What makes the USA great? Capitalism, Republicanism or Democracy? If we knew what worked here, then maybe we would know what to replicate it somewhere else. I would think that the vast majority of people think that what makes the US a great place is democracy. But what is democracy? Majority rule. But why is majority rule so great. Is the majority always right? Is it usually right? Is the right to vote the essence of majority rule? If voting is so great, why do only 50% of us even try to do it. If only 50% of us do it, should we take a vote on whether we should fight a war to allow another country to have half their people vote? I am getting a little facetious just to illustrate how under utilized our national discussion of issues truly are. The media and the american people do not often get to the heart of the issue mainly due to a lack of patience or focus. To get back to my original question, republicanism does not mean the republican party, it is short hand for a representative form of government. Is that our greatest asset? Last but not least is capitalism. I wonder how many of us think about it or understand it. Is this what sets us apart?