Churchill and Emerging America

I have been reading The Gathering Storm by Winston Churchill.  His view on America in the early 20th century is fascinating.  He sees it as a country of extraordinary economic power that is lending money, expecting it to be paid back (cue Coolidge, “They hired the money, didn’t they?) and throwing its weight around a bit.  

Reading his recollections, it is clear that he saw the United States as a less enlightened nation that hadn’t yet properly appreciated the responsibility that accompanies strength.  As I thought about what he wrote and considered the continuing internal human rights abuses America had at that time, I realized something.  We were what China has become.    

Not a perfect analogy.  But not a bad one, either.