The "myth" of America, the belief in our American exceptionalism, the notion of our being the "indispensible" nation propagated after W.W.II, but much earlier with "Manifest destiny" and our seeming natural right to expand westward across the continent to "settle the west" (of course not to conquer) and now our need to "protect" us (not exercise universal hegemony over others) with our "war on terror" is the latest "myth" being perpetrated upon us.
There's also the "myth" everyone in the world "wants to be an American". Only our enemies "hate our freedom" as "W" once said.
When in fact the rest of the world hates us for our policies of pre-emptive wars and occupations, support of foreign dictators and their regimes that oppress their own people, the unequivocal support of Israel and its policies of exercising apartheid over the Palestinian people, our drone attacks and missile strikes that maim and kill innocents as well as our resort to torture, extraordinary rendition and indefinite detention.
Too many Americans seem in denial of the terrible consequences such policies have inflicted on other peoples unable or unwilling to face the truth of our perpetrating these crime against humanity. Only the military/industrial/political complex and their associated big corporate allies benefit from these policies while the American people are made fearful and fed propaganda into believing the war on terror is fought to protect them.
Regrettably, as we heard from the two main party candidates in the last presidential debate, both men essentially agree the policies aforementioned above will remain unchanged. A victory by either man will change nothing.
Domestically, Bush's "unitary executive" has broadened into the president being the "assassinator in chief", alone deciding who will be targeted for certain death along with the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) authorizing the military to indefinitely hold anyone, including American citizens, in military custody until the "end of hostilities" or in reality a life sentence without habeas corpus and due process.
Thus we have the expansion of the national security surveillance state, the militarization of the local and state police again with the "myth" of protecting the people.
"Myths" die hard or better live on indefinitely in America just like the fictional "Dracula".
It'll be a rude awakening for most Americans when they wake up to the reality our liberty is being usurped. We're all potential targets and the myths and propaganda we've embraced were all built on lies and hubris.