Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) hits the nail straight on the head in the opening minutes of HBO's series The Newsroom. He is asked by a college student a simple question during a campus debate: "What makes America the greatest country in the world".
Daniels initially goes the politically correct route, then at the last minute, he responds with an honest, bold, straight-forward answer that sums up a lot of the world's problems — problems that so many Americans are afraid to accept because we all want to believe that it is only our system that works.
But the evidence that is out there today is to the contrary. We used to be the world's "best of the best", but now we are just pretending. The first step to solving a problem is to admit there is one.
A very powerful 5 minute scene.