Forgive my rambling in advance for this, but for the last few days, I've been thinking that what is most fundamentally wrong with the United States is that we have become allergic to progress. And by this I mean that we, as a people and society seem far less optimistic and directed toward what we want our society to be and far more concerned with what it once may have been (and probably never really was).
To combat that, at least here, I propose that we make a list of what we would like our country to be in principle and practice. What would make America great? What should we be striving for? What should be important to us as a people? I figure if we can at least agree upon this, the discussions regarding policies and methods should, in theory, be easier ones to have.
I'll start it off.
I think America should provide more educational opportunity for all Americans than it did in any time in the historical past. I own a business in the inner city and get to witness the daily atrocity of lost opportunity every time someone applies for a job as a cashier and he/she lacks a high school diploma or can't read at a 5th grade level. Given how rich we are as a nation, the fact that we can not provide the best education on the planet is an absurd and ongoing tragedy. There is no excuse solid enough for why we do not have the best educated population on earth.