I think this because in order for a country to be a first world country, it needs equality and a fair justice system, as well as a way to escape and rise above the poverty system.
Well when you make up your own definitions for things, you are welcome to arbitrarily decide that anything is or is not one of those things. I, for example, don't consider bananas to be a fruit, since in order for a thing to be a fruit I believe it must be generally spherical. Therefore bananas are not fruit.
If you're going to start getting as picky as you want to be about how exclusive the "First World Country" sorority is, you're going to have to break those distinctions down into way, way more than three groups, 'cause I'm afraid we're still pretty damn attractive compared to most of the campus even with that zit on our nose.
Ew, who would eat smelly, rotten mutated American food? Only Americans. Nobody in the East with a brain would dare touch your disgusting genetically modified food. The only advantage that Americans have is that they put 90% of their economy and wealth into their military.
It's politically stable, productive, and high-quality services are available, but it's essentially a banana republic run by and for the ultra-rich overclass. It's not a bad place to live if you're willing to keep your head down and be a good corporate serf.
The terminology comes from the Cold War period and was used to describe the political alignment of a nation. The United States, United Kingdom, and their allies were considered "First World" countries. The Soviet Union, China, and their allies were considered "Second World" countries. Neutral and unaligned nations were considered "Third World" countries.
Do you know the definition of a first world country? It's based on wealth and socio-political factors, like democratic elections and where most of the country is industrialized.
Maybe the word you are looking for is hypocritical? Of course it is. I was reading up on the bill of rights (replenishing my constitution knowledge) and there is a lot of bullshit that can plague anyone in the LGBT. Especially the ones that state "only can discriminate if you happen to xyz," usually state laws. Of course there was the Occupy failure, some friendly assemblies were friendly and they would get sprayed or tased. But most were just a homeless people round up. Some weren't treated fair, and others policemen were doing their job.
And about gun laws, I doubt the south will give their guns up without a fight. They seceded from the Union when they couldn't have slaves. There are so many shootings happening here, I can't believe there aren't any kind of gun restrictions.
America has always been hypocritical, since the very beginning. Have you heard of the Dred Scott case? Or anything about the Transcontinental with Durant? They were openly corrupt.
But there are plenty of good things going on right now. We have good infrastructure, okay schools, clean water. That's what makes it a first world country.
According to your profile, you're from France. Being in France and not the USA, what makes you think you're entitled to write this kind of statement? You really aren't. Not trying to be really offensive here, but honestly. America isn't perfect, but you need to know your facts and understand those facts before you come up with this. That said, I'll put in my two cents.
a) This is hugely controversial in this country. It's changing everywhere. Not many states have legally worked in it to the system yet, no, but the public opinion of tolerance is shifting drastically. Slowly? Sure, but we had democracy when you still had a king. Marriage is legal in some states. As is adoption (the process may be more difficult, but it is not illegal. Recently, in a nearby state, a gay couple was voted "adoptive parents of the year" by the agency.) And gay boys do not get hanged on our news. Homosexuals are protected by our laws just the same as any other citizen. Are they prejudiced against? Yes, but not in our workplaces or legal systems. Are they lynched? No.
b) EXTREMELY easy to corrupt a judge, huh? It's not, actually. The unfairness of the justice system lies more in our setup with the lawyers. Not the judges. But we did come up with fair trials when France was still beheading people.
Only some states use the death penalty. Not all. It's controversial. The death penalty is reserved for capital cases-- not special cases. If an abused woman kills her husband, she'll go to prison, but she won't be executed. Executions are usually reserved for people who have committed very violent, cold-blooded, cruel murders. I do not personally support the death penalty, but it is not used willy-nilly like you insinuate.
Our health care system was just overhauled. It's not perfect, but it's not quite as messed up as it was.
c) I'm fairly sure France is not free of violent crime. The right to bear arms issue is another extremely controversial one. Our gun laws have been changed, and are also being overhauled (the Amendments are not the only laws we have. We rarely amend the Constitution, but we put new laws into place all the time). In Norway there was just a shooting spree, though-- psychopathic people with guns is not a problem unique to America.
What America does have that European countries don't is a fundamentalist Christian right wing. This began with democracy-- with our freedom of religion. That freedom gave people the right to worship whatever god they want in whatever way they want, but it also gave them the right to take their religion as far and extremely as it goes. There are many, many moderate, liberal Americans who want tight gun regulations, equal rights for gays, and better healthcare. There are also a lot of Tea Party Republicans in power right now.
Also, the labels of first world, second world, third world et cetera-- while also no longer politically correct in America-- refer to economic standing, not social justice standings.
Pfft. Since my post was too long to read, of course you'd be a good judge of that. I am not impressed with French chicks at all! You do know that a lot of people find posters who post something and then turn aggressive / uncreative with responses like this kind of amusing?
I hope to share with you that it reflects poorly on you to create an arbitrary definition for something considered to be as negative as "Third World" as the basis to publicly belittle a whole country you don't live in and have never been to, and then defend that as your 'opinion', as if that absolves you of the gross assumptions made about what life is like here.
That's usually the behavior of what Europeans would call the "Ugly American". Only it's not an American displaying it at the moment.
I'm actually with you on being against the death penalty, for much the same reason. It might shock you to hear that not every state employs it. About 1/3 of the 50 states have abolished it
While I disagree with your position on health care, I am open to discussion on other alternatives regarding solving these complex issues. Personally I also don't think the state should be concerned with marriage in the first place, leaving it rather up to individual Churches to decide who they would or would not permit to marry, and let the state come up with some other name for the legal rights associated between persons.
My family has hosted foreign exchange students, most of whom came from Europe, and each of them were in their own way kind of shocked to see how different life here was from the what the stereotype they imagined it was. On a trip to Texas, they thought that when we crossed into it, it would be deserts, cacti and cowboys right away (it's in western Texas you find these things).
Jesus fucking christ, I am tired of this shit! NO WHERE IN MY FUCKING OPINION DID I STATE THAT AMERICA IS A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY!
How could you disagree with universal health care? You have to be either fucking stupid or fucking evil, because the people who disagree are usually dumshits who don't know shit about fuck all, or the people who think that sick people should pay for themselves.
Seriously, why in the world would you disagree with such an easy and universally excepted notion, other then "Its my money and I do what I want with it!" Oh, I'm sorry, is an extra 500 dollars of taxes to pay for some cancer ridden little girl too much to ask for? Dawwww...
Jesus fuck, this why I'm happy to live under the European union. Not only that, but France, which has one of the greatest health care systems in the world.