Now, more than at any time, Americans need to be reminded what a great country America has been and still is. As British foreign policy expert Lawrence Freedman pointed out, American power is based on alliances rather than colonies, and is associated both with an ideology that encourages individual aspirations and with a system that provides the means for people to achieve them. It is no doubt that America today is facing an extraordinarily trying time. We are burdened with trillions of dollars in national debt and a high unemployment rate. Our troops are fighting two wars thousands of miles from our soil with money we do not have.