The U.S. Constitution is not only older than France's, Germany's, Italy's or Spain's constitution, it's older than all of them put together.
Which is probably why so many people think Europe is so much better than America, even though "new" doesn't always mean "improved."
Even in a supposedly 50/50 nation, you're struck by the assumed stability underpinning even fundamental disputes. If you go into a bookstore, the display shelves offer a smorgasbord of leftist anti-Bush tracts claiming that he and Cheney have trashed, mangled, gutted, raped and tortured, sliced 'n' diced the Constitution, put it in a cement overcoat and lowered it into the East River.
*snicker* And if any of that were true, the books wouldn't be on the shelves and the authors wouldn't be walking around freely enjoying the royalties. Don't let facts get in the way of a good feel...
But on this Thanksgiving the rest of the world ought to give thanks to American national sovereignty, too. When something terrible and destructive happens – a tsunami hits Indonesia, an earthquake devastates Pakistan – the United States can project itself anywhere on the planet within hours and start saving lives, setting up hospitals and restoring the water supply.
Not much point reminding the self-loathing anti-American left of this, is there? The mere fact that we HAVE technology and resources to share with other nations is an indictment of how horrible we are.
OK. I think I'm grouchy enough to go watch football.