'Whistleblower on the Mount'
The burden of being a self-declared superpower is that you set yourself up for failure because one is not able to fulfill the true definition of the word "superpower". A true superpower would have the very best of everything, better than everyone else. A true Superpower would have the best banking system, the best universal healthcare system, the best transportation systems, the best education system, the best energy policy, the best trade policies, and the best society by way of nonexistent violent crime and more responsible drug and gun policy. Those are some of the virtues of a "true" superpower.
I look at the "state of us", the society known as The United States of America, and I have to wonder why anyone would refer to the U.S. as a "superpower". Delusional, much? At this point in our history, as a Nation, The United States of America does not have the best banking system in the world, nor do we have "universal" healthcare. Instead of universal healthcare, we have the Affordable Care Act, which is the perfect accompaniment to the banking system that we have in place. If the banking system is inferior, then why have a healthcare system that surpasses that? And we might be one of the only "wealthy" nations on the planet that does not take care of its infrastructure. As a nation, we have virtually no national mass transit system. Mass transit is left to the states, which is why mass transit systems vary state-to-state. Again, not universal in its scope as a nation. If we adopted the mantra, "Everything Universal", everything is for everyone, there are no exceptions, then we might become a better society.
We are on the precipice of true change. If you thought that the elections of 2008-2012 were all important game-changer elections, then just look at what the turnout of the elections of 2014-16 could mean to our society. We could give the first dark-skinned President unbridled power to fulfill his "vision" for our future, paving the way for the first female President. Or we could choose a path much darker and more sinister. Thoughts, these are only thoughts. We are so far away from the elections of 2014, it might as well be a lifetime. Regardless of what the outcome of the elections of 2014, we really need to start acting like a superpower. We might choose to call ourselves a "superpower", but that only makes us a self-imposed superpower, in name only, because, as of today, we as a society do not represent a "superpower". We have a long way to go to achieve that true status.