WASHINGTON – At the end of a tumultuous, downbeat year, is the United States of America still a great nation?
You will hear a lot about who believes that America is an exceptional nation in the 2012 campaigns. It will be more consequential than the normal election-year hyperbole. The past year of dysfunction, doubt and diversion has prompted some to question the very efficacy and sustainability of the republic. Deep divisions in Congress produced Band-Aids on a debt cancer. Public sentiment shifted toward a belief that the political system is not just dysfunctional but corrupt. The global economy skirted around one crisis after another.
Advertisement - story continues below