USA — we were not made great by our resentment of each other.
Our greatness was derived from our desire to prosper as others. We admired achievement, we upheld it, and each desired it and sought it for themselves.
It was the great dream of America – that each from their own toil – could be as they willed.
A guarantee of equal opportunity. Not equal outcome. But, that was the point really — success or not, you were making your own life.
We – collectively – embraced that each could excel and enjoy! And, we could do it together – alongside each other. Never did we think that we must first tear-down another that we might achieve. It never occurred to us. For we knew that such would simply deprive both.
We are a different country now. Resenting the success of our neighbor has become the standard of the day. It will ultimately deprive all.