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Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?
Diversity and opportunity.
-Louis? -Freedom and freedom.
So let's keep it that way.
Will. Why is—
—NOT the greatest country in the world professor, that's my answer.
-You're saying? -Yes!
Let's talk about—
Fine. Sharon, the NEA is a loser.
Yeah it accounts for a penny out of our pay checks, but he gets to hit you with it anytime he wants.
It doesn't cost money, it costs votes. It costs airtime and column inches.
You know why people don't like liberals? Because they lose. If liberals are so fuckin' smart,
-How come they lose so goddamn always? -Hey!
And with a straight face,
you're gonna 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.
-Alright. -Oh and yeah, you. Sorority girl.
Just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day there's some things you should know.
One of them is, there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world.
We're seventh in literacy, twenty-seventh in math, twenty-second in science,
forty-ninth 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 twenty-six countries combined,
twenty-five 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?
Sure used to be. We stood up for what was right.
We fought for moral reasons, we passed laws, struck down laws for moral reasons.
We waged wars on poverty, not poor people.
We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were,
and we never beat our chest.
We built great big things, made ungodly technological advances,
explored the universe, cured diseases, and we cultivated the world's greatest artists and the world's greatest economy.
We reached for the stars, acted like men.
We aspired to intelligence; we didn't belittle it; it didn't make us feel inferior.
We didn't identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election,
and we didn't scare so easily.
We were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed.
By great men, men who were revered.
First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one.
America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.
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【新聞急先鋒】美國不再是全世界最偉大的國家了 (Why America is NOT the greatest country in the world anymore (The Newsroom))

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Colleen Jao 發佈於 2016 年 10 月 11 日   Colleen Jao 翻譯   Colleen Jao 審核

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這部影片出自美國電視劇《新聞急先鋒》(The Newsroom),該劇講述了一個虛構電視臺台前幕後的故事,總共有三季。而這部影片是影集內非常經典的片段,小編覺得十分發人深省,也因為看了這部影片而去找了影集來看(還把三季看了三次><),也推薦給喜歡新聞類型影集的人們喲!

1a straight face0:43
這是個固定用法,我們通常會說 keep a straight face 或是 with a straight face,意思是「板著臉孔、嚴肅的表情、繃著臉」。
I tried to keep a straight face, but Louis just looked so ridiculous in that shirt.
我試著繃著臉不笑,但路易穿那件襯衫實在長得太荒謬了。

I can never lie with a straight face, so I always tend to tell the truth.
我沒有辦法說謊不變臉,所以總是說實話。


*同場加映:
好羨慕移民家庭?看看他們長大時最尷尬的事! MOST EMBARRASSING THINGS ABOUT BEING RAISED BY IMMIGRANT PARENTS


2just in case1:04
just in case 這個片語的意思是「以防、以防萬一」,放在句子頭、尾或是中間都是可行的。
I brought an umbrella with me, just in case.
我隨身帶了一把傘,以防萬一。

We should go out and buy some dry food, just in case the typhoon hits.
我們應該出去買些乾糧,以防颱風登陸。


*同場加映:
超可愛!美國維珍航空飛航安全教學影片 Virgin America Safety Video


3without (a) doubt1:40
這是個非常常用的片語,意思是「毫無疑問、無庸置疑」,doubt 是「懷疑、疑慮」的意思。除了這個片語之外,也可以說 unquestionablyno doubt ⋯⋯等等。
This pizza store is without a doubt the best in town.
毫無疑問地,這家比薩店是整個城市最好吃的。

There's no doubt that you're going to win in the contest tomorrow.
你明天會贏得比賽是無庸置疑的。


4stood up2:07
stood up 在這邊的意思可不是「站起來」唷!而是它的引申義「挺身而出」,後面加介系詞 for,表示為了什麼人、事、物挺身而出。
I am always on your side. I will stand up for you no matter what happens.
我永遠是站在你這邊的,不論發生任何事我都會挺身而出。


stood up 還有另一個意思——「放鴿子」。常見的用法有兩個:「某人 got stood up」與「stood sb. up」。
I had a terrible week. I got stood up by a girl twice!
我這禮拜過得非常糟,竟然被一個女生放兩次鴿子!

This is the third time that Lucy stood me up. I don't think I'll be going out with her again.
這是露西第三次放我鴿子,我大概不會再約她出去了。


影片中有句台詞——First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. 「承認問題是解決問題的第一個步驟」。相信在各位的人生中,也會常常遇到各種難題、各種煩人的事,希望大家都能帶著這句話向前,突破難關噢!

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