Who we are as a nation is not who we were. We are many peoples, drawn from around the world to the United States since its founding because of a vision that we all have value. In valuing the individual, we understand that their efforts are what count. Allowing people the dignity of work, the ability to create businesses, to engage in commerce and to rise or fall based on their own skills and aptitudes are what made a difference to people whose nose was pressed up against the glass. Free enterprise, a Republic, a non-punitive tax rate and stability allowed all Americans the vision of a future for themselves and their posterity that was hopeful.
Before the US government failed it's own people and the world in general, with the sub-prime loan scandal that led to massive defaults, the Chinese called America "the Golden Mountain". It was a place where hundreds of millions of Chinese would have gladly immigrated because it held a PROMISE they didn't see coming from the "worker's paradise". I'm not sure what the Chinese call the US now. Perhaps "Failed Vision"?
We have failed the world to some extent because we have been failed by ourselves and our ignorance as a people. How else could Barack Hussein Obama have been elected President, and Harry Reid & Nancy Pelosi have risen to leadership of the Congress? Now we fight the ObamaNation, a vision of social malaise, a concept of Marx and Lenin revisited, and of a vicious bent to "change an rearrange" America - to abandon what made us great and to replace it with a carbon copy of other failed socialist states (Because you always eventually run out of other people's money. h/t Thatcher)
We borrow against our grandchildren's future and squander it today. It doesn't take a genius to understand where it's all headed - and it isn't pretty.
When we run the socialists from Congress in 2010 and the present leadership from Washington in 2012, we will face harsh realities handed down from previous debts incurred. We will have to feel pain in the form of reduced government spending in order to bring our nation back to balance. Do we have the courage to do that as a people?