America by the numbers
No concept lies more firmly embedded in our national character than the notion that the USA is "No. 1," "the greatest." Our broadcast media are, in essence, continuous advertisements for the brand name "America Is No. 1." Any office seeker saying otherwise would be committing political suicide. In fact, anyone saying otherwise will be labeled "un-American." We're an "empire," ain't we? Sure we are. An empire without a manufacturing base. An empire that must borrow $2 billion a day from its competitors in order to function. Yet the delusion is ineradicable. We're No. 1. Well...this is the country you really live in:
As the Baptists would say, "Why does Michael Ventura hate America?"
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Why can't everyone in Minneapolis be like Mary Richards who used to "turn the world on with her smile" and "take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile"?