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Text of the popular rant from Jeff Daniels, 1st episode of The Newsroom.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: What about the people. Why is it --

JEFF DANIELS as WILL MCAVOY: It’s not the greatest country in the world professor, that’s my answer.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You’re saying --


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Let`s talk about --

DANIELS: Fine, Sharon, the NEA is a loser. Yeah it accounts for a penny out of her pay check but he gets to hit you with it anytime he wants. It doesn’t cost money, it costs votes, it`s costs air time and column inches. You know why people don’t like liberals, because they lose.

If liberals are so (inaudible) smart how come they lose so goddamn always?


MCAVOY: And with a straight face you`re going to tell students that America is so star-spangled awesome that we’re the only ones in the world who have freedom. Canada has freedom. Japan has freedom. The UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, Belgium has freedom! So, 207 sovereign states in the world like 180 of them have freedom.


MCAVOY: And yeah you, sorority girl, just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there are some things you should know. And one of them is there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force and number four in exports.

We lead the world in only three categories. Number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real and defense spending where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined 25 of whom are allies. Now none of this is the fault of a 20 year-old college student but you nonetheless are without a doubt a member of the worst period generation period ever period. So when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don’t know what the Fuck you’re talking about. Yosemite?

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