This is, umair, your most extraordinary essay on America and I find all your essays to be profound and truthful. But, in this one, you captured the true essence of American greatest — that we don’t - hmm, didn’t — have to be great or special or amazing, just ordinary and content. I once felt our society valued our citizens who don’t need or even wish to be spectacularly wealthy or famous. I thought the average Joes and Janes had a place and a voice in our country. Now I don’t. It’s all about power and wealth and appearance. Dependability, steadfastness, honesty, and humility are now ridiculed. We have become a national reality show of the outlandish, outrageous, and despicable. You need only to look at our president to know how low we have fallen.

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