I am, for example, enamored by the sheer acumen with which they manage to hold up such immense layers of bureaucracy and transparency while we [Africans] still lug with so small units of administration also known as countries.
It’s really humbling and I give it to the Americans to hold onto their respective successes as an American exceptionalism. They are undeniably exclusive, especially if they don’t misunderstand every other caste [that God ever created all round this globe] as second-rate humans.
In fact there’s no better articulation of this fact than as written in the original text of the United States Declaration of Independence;
“… all men are created equal… they are endowed by the creator…”
This document projected in itself the spirit of America that could be a world leader not by coercion but by its excellence of ideals. Yet when the original copy of the Declaration reached the Congress, for final approval, it met a sharp contradiction between the claim that all men are equal and the existence of slavery – which they never wanted to let go of.
Consequently, a few alterations were made and also deleted nearly a fourth of the draft, including a passage critical of slave trade.
Following the Declaration, the abolitionist, Thomas Day called this an explicit hypocrisy. And in his response made a very crucial statement that I think is still very relevant to the discussion of how USA projects its power around the world even today.
He said: “If there be an object truly ridiculous in nature, it is an American patriot, signing resolutions of independency with the one hand, and the other brandishing a whip over his affrighted slaves.”
I dare to assert that America has never changed its stance of two-facedness – notwithstanding the voice of reason always therewith but will never get to influence what comes out as policy, let alone foreign policy… Watch out for Part 2