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America in decline –

September 8, 2009

Not so much. The latest issue of Foreign Affairs basically sums it up this way –

(paraphrased) Just about every 10 years someone predicts the inevitable decline and fall of America, usually in response to the current economic crisis. Then in 10 years a new crop of declinists pop up and the cycle starts again. There are some serial predictors (Paul Krugman) who just keep going, presumably on the theory that even a stopped watch is right twice a day. I expect that they have left a long series of letters to be released at specific intervals after their death so that if the fall of America does actually occur after they have passed away they can be praised for their Nostradamus (Nostradamus is the French “prophet” and Nostromo is the ship in Alien right?) ability to see the future. They may be right someday but that day is a long way off. Right now their is no country with the resources, population, military strength, national vision or national will to do it.

I agree unless we let our national will be destroyed. I know it isn’t fashionable, especially as a bisexual transgendered woman, but I believe in American exceptionalism or at least this version of American exceptionalism:

The basis most commonly cited for American exceptionalism is the idea that the United States and its people differ from other nations, at least on a historical basis, as an association of people who came from numerous places throughout the world but who hold a common bond in standing for certain self-evident truths, like freedom, inalienable natural and human rights, democracy, republicanism, the rule of law, civil liberty, civic virtue, the common good, fair play, private property, and Constitutional government. The term is also used by United States citizens to indicate that America and Americans have different states of mind, different surroundings, and different political cultures than other nations, and still others use it to refer to the American dream and the slow yet continuous journey of the people of the United States, sharing a nation and a destiny, to build a more perfect union, to live up to the dreams, hopes, and ideals of its founders, so that “these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from this Earth.”[19]

and as long as that is true American will remain the dominant world power.

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