Everybody disses on America nowadays, and it is understandable, but does anyone who doesn't like in the States really have a right to do so?
I can say that England or Russia are awful countries with backwards ways, but I've never been to either country, so how can I justify my statements? "I heard this about the country . . . " That really doesn't do it, does it? I've heard that Japan is fantastic, but I've never been there: Can I really say that it's a better country than America? After all, there are a lot of hikikomoris there (people who withdraw into their rooms and don't interact with society), and the suicide rate is through the roof. If I lived there, I might hate it and wish I lived somewhere else. Or I might love it to death. I wouldn't know unless I went there.
Do people not see that it really is not possible to judge a place without seeing what it is like firsthand? Just seeing a place on the news isn't good enough because the news only cares about ratings; they may show the bad places in order to get viewers.
A brilliant example lies in the Middle East. We heard all about the horrible way women are treated there, and we thought the Middle East was savage for having such a civilization. Then, the law saying that women had to wear the thing over their hair was repealed. (Or something like that; I don't know the names of all the stuff.) People thought, "That's wonderful. Now the women aren't so oppressed." However, even after the law was repealed, a lot of women kept wearing the things. In short, the women there don't hate their lives, and their civilization certainly isn't savage to them.
So, does anyone really have a right to judge and bad mouth the United States unless they've been here and lived here? Taking it a step further, however, can I as a citizen criticize the States as a whole when I've only lived in one state? I can certainly criticize my state, but what about the other fifty? The answer to this is simple - the country makes laws that affect me, as a citizen, that don't affect people who don't live here. Thus, my criticisms can be justified (as long as I don't go overboard and say that Nevada sucks, though I've never been there).