America, not really the beautiful

A radical thought? My unvarnished view tells me no.

I grew up thinking and being reassured everywhere I turned — throughout my entire culture — that America was the best, greatest, most powerful nation that ever existed. We even thought America got a unique and deserved blessing from God. It is what we learned no matter what the source: the classroom, politics, the movie theater, advertising, everywhere. And it seemed to be true.

Now, as I reflect and reassess, I realize it was never really true, we never really deserved any blessings. It’s true that we’ve fallen from some pretty high perches. But we never fell at all from others; we were already about as low as we could go. And now, I recently read that along with Brazil and Hungary, the United States is one of only three countries that lost ground in the most recent measure of national well-being.

I certainly don’t blame the purveyors of this point of view. They too had been told the same thing. And no wonder. This point of view has been essentially the same now for over three hundred years. America has achieved much good, helping to extend freedom and prosperity throughout the world where it had not existed. But America has also been the curator of slavery, dictatorship, and discrimination around the world.

And now we know, in this pandemic era, there were other extant vulnerabilities. Indeed, America has been on a downward trajectory for decades. Like it or not, now…

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I worked on Capitol Hill and then lobbied for IBM before they made me an IT geek. Redundant? I’m into politics. Now and then, I’ll throw something else in.

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Greg Waddell

I worked on Capitol Hill and then lobbied for IBM before they made me an IT geek. Redundant? I’m into politics. Now and then, I’ll throw something else in.