More seriously, the journey made me appreciate the vision of our Founding Fathers, a republic of sovereign states.
When discussing the military, political, economic and cultural dominance of the United States, many foreigners attribute America's success to its size and natural resources. But what of Russia, China, India or Brazil? With equally vast, populous and abundantly endowed lands, why aren't they so dominant?
Why indeed? Maybe those slave-owning capitalist deists had some pretty good ideas a couple hundred years ago.