A couple of days ago, I had the misfortune of being on a BBC radio show with an American college professor who sounded like he had read one too many Noam Chomsky books.
Let me give you a short impression of the guy: "Blah, blah, blah, racists! Blah, blah, blah, of course Jeremiah Wright was right when he said...blah, blah, blah. No wonder people are angry at America!"
Not to disagree with Professor Crabby McCommiePuss, but there is no nation in the world that has more to be proud of and less to apologize for than the United States of America.
Of course, the standard liberal reply to that usually goes something like this: "So, you're saying 'we're perfect,' huh? Well, what about slavery and the Indians and dropping A-bombs in WWII and the other 497 things on my 'What I Hate About America' list?"
What about them?
Men have been enslaving other men for thousands of years. It's nothing new. What was new was a nation so disgusted by the practice that they fought a Civil War to put an end to it.
But, what about the Indians? Sure, we took their land and treated them brutally. However, my friend, that's just the history of the world. There probably is not a square yard of earth on the map that wasn't taken by force from one group of people by another group at one time or another.
As to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, given the fanatical tenacity with which the Japanese had been holding on, we probably saved hundreds of thousands of civilian lives by dropping those bombs rather than invading the mainland. Much more importantly, we saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of American soldiers who had risked their lives to protect their country and free the world from the Nazi/Japanese vision of the future, which was as George Orwell described it, a "boot stamping on a human face - forever."
We could go on and on with these "The glass is half full! No, it isn't, it's half empty" examples, but why should we do that when we can consider all the good America has done in the world during it's historically short reign as a super power.
We've saved the free world from tyranny in the 20th century not once (WWI), not twice (WWII), but three times (the Cold War). We've done more to promote capitalism and democracy than any other 20 nations combined. We've gone to the moon, we've fed the world, and we've fought more tyrants, terrorists, and thugs than any comic book super-hero. Speaking of comic book super heroes, American gets the same sort of "Daily Bugle" treatment that Spider-Man did in the comics and the movies. We shed our blood and treasure by the bucket load to do good and the headlines in the paper read, "Out-of-Control Menace Terrorizes Populace!"