Traveling the country these past five months while writing a book, Iâ€™ve had my own opportunity to take the pulse, far from the campaign crowds. My own totally unscientific polling has left me feeling that if there is one overwhelming hunger in our country today itâ€™s this: People want to do nation-building. They really do. But they want to do nation-building in America.
They are not only tired of nation-building in Iraq and in Afghanistan, with so little to show for it. They sense something deeper â€” that weâ€™re just not that strong anymore. Weâ€™re borrowing money to shore up our banks from city-states called Dubai and Singapore. Our generals regularly tell us that Iran is subverting our efforts in Iraq, but they do nothing about it because we have no leverage â€” as long as our forces are pinned down in Baghdad and our economy is pinned to Middle East oil.
Read the rest of Who Will Tell the People? By Thomas L. Friedman