FNC hit the pavement in Times Square to ask people what they think would happen if the United States were no longer the world's number one superpower, and we got some pretty surprising answers! Watch the video.
Now, we want to know what YOU think — What would happen if the U.S. no longer held superpower status?
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Here's what your fellow FOX Fans are saying:
"If the United States lost its role as #1 superpower, the world would fall into irreversible chaos very quickly. Small, poor countries would just cease to exist. Remember the old adage — when America sneezes, the world catches a cold. Losing superpower status could cause a massive stroke." — Chris (Paris, KY)
"No question about it, we would be over-run by those who hate the U.S. and what we stand for. Most, or all of our liberties would be taken away and we would be stripped of our right to bear arms. Those who refuse to submit would be considered rebels and outcasts." — Gerald (Sugar Land, Tx)
"If the United States was no longer a superpower, the world would return to the days leading up to World War II. Regional dictators dominating their region, much like Hitler and Japan did in the 1930's. As a result of World War II, the United States began its rise to superpower status. Many countries around the globe have the United States to thank for the freedoms they enjoy today." — Winston (Clermont, FL)
"By 2050 the U.S. will have slipped to 2nd, behind China, as the world's leading economic engine. By 2050 over half of the U.S. population will be speaking Spanish as its primary language. By 2050 the U.S. homeland will again have been hit by Muslim extremists. But by 2050, the U.S. will still be the only superpower, despite it all." — D.J. (Alexandria, VA)
"It seems like eventually we might get paid back for all the hostility that we have shown other nations. It's time that we concentrate on our own country and only help those who ask for our help. We should be the military and economic superpower of the world, but we are losing ground, especially in the economic power." — Mark
"If the U.S. lost its superpower status, freedom of choice would be lost. Given the rise in Muslim extremism, the world would be dominated by Islamic beliefs and repression. Women would be seen, not heard. Intolerance for religions other than Islam would be the rule. The liberties of due process would be gone and replaced by hangings, beheadings and mass genocide. Our presence serves as a corrective balance for such extremism." — Peter (Rochester, NY)
"I would love it. I welcome the opportunity to see one of the U.S.'s critics become the number one superpower and see how they address the world's problems. Let's see another country send in the logistical support such as food, helicopters, personnel, equipment and communications to coordinate all the assisting countries. Let's see them get involved in the political disputes throughout the world, with the whole world watching, and tell nations how to behave. Let's see them help setup with programs for AIDS victims or starving people or people being brutally repressed." — Ken (Carlisle, PA)
"Ethnic cleansing and genocide around the world would abound. The U.N., without the U.S. to back it, would be powerless to stop hundreds of groups with rage in their hearts from tearing each other apart, particularly in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and most of Africa. No other potential power in the world seems concerned with how much death occurs, as long as their interests are protected." — Matthew