On 16 September 1985, when the Commerce Department announced that the United States had become a debtor nation, the American Empire died.
There's a lot to be said for being nouveau riche, and the Reagans mean to say it all.
There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem.
For every Scott Fitzgerald concerned with the precise word and the selection of relevant incident, there are a hundred American writers, many well-regarded, who appear to believe that one word is just as good as another and that everything which occurs to them is worth putting down.
No sooner does an American president take his oath of office than the speculation begins: Will he be reelected in four years' time? If not, who will succeed him? A member of his own party? The other party?
Our form of democracy is bribery, on the highest scale.