A world without America in this sense—the beacon, the inspiration, the speaker of truth—would be a world deprived of hopefulness. And so we must be our best selves again not only for us but for the world. ~Peggy Noonan
Really? The world would be deprived of hopefulness without this? One wonders how the world ever got along without us. By all means, let’s “be our best selves again,” but couldn’t we be our best selves for the sake of being true to who we are as a people? If they wish, other nations can look to us and find inspiration, or perhaps they could look to themselves and find inspiration from their own successes. Americans should speak the truth because that is the moral and honorable thing to do. If others are encouraged by that, that’s good, but we really have to give up this pretense to universal importance.