>The idea that liberty and capitalism was what made America great is a giant lie. The US was just another Imperialist power like the European nations before it.
America was a very half-hearted Imperialist power, that just got into the game in the Philippines because all the cool kids were doing it. (Seriously - read some of the primary sources of the time in regards to McKinley and Funston.) America was much better about not keeping other countries after we conquer them than pretty much anyone else in the world.
Is Cuba an American state?
You think Germany would have given back any of the other countries it overran?
So you're wrong.
> It rose to power not because of voluntary mutually beneficial trade between free thinking people. It rose to power because it conquered, killed, stole, and was victorious in wars.
All countries, at some level, are founded on the right of conquest. What made the Aztecs have any more right to the land than the Spanish?
America's *strength* though, really was based on being an economic powerhouse of industry and trade. Look at the GDP of America in WWII and compare it with the USSR (whom it sounds like you would just love to pieces).