U.S. not the nation it once was
The words "nation" and "country" are used almost interchangeably today to describe the United States. Actually and strictly speaking there's a vast difference in their definitions. A nation is defined as having the following three properties, among others:

1) A nation is capable of being able to protect the lives and property of its citizens. Can the U.S. do this today? Only partially and in many places hardly at all - protection of property in particular in the US today has nearly disappeared.

2) A nation jealously guards its borders to protect against illegal immigration. A nation permits immigration, but only under strictly controlled conditions. It allows no such thing as "walk right in and set right down," the policy that exists in the U.S. today.

3) A nation guards its currency against inflation. It does this by avoiding unnecessary military adventures, by preventing strikes against the public welfare, such as the air controllers' strike that Reagan quelled some years ago. The hospital strikes that occur are also against the public welfare because they interfere with the care of patients. Once at a temporary labor agency in New York City, known as "Minutemen" I listened while a black guy, an excellent worker, said to the boss after he got his day's pay "how can a man improve himself around here?" The boss said "what do you mean?" The worker asked how he could make more money and the boss told him "go get a different job"

Much of the above I located on the Internet, so we know it has to be true. No, the U.S. is no longer a nation, only a country, but still it's a great country. It's not everywhere that a young person can start life with little and wind up with a lot. All that's necessary is to apply oneself to his or her business, avoid drugs and alcohol, and keep his eye on the ball, as they used to say.

Robert Annal Barstow