As you may have heard, I just got back from England.
England is still magnificent. it still looks as if it matters. But the sad fact is that two world wars between 1916 and 1945 left England essentially broke. In order to avoid subjugation at the hands of Germany, England had to mortgage the empire.
England has not been a world power in any meaningful way since. So, a trip to London is a trip to a life-sized museum - a giant, full-scale monument to past greatness.
England at least has an excuse for going broke. Events beyond its control forced Britain to spend itself into penury. We Americans, however, have no such excuse. If we go broke, our bankruptcy will be self-inflicted.
As I toured London, I began to imagine the day when people from around the world will visit New York and Washington and pay tour guides to explain how greatly America once mattered. I began imagining tour guides speaking of America in the past tense, the way London tour guides speak of Great Britain.
It doesn't have to happen. Not yet, at least. But time is growing short.
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