The society and the political system has had the resilience and character to overcome any challenge it has faced. On the flip side, nostalgia can often be misleading- there is no such thing as the "good old days". Things were almost always worse in the past.
Here's one thing that absolutely symbolizes what I'm talking about:
And of course, this:
Uniquely American responses to American problems!
[Originally posted on my personal blog at muralikd.blogspot.com, September 18, 2010]