“Third World America.”
It’s a jarring phrase, one that is deeply contrary to our national conviction that America is the greatest nation on Earth – as well as the richest, the most powerful, the most generous, and the most noble. It also doesn’t match our day-to-day experience of the country we live in – where it seems there is, if not a chicken in every pot, then a flat-screen TV on every wall. And we’re still the world’s only military superpower, right?
So what, exactly, does it mean – “Third World America”?