By BRODIE H. BROCKIE
Thanks to some unpopular warfare and exportation of pop-country music,
America has lost much of its popularity on the world stage. But don't
worry, How To is here to help find ways to make the greatest nation in the
world, the coolest nation in the world again! But first...
DO WE REALLY CARE?
So what if we're not as popular as we used to be? Are there really any
negative effects from this? Sure, some Americans claim that they are not
treated as kindly when they travel overseas, but who needs to travel
overseas anyway? England has Stonehenge? We have Car-henge! Italy has
the leaning tower of Pisa? Wisconsin has the Leaning Tower of Cheese-a!
France has the Eiffel Tower? We have Eiffel Towers in Las Vegas; King's
Island; Disney World; Paris, Tennessee; AND Paris, Texas (with a COWBOY
HAT on top - BAM!). We win.
But still, we DO want to become more popular with the rest of the world
again. Otherwise, how are we going to be elected king of the big World
Prom? Do you want to see Canada's hands all over Prom Queen China? I
So... What to do? Options:
If we conquer every other nation on Earth, then we turn all those
countries into part of America! No one could hate America then or else
they would be HATING THEMSELVES! Downside: If everyplace were America,
where would we feel OK about having children make our sweatpants for 12
cents a day?
EXTREME HOMELAND MAKEOVER
When a company wants to signal to disenchanted customers that they've some
real substantive changes without actually making any real substantive
changes, what do they do? Make some flashy attention-getting
insubstantial changes, of course: new logos, slogans, and theme songs!
So while there's nothing really wrong with our old flag, a new one will
send a message that this is the NEW USA. Something like this maybe: