A friend of mine on Facebook just posted this excerpt from Obama’s acceptance speech:
This country has more wealth than any nation, but that’s not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military in history, but that’s not what makes us strong…What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on earth. The belief that our destiny is shared; that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations. The freedom which so many Americans have fought for and died for come with responsibilities as well as rights. And among those are love and charity and duty and patriotism. That’s what makes America great.
This is my response:
I don’t think America is particularly great aside from its substantial, awesome cultural output and diversity. We have to remember that this country is founded on deception, which is the narrative that this is the land of the free. However it’s not, at least ever since the white man arrived. Let’s recall a few small historical details: the US state exists on a massive graveyard, the original inhabitants mostly annihilated or assimilated to make way for white people’s ”intrepid” Westward expansion, and the survivors corraled into underserved, underfunded reservations.
The US is more like an atrocity, and the American Dream, an illusion.