"The United States, best of all possible countries," is the conviction of most nonthinking, yet sincere Americans. Was our government not formed by people who rebelled against the despotism of Europe? Was our Constitution not formed to give equality and self-government to the citizens of America? Did we not fight a civil war to insure equality? Have we not always been a humane nation? Were we not too generous in donating millions to the Japanese earthquake relief, just to turn around and have them "stab us in the back" at Pearl Harbor? Have we not more radios, telephones, automobiles, washing machines, lawn mowers and phonographs than all the rest of the world? Is our standard of living not higher than that of any other country?
But, upon reflection, is the United States the best of all possible countries?
"Variations On A Theme By Candide,"
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