"The posts have been about the opportunities in the US. So we agree right?"
They were up until your "Other Ben" post, although I admit I was thinking about other countries long before that, both for their own inherent interest and because, if this country continues on its current path, we may find ourselves in similar circumstances in the not too distant future, IMO. As for agreeing, if you were referring to the period from the 1780's up until about 1980, I would say yes, we agree. From that point on the paradigm you extol has become more and more a myth for a variety of reasons, including the moral rot you refer to, the gutting of unions, globalization, and a change in corporate governance. You are what, 59? I am 70. We both grew up in an era when a man with any ambition could expect to take home enough money to support his family, buy a home, and perhaps put away enough to cover emergencies or even help a son or daughter get started in college with the hope that their life would be better than his own. In his old age, he could expect a pension and social security to enable him to spend his senior years in dignity. That man didn't have to be a high achiever like yourself. Smack in the middle of the Bell Curve, he could do it working construction, on the assembly line, in a machine shop like my Father, and so on. Those jobs have vanished by the millions due to outsourcing, first in manufacturing, and increasingly in IT and other high tech areas, even radiology and other medical specialties. So much for retraining. Even a highly trained person here cannot compete with an equally highly trained person in India or China who will work for half or less of the wage required to have a decent life here. The less skilled jobs, construction, landscaping, roofing, even carpentry are increasingly being filled by insourcing from Latin America, both legal and illegal. Other jobs are being lost to automation. The upshot of all this is that we have a large and growing number of people in this country who are essentially unemployable. Add to this the general moral decline and lack of work ethic, and I think this country is in serious trouble. If it continues we will face a situation where even people like yourself will have a hard time making it; you don't work in a vacuum. I guess the question I would pose to you is, quite simply, what do you intend to do with all these people that don't quite measure up to your standard? I assure you they will not go quietly into the night. Bottom line, Nick, you can't build a society where all, or even most, people have to perform to your standards; the vast majority simply cannot do it, either for lack of drive, intellect, or circumstances beyond their control. If you want to have a society where people like yourself can achieve to your potential and be rewarded appropriately, you will have to structure it so the majority can also perform to their level and expect to have a decent, if not affluent, standard of living. Anything else is a fantasy.
"If the citizens in poor countries suffer due to their government...
"it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government" (Hmm, sounds familiar)."
I suggest you visit a few of the countries I am quite familiar with, perhaps start with Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the list goes on, then come back and tell me the above with a straight face. It would also be worth your while to research who supplies "their government(s)" with the instruments of oppression in all too many cases. In this particular instance, I join you in opposing our government forcibly taking my money via taxation.
"We already built the blue print for them. And some of my relatives died for those rights during the revolutionary war."
Our blueprint is one of many. It is based on the rights of the individual and has succeeded beyond any other in history in unleashing creative potential, maximizing individual freedom and, partly due to a geographical fluke,
achieving a level of prosperity previously unknown. Whether or not it is sustainable is another question, for which we shall fairly soon have the answer, I believe.
There are other blueprints based on the group, primarily in Asia, which prospered in their time and probably will again.
Two of them, China and India, have endured as continuous civilizations for millenia, through periods of glory and periods of decay. That they are sustainable is beyond dispute. Whether or not they can rise to a decent level of prosperity for the majority of their citizens is yet to be determined. We shall see. My point is that ours is not the only, or even necessarily the best over the long haul.
Ever increasing material prosperity and individual freedom without corresponding individual responsibility are not necessarily the best metrics by which to judge the results of a blueprint, IMO. I'll stop now before I time out and continue this in a second post.