In terms of military force, America is perceived as the most technological, but since the end of WW2, they haven't really fought a similarly
technological foe, and still haven't won a single war on their own. As for being the most powerful, well that is a moot argument, as the possession
of nukes by other countries makes it so. In a nuclear exchange, America would be just as annihilated as the other countries, and that understanding
places American military power in perspective.
It seems the hardest thing for an American to accept, that his/her country is not the only powerful nation on the planet, that they are not, nor ever
have been, the land of the free or the home of the brave, that its political systems are as corrupt as any feudal society that ever existed, and that
it has only ever been a land of opposing extremes. So, to comfort themselves, they mastered the art of self-delusion and self-deception by uttering
banal and untrue superlatives about military might even though in doing so it showed a self-disparaging mask of ridiculous hypocrisy.
Its capitalistic business systems are based upon the shallow precept that nothing is sacred, not even its own founding principles and Constitution,
and that anything can be bought or bribed, because everything has its price, but if you can't afford the price, then tough, you do without.
Of course, other countries have their issues, none escape criticism, but criticism of America is not to be perceived as anti-American, but to pull
aside the veils of self-delusion that many Americans wear like a burka.
Britain, too, has its comfort blanket in still retaining a monarchy, and all the pomp and circumstance that goes with it. Fondly remembering when this
tiny island ruled three quarters of the world through its naval might, and that it took 2 world wars to break its back, but its irrelevant now. Its as
irrelevant as the concept of monarchy in the 21st century. America is not the only western nation that needs to get off its arse and sort its internal
problems out. Britain is nearly 500 years overdue a monarchy-dissolving revolution.
When you fly over this small green and pleasant land...
This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle, this earth of majesty, this seat of
Mars, this other Eden, demi-paradise, this fortress built by Nature for herself against infection and the hand of war, this happy breed of men, this
little world, this precious stone set in the silver sea, which serves it in the office of a wall, or as a moat defensive to a house, against the envy
of less happier lands, this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this Britain
...all you will see is the faded lustre of a once glittering
jewel in the world's crown collecting the dust of the nations it once ravaged.
Be under no illusion, America's decline will be far more rapid and less illustrious than that of Britain.