Struggling to Reclaim Greatness


Struggling to Reclaim Greatness

Struggling to Reclaim Greatness is the theme of this post. At its core is the shift from providing an unfortunate slippage and losing stature as a representative democracy in the eyes of the world. Yet, despite the reality on the ground, Americans persist in proclaiming superiority in the world as the ideal democratic republic. Unfortunately, the facts on the ground do not match the idealism of the American people.

From an early age, Americans are instilled with a sense of national exceptionalism and taught to believe that their country is the epitome of greatness. However, upon closer examination, it becomes apparent that the United States has fallen from its pedestal of superiority. This essay will present a compelling argument highlighting several pressing issues that challenge the notion of American greatness. By focusing on the inability to address the gun problem, provide universal healthcare, embrace diversity, improve public education and infrastructure, combat poverty, protect workers’ rights, and address domestic issues such as abortion rights, gun violence, and an inequitable medical system, it becomes clear that the United States is struggling to establish itself as a global friend and solve its internal problems.

Gun Problem

The United States inability to effectively address its gun problem is evident through the prevalence of mass shootings and the alarming rates of gun violence. Despite repeated tragedies that have shocked the nation, political gridlock and the influence of powerful interest groups have hindered the implementation of common-sense gun control measures. The absence of comprehensive background checks, restrictions on high-capacity magazines and assault weapons, and the controversial interpretation of the Second Amendment have perpetuated a cycle of violence that undermines the nation’s claim to greatness.

Struggling to Reclaim Greatness: Healthcare System

While other industrialized nations have successfully implemented universal healthcare systems that provide medical care for all citizens, the United States continues to grapple with an inequitable and profit-driven healthcare system. The reliance on private insurance companies as intermediaries between patients and healthcare providers leads to exorbitant costs, limited access to care, and an emphasis on profit rather than patient well-being. As a result, millions of Americans are left without adequate healthcare coverage, hindering the nation’s ability to ensure the health and prosperity of its population.

Lack of Acceptance of Diversity

Despite being a melting pot of cultures, religions, and ethnicities, the United States struggles to fully embrace its diverse population. While progress has been made in terms of civil rights, discriminatory practices, and legislation persist. Efforts to restrict immigration, promote exclusionary policies, and erode protections for marginalized communities undermine the country’s potential for progress and hinder the realization of its founding principles of equality and justice for all.


Struggling to Reclaim Greatness: Education and Infrastructure

The United States once-envied education system has suffered from systemic issues that undermine its global standing. Inadequate funding, disparities between wealthy and disadvantaged school districts, and an overemphasis on standardized testing have led to an education system that fails to adequately prepare students for the challenges of the modern world. Similarly, the nation’s infrastructure is in dire need of attention and investment. Crumbling roads, bridges, and public facilities not only hinder economic growth but also endanger public safety, highlighting the neglect of critical national assets.

Poverty and Wealth Inequality

The United States, despite its economic might, grapples with alarmingly high poverty rates and widening wealth inequality. The erosion of the middle class, once the backbone of American society, has contributed to social instability and economic insecurity. The concentration of wealth among a small number of billionaires exacerbates the disparities, perpetuating a system where opportunities and resources are unevenly distributed. Such stark socioeconomic inequality runs counter to the principles of a great nation that values the well-being and prosperity of all its citizens.


Struggling to Reclaim Greatness: Workers’ Rights and Middle-Class Decline

The United States shift away from prioritizing workers’ rights and the decline of organized labor have had profound consequences for the nation’s socioeconomic fabric. High-tech manufacturing jobs, which once provided stable employment and a pathway to the middle class, have been outsourced to countries with lower labor costs, leaving American workers struggling to find decent-paying jobs. This loss of manufacturing capacity has led to the erosion of job security, stagnant wages, and diminished bargaining power for workers. The resulting decline of the middle class weakens the social fabric and undermines the nation’s claim to greatness as it fails to protect and uplift its working population.

Failure to Address Domestic Issues: Struggling to Reclaim Greatness

The United States struggle to address pressing domestic issues further highlights its waning greatness. Contentious debates surrounding reproductive rights, such as access to safe and legal abortions, reveal deep divisions within society and the ongoing battle for women’s autonomy. Additionally, the persistent prevalence of gun violence, with frequent mass shootings, highlights the urgent need for comprehensive gun control measures. The inequitable healthcare system, which prioritizes the interests of insurance companies over the well-being of the population, leaves millions without access to essential healthcare services. These domestic issues pose significant challenges to individual rights and public safety and undermine the nation’s standing as a leader in upholding human rights and social progress.


The United States’ claim to greatness has been tarnished by its failure to effectively address critical issues that impact the well-being and prosperity of its citizens. The persistent gun problem, the absence of universal healthcare, the struggle to embrace diversity, shortcomings in education and infrastructure, staggering poverty rates, erosion of workers’ rights, and the inability to address domestic issues such as reproductive rights and an inequitable healthcare system, all reveal the nation’s struggle to establish itself as a leader in the world community.

Being a patriot in today’s world demands that one look beyond the surface; to examine one’s taken for granteds about the magnificence of the United States and explore the facts on the ground. Look at our status in education, in medical care for all, in accepting our own diversity as a strength and not as a threat. We must also look at our willingness to support the wealth of the billionaire class at the expense of the middle class and the poor among us. The majority must begin to insist that we are the backbone of the nation, willing and able to address our flaws before we can ever hope to return to the position of being the light for all nations in terms of our dependence on our democratic republic. The times demand that we abandon our denial thus opening the door to positive actions to restore our democracy to the people and rip it from the hands of the ultra-wealthy.

However, recognizing these challenges presents an opportunity for the United States to embark on a path of reform and reclaim its position as a truly great nation. By actively engaging in gun control measures, implementing a universal healthcare system, embracing diversity as a driving force for progress, investing in education and infrastructure, combating poverty and wealth inequality, protecting workers’ rights, and addressing pressing domestic issues, the United States can work towards a future that embodies the ideals it was founded upon. Only through dedicated efforts to tackle these issues head-on can the United States regain its credibility as a global friend and create a society that upholds justice, equality, and prosperity for all its citizens.


By Politics-as-Usual

Roger is a retired Professor of language and literacy. Over the past 15 years since his retirement, Roger has kept busy with reading, writing, and creating landscape photographs. In this time of National crisis, as Fascist ideas and policies are being introduced to the American people and ignored by the Mainstream Press, he decided to stand up and be counted as a Progressive American with some ideas that should be shared with as many people who care to read and/or participate in discusssions of these issues. He doesn't ask anyone to agree with his point of view, but if entering the conversation he demands civility. No conspiracy theories, no wild accusations, no threats, no disrespect will be tolerated. Roger monitors all comments and email communication. That is the only rule for entering the conversation. One may persuade, argue for a different point of view, or toss out something that has not been discussed so long as the tone remains part of a civil discussion. Only then can we find common ground and meaningful democratic change.

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