I’m an American, and I’m not making a fuss about Greece et al. But then, I may not comport with your idea of an American, since I don’t even own a compass, much less carry one around.
I’d be willing to bet there are lots of countries in the world that would love to be failed states à la California, and lots of people who’d love to live in that failed state. Even with all its extremes, flaws, and foibles, it’s still one of the wonders of the world–in fact, its faults seem to serve as a foil for its appealing qualities. (By the way, I’m not from California.)
[quote]Swing low, chariot, come down easy,
Taxi to the terminal zone.
Cut your engines, and cool your wings,
And let me make it to the telephone.
Los Angeles, give me Norfolk, Virginia,
Tell the folks back home this is the Promised Land calling,
And the po’ boy’s on the line.[/quote]