So intrigued am I by this idea, that I have decided to do precisely that. In a few weeks' time, I will, in the manner of Jules Verne's classic novel, go around the world in 80 days , hitting six continents and 23 countries. Along the way, I will explore the question of national greatness. Is it simply a matter of economics or is religion a factor? Does socialism really work or is it a government-sponsored Ponzi scheme? Is America past her prime and should the Statue of Liberty be relocated to Sweden or Switzerland or Japan as the world's new "last best hope"?
My vision also includes an America that upholds freedom. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “Where there is freedom, someone had to die to secure that freedom.” Many have lost their lives fighting for the freedom we enjoy today. Freedom that makes this country unique. Freedom that should be spread internationally. America is the epicenter of this freedom. Many claim that America is evil due to past faults. Although flaws are present, they are outweighed by the greatness of American freedom. The ideal America is a place that is still “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
The motto for the Seal of the . is “e pluribus unum,” which means “out of many, one.” The diversity of cultures, backgrounds, and races makes America the melting pot that I love. My vision of America is similar to that of President Jimmy Carter. I echo his words: