The Rediscovery of America
It is time for us to face an ugly truth: The United States is not seriously trying to help the human race overcome hunger and poverty. We have no vision for joining with poor countries to arrange a more livable world. Instead we let them slip toward a situation in which unmanageable conditions increasingly threaten.
This near collapse of concern has been accompanied for two decades by the enlargement of U.S. military power. But the strength of the nation lies more in its ideals, and in the practice of those ideals, than in the flexing of national muscles. Put another way, power is nothing new. The world has seen power as long as nations have existed, sometimes trembling before it, sometimes submitting to it, but never loving it. Others have often loved the United States, but seldom for its power. Rather what captured the admiration of people throughout the world was the fact that, for all its faults and contradictions, this country wrested its independence from England and started a new experiment in freedom. In setting out the nation's course, its founding leaders declared that "all men are created equal,"