America and its citizens were once independent. They were self-reliant. Now we are prisoners of ignorance, of political fiascoes, of stupid laws, of scientific fads, and we made ourselves the overseers of the world. We are forcing other countries to look up to us as a mighty power for good. But since force never produced anything, we are becoming hated instead. I say "we" but of course I mean the government leaders who are supposed to represent us. But we let them.
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