published Monday, April 25th, 2011

Americans ‘can do anything still’

In a time when the United States is often the object of unfair or uninformed criticism from abroad, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard recently delivered touching praise of our country and its unparalleled legacy of freedom and ingenuity.

We can’t reprint all of what she said during her well-received address to a joint session of the United States Congress, but here is just a bit:

“For my parents’ generation, the defining image of America was the landing at Normandy. ... For my own generation, the defining image of America was the landing on the moon. My classmates and I were sent home from school to watch the great moment on television. I’ll always remember thinking that day: Americans can do anything.

“Americans helped free the world of my parents’ generation. Americans inspired the world of my own youth. I stand here and I see the same brave and free people today. I believe you can do anything still.

“There is a reason the world always looks to America. Your great dream — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — inspires us all.”

We appreciate the prime minister’s kind remarks, and we should strive both individually and as a nation to live up to our ideals.

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nucanuck said...

The historical references are a true reflection of where we have been. The part about the world looking to America also belongs in the past tense.

The world now blames America for the financial instruments created on Wall Street that are destroying the economies of the developed world. The world now understands that America's imperial outreach, supporting undemocratic unpopular regimes, intervening and undermining governments we don't like, creating unpayable debt, devaluing our currency, and abusing the privilege of having the world's reserve currency, have weakened America, both morally and economically.

No, we are no longer the world's most admired country and if we are to recover, we will have to earn it.

Our laurels are tarnished.

April 25, 2011 at 2:10 a.m.
nucanuck said...

L4F,

You are lucky that America doesn't require her citizens to think.

April 25, 2011 at 10:29 a.m.
librul said...

Science has demonstrated that Neanderthals interbred with more modern humans, probably Cro-Magnon man, and died out or were driven to murderous extinction. I'm beginning to think L4F must have survived to carry the only remaining pure strain in the world.

April 25, 2011 at 12:42 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

What a joke, coming from this editor. All he and his conservative ilk can think about is cutting spending and lowering taxes on the rich. They have no plans for creating jobs, making education affordable and accessible to all, or rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure...and they think that nationwide high-speed rail is a socialistic evil. None of the aforementioned is even visonary; rather they are basic things that we must do simply to remain competitive with countries that are already ahead of us in all of those areas. As for America ever again doing anything on a grand scale that could in any way be construed as magnanimous, we can forget about it as long as we let teabaggers and backward thinking ultra conservatives keep trying to take us back to the Dark Ages with their regressive policies and ideology.

April 25, 2011 at 1:18 p.m.
nucanuck said...

L4F,

You said nothing of merit, thereby earning a retort of like quality.

In general I find labels don't mean much, but just so you will know, I consider my positions thoughtfully conservative on most issues. You seem to use the term conservative in a purely political sense with little consideration for the definition of the word.

April 25, 2011 at 6:21 p.m.
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