I’m sorry if you find this question intrusive, rude – even hostile. It’s not meant to be any of those things. It’s a genuine request for enlightenment.
You see, for so many years you have stood proud – the land of the free and the home of the brave. For so many years we’ve been asked to look to you for leadership: the beacon of modern democracy, the lynchpin of world politics and world finance, the source of innovation, the home of freedom and opportunity.
And we did look to you. We followed you into Korea, Vietnam and then Iraq. Your culture heavily influenced our culture. And your news became our news, hitting our headlines almost as soon as it hit yours, because after all, what you do creates waves around the world.
But now when we look to you, what we see is a night sky fractured by forked lightning.
It’s as if Americans no longer believe in America.