biased?

    Whipe #25 off this damned list! Some stupid girl who thinks she’s funny made an even stupider comment, that’s it. One woman means nothing and you self entitled Christians think you have a reason to cry over it. Stop this nonsense.

  • Dave Webb

    Each one of this list is entitled to an article all of its own. It is far too complicated for a simple list of things wrong with this country.

    I was once told by a very wise person that you cannot make mistakes if you do not do anything at all.

    A lot of what is wrong happens in the U.S. Congress,
    We have more lawyers than any other country in the world.
    Lawyers spend 3 years learning how to create problems and one year learning how to solve them. That is part of what is wrong. 99% of the Congress have law degrees. Seems to be a connection.
    If you or I exhorted funds like lawyers do we would be arrested.
    We have so many illegitimate children for a reason. People are taught bad values in the government run education system. This is the result of Humanism being taught as gospel in our schools. It is all right according to our laws for two people to live together without benefit of marriage.
    So women get pregnant. Men leave. Men do not pay the ridiculously high child support that the courts demand and then do not enforce. See a lawyer involved here somewhere?
    The food pyramid of nutrition put out by our government is totally wrong. No wonder we are fat. There are a number of good doctors on line who have exposed this with almost no results. A fat family I know asked me to take them to the grocery. So I did. What they ate in their grocery cart put my hair on end. It was full of diet pop, potato chips, cupcakes, and other things bad for you. These women were diabetic, old, over 300 pounds, and had no clue as to what they should be eating. Education was lacking.
    Every prisoner in our system costs us enormous amounts of money to keep them. I suggest they do not know how to make a living. They may be druggies. No one wants to hire failures. It is a revolving door. I suggest a combination of vocational school and military basic training might help. The three key words of failure are Should, Could, Would. Followed by “THEY” in sentences.

    Druggies are ruined. Nothing we can say or do will reform a slave. And these people will do anything to get their drugs. The only successful program I know of is AA. It is successful because it teaches Christian Values along with steps to get rid of addiction. Drugs are one of the most successful industries in this country despite anything the law has tried to do about it. And the peoples addicted are slaves.
    Addiction takes many forms. Tobacco and Alcohol are legal addictions. See how many people you know have this addiction.
    We are addicted to bad debt! When it all comes tumbling down, many will be hurt. But it is all our own fault for allowing politicians to run crazy with throwing us to the debt wolves. These people have literally sold us down the river and we are responsible for letting them.
    The education system was designed to keep people in a form of industrial slavery. 12-16 years of sitting in classrooms learning useless information that qualifies people to sling hamburgers or other menial labor.

    China may very well own the world before it is all over with.
    But that is ot their fault. It is ours.
    Part of the problem is our controlled news media. Instead of responsible reporting we have let it be owned lock stock and barrel by corporate interests.
    Part of the problem is our Congress getting away with criminal behavior like exemptions from the laws they create.
    More important is people not taught values by our churches. That every action has a reaction. So if you live together instead of marrying, there are results you may not like down the road. If you divorce instead of obeying God and your promises in marriage, there are problems you will face down the road.
    Like I said in the beginning this is way too complicated for one article.

  • David Wallis

    It is easy to choose only the wrong answers from people to skew a particular point of view (even if it is supposed to be farcical). So, ‘fess up: how many people got it right out of all those questioned?

    • Charlie Kelley

      Your speaking of the video and I agree. I would like to see the unedited version so it shows how many Americans DO know American history. He was obviously telling people that knew the answer to shut up because he wanted to show the people that didn’t know. Any POLL or SURVEY can say anything you want, if you know what you’re expected outcome is.

  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

    Unfortunately, there have been some people that have chosen to write false things about me and post them on the Internet. Normally I would ignore such things, but they have caused some confusion. So I am setting the record straight.

    Who Is Michael Snyder?…


  • SafetyViking

    Sorry, but #25….what in the world is this ‘fact’ based upon?

    • SafetyViking

      You people must hear what you want to hear…to drum up even more support for whatever delusional “cause” you believe in.

      That’s NOT what those people were ‘chanting’….

      And to ‘hammerstrike’…(and what are you compensating for with a name like that, I wonder…)

      Oh OK…

      It’s on the internet, posted by a blogger, so it MUST be true?

      It must be very sad for you…no one takes you seriously, so you resort to name-calling like an impetuous child…

      Open a vein….

      • Louise in MO

        My take is that we have more Satan worshippers in this country than others. Satanists do use human sacrifice.

        Don’t believe it?…google it and read when you have lots of time.

        • SafetyViking


          Because EVERYTHING you read on the internet is true, right?

          • Louise in MO

            When it’s backed up by several or more sources, I do.

          • Robert Norman Butler

            It IS true. Common knowledge even before the internet.

      • Charlie Kelley

        Actually, yes they were. I’ve see the video and it’s very distinctly, “Hail Satan”!

  • Saul Prompt

    #25 is my favorite American activity.

  • hizman

    Nearly a half of the above statements are false. The authors knows nothing about places like India, China, Russia, and Africa. By far most criteria, America is still a paradise comparing to those parts of the world.

    • SafetyViking

      THANK YOU!

      This was once a pretty good site with some thought-provoking articles. It is now on a parallel with the lunacy of Alex “EVERYTHING is a conspiracy!”Jones…

    • Enrique

      15 security measures. how does banning fireworks on fourth of July compare to all the checkpoints, and military occupation in the west bank. This author needs to check his facts

  • esther426

    Isnt #29 incorrect by now? Owebama has succeeded in hollowing out every branch of our military and everything related to it, including neglecting limbless returning soldiers.

    • Charlie Kelley

      Actually it is true. I’m in the Military and he has hollowed us out and continues to do so and not only does he not support vets, we’re considered #1 on his “home terrorists” watchlist. What #29 is talking about is the money that is being spent. What do you think 16 BILLION rounds of ammo costs? That’s not for the military either, that’s for DHS and the IRS! He’s spending all that money to prepare his HOMELAND security force for the coming MARTIAL LAW!

      • huskylobito

        Wt.heck you are scaring the crap outta me. Are we going to have curfews and sh!? And how soon? Gotta get my candles ready.

        • Cameron Vance

          Logic dictates that the longer the time period, the more likely a specific event is likely to occur at some point. In this issue, it is martial law; at some point in time, martial law will eventually be declared in the US. However, that doesn’t mean that it will happen now, though. Of course, it doesn’t mean that it WON’T happen now or in the near future
          , either. Heck, for all I know, the government could’ve enacted it a while back, and have been slowly fooling us into thinking everything is all rose colored. 😛

      • HyperChicken

        PTSD :(

  • seth datta

    The Dice Video shows that most humans are sheeple and canNOT think for themselves; hence why liberty must always be fought for with each generation as humans forget easily, are apathetic and poorly principled IN MOST/ANY COUNTRY.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Most of these problems are personal failures. Not the government’s nor the country’s.

    • Louise in MO

      The people make up the country and elect most of the govt.

    • r

      yes…and esp. due to their BIG TIME GULLIBILITIES.

      If not for their gullibility, they couldn’t be suckered by the bankers – and we would all have a wonderful world already.

  • Rebecca in TN

    Anyone ever watch the movie Idiocracy? It’s happening right now, here in America….

  • rbblum

    Wonder how the United States of America today compares to the days when the Roman Empire fell.

  • Louise in MO

    I certainly do not think you are being too brash! I just wish you could get this message out to every citizen in this country.

    As I read through the list it appears to me that there are three basic areas at fault. One is immorality, two is greed, three is criminal behavoir. Put them all together and you have the downfall of America.

    The immorality factor is HUGE. Free love without restriction is epidemic. It leads to many of your statistics.

    Greed leads to enormous debt, loss of homes etc.

    Criminal behavoir …see Immorality and Greed.

  • SafetyViking

    How very christian of you….

    • Hammerstrike

      Christian? Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!

  • vinzerx

    I dunno. Some of these statements may simply be due to Americans being more diligent in reporting things like crime than other nations. I know for a fact that where I am (a third-world country), there are plenty of rapes and murders that go unreported simply because people don’t trust the police to do anything anymore (with many officers being the perpetrators themselves). Also, seeing a shrink is out of most people’s budgets, so there are less diagnosed mental disorders here on record.

  • Carvin

    Gun violence. The fact that you forgot gun violence (though remembered car theft) displays political bias. Worst list of this type.

    Too many qualifiers too… or just plain sounding like crap.

  • MindNinja

    Sure there are idiosyncrasies with the facts reported above, but as a traveller of the world, I know we are not who we used to be. I have literally been around the world for requirements of my duties and in all of the places I have been, people asked the same question “What happened to America.” I love what this country means and she is a beacon of light to many, but we have become our own worst enemy in that time. Safety Viking, you exclaim that we re non-factual and are conspiratory in nature, but has not history provided prudence in these thoughts? If we allow tyranny, have we not fallen? You can surmise adolescence in these posts, but I believe that with all dispositions there must be a semblance of truth. If America has forgotten the face of her father, then the future will only portend the continued failings of her present. If you feel otherwise, I beg you to provide truth to my presumptions.

  • Kelsea

    Makes me think even more about trying to leave

  • HyperChicken

    Hail Satan!

  • frustrated_ayfkm

    Hail Satan while cheering on the murder of innocent babies? WTF are you smoking?