posted on Mar, 23 2010 @ 04:09 PM
A good example of the "end" of a nation as the people knew it within the last century is the decline of the British Empire. In the Age of
Imperialism the British were easily the largest power the planet had seen to that point. The first truly global empire was finished, and truth be
told, that was a good thing.
The British Empire became the United Kingdom and the people of the commonwealth still look at that period with a mixture of emotions. The standard of
living in the UK stayed relatively high and rough patches were not so much due to the ending of the empire but because of longstanding disputes
between the workers and the aristocracy in my opinion.
The United States will endure. I believe that the founders were right when they made their New Order For The Ages. This is a period of transition and
change more than one of decline and failure. The US has matured, become a constant and standard player. Within another generation I do not believe
she will be the lone superpower any more but she still will be in the pole position. China will return to grace, painfully but steadily. The European
Union as well has a shot at regaining their traditional position as the vanguard of the western world, but a great many questions must be answered
first, the most pressing right now being what to do about Greece, Spain and the Euro as a whole.
India and Brazil are rising powers as well, and should be watched with great intent with regards to their promise. The United States however sits in
an enviable position as the current flag-carrier of the planet. The health care reform bill (is it law now that President Obama has signed it or must
it still pass the senate first?) has shown that your nation is not content to rest at the top, which is a great sign. Stagnation will kill a power,
dynamism will keep her alive.
I have been saying for some time that the US must finally hash out the dispute between socialists and libertarians if they wish to soar. This
dichotomy has existed since the founding of your nation in one form or another and has always served as an brake on your progress. A path must be
chosen eventually, and this time is better than most to do so.
The next century for America holds a massive amount of promise. With your wars ended and a unified vision for the nation there is nothing your
resources and people cannot accomplish. If you partner with the new superpowers and rising stars, the world as a whole has the potential for a golden
age I believe. Science, primarily driven by American and European powerhouses have placed our species at the brink of wonderful things. Life
extension, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, planetary exploration, even faster-than-light travel are all on the horizon and America will be
one of the nations leading the charge.
Your country is not dying, far from it. It may not be your grandfather's country but Lady Liberty is strong, and the ideas coming from her head will
be as groundbreaking as The Great Experiment itself. Britannia and Europa stand with her.
Let's do this!