David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, has this to say: “Very smart ideas are going to be hard for people to adopt, because most people don’t have the sophistication to recognize how good an idea is.”.
Ex-patriots and those who have ever lived abroad know life is easier and happier in most other places in the Western World. The state of cognitive dissonance and inconsistent thoughts and beliefs is plaguing the once great nation. “Make America Great again” is Trumps slogan while Clinton declares “America has always been great” Satirist Stephen Colbert addressed this paradox with his book “America Again Re-becoming the Greatness we Never Weren’t”.
Emotionally, it is too difficult for many Americans to grasp the fact that some other countries may have refined and improved upon their sacred Constitution and Bill of Rights. Say what you will about the French but when their government tries to change the laws effecting the quality of life the French people take to the streets and protect their rights. In the US if you and shoot children, or poison the water supplies few people bother to get off their couch.
Until Americans are able to identify their own lethargy and fight to fix their own problems, the rest of the world may be better off protecting itself from US collateral damage.
WWII was a long time ago. Most of “the greatest generation” is close to death and it is time for the American people to face life in the here and now. Resting on past glory spelled the end of the Roman Empire.