Yes - "coming together".
A "nation", states Websters College Dictionary, is:
A stable, historically developed community of people with a territory, economic life, distinctive culture, and language in common."
I am a Canadian, with many many relatives in the United States. My father was a US Marine in WW II.
Since JFK was terminated by the powers that be, I have watched in horror as the US has descended the dark and dreary path of unrepentant empire, instead of the 'world citizen' that JFK so believed in.
Theodore Roosevelt felt that 'the surest way' to destroy the idea of the United States was to have it become a "polyglot boarding house".
You have allowed this to happen.
Money rules - everywhere.
Here in Canada also, money can buy you a ticket to citizenship - and the so called entrepreneurial spirit is everything - revered like the false god it is - as are all gods and Gods.
A secular state - with laws that mean something - that are followed in spirit as well as as by the letter - and with ideals, yes, IDEALS - that might be worth aspiring to - working for - giving to.
What happened since John Kennedy stated - 'as everyone knows, the United States will never start a war'?
You have become a nation of plutocrats, which the same Theodore Roosevelt stated was the worst possible world, in fact, a nation of "glorified pawnbrokers".
Robert Reich is living in this dreamworld of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution, which for the past sixteen years has been dragged through the dirt, profaned and spit upon by power and privilege and several presidents.
These are the facts - known to every honest and thoughtful person the world over.
But unfortunately, these thoughtful and honest citizens are an endangered species, an 'avis raris' indeed.
This type of citizen was Thomas Jefferson's ideal, without which he felt no democracy worthy of the name could exist.
And as far as I can see, Thomas Jefferson was right.
To continue the struggle for Abraham Lincoln's America - this indeed would seem to be mission impossible, and all history tells us that once a system has reached the advanced state of decay that is the western world and in particular the United States today - there is no realistic prospect of redemption.
Let's hope Jacques Cousteau was right when he stated that: 'only the impossible missions succeed'.
Let all of us - in this world - hope that there may still be enough Americans - somewhere - in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence - who may restore order to your lawless land.