On set world records that still stand today. Secretariat

On March 29, 1970, the world of horse racing had no idea that a legend had been born. Although he had a rough start, finishing fourth in his debut race, Secretariat, the offspring of two top quality breeding horses, would go on to win seven of his nine races as a two-year-old, and later become the first two-year-old to be named horse of the year. Just one year later, “Big Red” broke and set world records that still stand today. Secretariat was a Triple Crown winner who showed that a fast horse out of the gate can indeed run long. With his extraordinary 31-length gap win in his Triple Crown race, Secretariat secured his legacy in horse racing (Flatter). The rise of America is similar to the maturation of Secretariat because despite its beginnings as a young, inexperienced country, the United States ultimately developed into the world’s most powerful nation, and will maintain its superpower status for decades to come.           The United States of America declared its independence on July 4, 1776. Although declaration was declared in 1776, the U.S. was not recognized as an independent country by Great Britain until 1783, the year that the Treaty of Paris was signed (“The Declaration of Independence, 1776”). The United States, being a young and inexperienced nation, did not know how to be an independent nation. They were lacking a strong central government, national unity, and a confident leader. After the American Revolution, the U.S. was composed of thirteen different governments that had no consistency. They each had their own militia to protect themselves from one another (“American History Series: After the Revolution, the Nation Faces a Weak Political System”). In other words, although the United States was finally independent, it was as disunited and confused as ever; it was a young horse going off without its mother for the first time.Once the United States established a strong central government, the Founding Fathers realized that the corruption of the nation subsided. America’s three-branch-government system resembles the muscular makeup of a thoroughbred horse. For example, a horse uses its chest and back muscles to hold the weight of its jockey, much like the executive branch must carry to weight of America on its back. A horse uses its hindquarters to create the force that it needs to accelerate with power, similar to the judicial branch’s power to support the executive branch. Finally, a horse uses its forelimbs to guide the rest of its body, much like the legislative branch leads the decision making of the country (Sellnow). Once these branches of government were established and enforced, America became a much stronger nation, and other countries began to recognize the potential opportunities that could arise with an ally like the United States. The aftermath of World War II marked the beginning of America’s world superpower status. Post World War II, Britain could no longer support western countries that were divided because of conflicts during the war; therefore, Britain called upon the United States to basically lead the support of the Western world. This is when America officially took on its role of being a world superpower. At this point in history, the Soviet Union was the primary opponent  of America’s superpower status, because after WWII, China was a divided nation (“American History: The Rise of US Influence After World War Two”). Therefore, China was not even in the discussion to replace America as a superpower. Contrastingly, today, in 2018, China has overtaken Russia’s status. Today, China is a true force to be reckoned with. Some may say that a fast horse out of the gate does not run long, but Secretariat did exactly what people said would kill him, and America has been the world’s superpower since the early 20th century, and here, in the 21st century, the U.S. is still the world’s superpower. Some prematurely say that China will soon replace the United States as the world’s superpower just because of the rapid growth of their economy. Although their economy may surpass that of the United States, America has shown that it takes much more than an economy to maintain the status of being a world superpower (Colvin). China will soon overtake the United States as the world’s largest economy. China has always had the U.S. beat when it comes to population, but the U.S. has always had China’s number when it comes to production. Production is simply the rate in which a country produces its major goods that aid in economic support. Unfortunately for the U.S., China’s production rate is beginning to consistently increase. In addition to this, because China’s population is basically four times the size of the U.S.’s, China does not need to match the U.S.’s productivity rate to surpass the U.S. as the world’s largest economy. Fortunately for the U.S. though, having the world’s largest economy does not instantly give a nation superpower status (Colvin). Although China may overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest economy, China will not replace the U.S. as the world’s superpower. It takes much more than having the largest economy to achieve and maintain a superpower status. For example, for a country to be a superpower, it must have economic freedom. A major component of America’s economic freedom is the fact that each state is allowed to have different regulations on its economic policies, and in turn, this creates more economic freedom for the citizens of the U.S. On the other hand, China has a major lack of economic freedom. In fact, their rate of economic freedom has not even been improving over the years (Adelman). The growth of their economy is coming from other sources, and this is hurting their chances of surpassing the United States’ world power status. In addition to economic freedom, the United States also bests China when it comes to advances in high technology. For example, the U.S. has three of the world’s largest technological companies: Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Compared to the U.S., China has almost no world leading technological companies. Basically, the creativity of Chinese citizens has been extinguished by Neo-Confucianism and Communism. In actuality, the U.S. has had 235 Nobel Prizes won in science since 1945, and China has not won a single one since 1950 (Adelman). Unlike the U.S., China cannot even compare itself to a powerful entity like Secretariat. China simply does not have the strength and support that the U.S. has, and this is what makes the U.S. such a powerful nation. Another major factor in a nation becoming a superpower is military quality. The United States has the best military in the world, and China will not have the resources or abilities to even come close to comparing its military to that of the U.S. The U.S. has an abundance of military resources around the world that China simply cannot compare itself to. China spends 30 percent less money on its military than the U.S. does. While the U.S. has eleven aircraft carriers, China is currently producing its first. The U.S. has thousands of tactical nuclear weapons, and China has a small nuclear force. China does not have the experienced officers commanding its military like the U.S. does. Most importantly, the U.S. has major allies worldwide that truly aid in its military affairs, and China lacks a true major ally (Adelman). Again, China cannot even compare its military to that of the U.S.’s, so can China really surpass America as a superpower?What is more important than the quality of living? China’s air, water, and soil pollution kills over 1.2 million people each year. Chinese citizens are not satisfied with the quality of life in China. In fact. About 60 percent of the upper class in China wants to leave the nation (Adelman). If a nation’s wealthiest citizens do not want to live there because of the poor quality of living, how does China expect its average citizens to thrive in a pollution-filled country? On the other hand, America’s quality of life is a night and day comparison to that of China’s. As a matter of fact, 60 percent of America’s citizens own homes, and 90 percent own vehicles. Americans are given the opportunity to thrive in their country, whereas 50 percent of China’s population are living in rural areas where they are exposed to pollution that is literally killing them (Adelman). China cannot even provide a decent quality of living for its citizens; if they cannot keep their citizens comfortable, then they will not become a superpower. A huge factor in a country’s transition into a superpower is developing a political democracy. In 1789, the United States formed the world’s first democratic government, and since then, the government has gradually expanded its success. America has been a fast horse since becoming a superpower and, contradicting what some anti-America political scientists believe, will not slow down anytime soon. Contrastingly, China’s communist government has not even attempted to transform into democratic government. China’s issue is that they do not hold any democratic elections at a single level in their government (Adelman). How do they expect to become a world superpower when their citizens have no voice whatsoever? Even though China may not replace the United States as the world’s superpower, they may be able to aid the United States as a superpower. In other words, China can handle the “superpower duties” for its half of the world. If China sends its products to be produced in the U.S., and develops a strong trade relation with the U.S., then China can expand its resources and production to continue to grow into a superpower. Until China makes these adjustments, they do not have a chance to compete with America’s superpower status. The United States of America will remain the world’s superpower for years to come. Although the country does face some competition, America’s stability and instituted power will not be measured up to in the near future. Secretariat defied the odds of horse racing; he ran as hard as he could from start to finish. Similar to Secretariat, America has been running since it became a world superpower, and it has not slowed down yet. Whether it be China, Russia, India, or any other country that believes that they can surpass the United States as a world superpower, they will eventually learn that America cannot and will not be caught up with; they will learn that America runs like Secretariat.