I grew up there, played Little League baseball (and it wasn't even a frum league), learned about democracy and the melting pot of immigration (or the salad bowl theory), ate hot dogs and watched fireworks on the Fourth of July...visited Washington DC for my yeshiva elementary school's 8th grade class trip, participated in demonstrations for Soviet Jewry (and got arrested once or twice with my YU shiur)...and of course, it's the land of freedom of speech, freedom of religion and amazing economic opportunity.
Unfotunately, the United State of America does not always have the best interests of World Jewry at the top of its agenda. I recall the fateful voyage of the St. Louis, overflowing with Jewish refugees escaping Nazi Germany that was refused entry to the US (or anywhere else for that matter), and were forced to return to Germany where they all met their death in the gas chambers.
It could be the occasional State Department Foreign Policy which heavily leans in favor of Arab oil at the expense of Israel's security.
Or, it could be the CIA's refusal to let Israel know about the whereabouts of Nazi War Criminals.
The CIA organized Cold War spy networks that included former Nazis and failed to act on a 1958 report that fugitive Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann was living in Argentina, newly released CIA records show.
"The CIA based its decisions about using former SS men or unreconstructed Nazis solely on operational considerations. . . . Hiring these tainted individuals brought little other than operational problems and moral confusion to our government's intelligence community"
The CIA knew where they were but didn't want to harm their own interests with Germany, expose their contacts, etc. -- bottom line, alot of them got away, and it took the Israeli Mossad an additional 2 years to track down Adolph Eichmann and bring him to justice in Israel. (The same Truth, Justice, and the American Way?)
This is not an across-the-boards condemnation of the United States in any way -- I still think it's a great country, and probably a great place for the Jewish people to have revived themselves after the devestation of the Holocaust, and it can still be a friend of Israel. Sometimes.
Yet when push-comes-to-shove, America will always look out for number one (as it should).
Israel on the other hand, is supposed to look out for Jews everywhere.
The difference is...Israel is supposed to have the best interests of World Jewry at the top of their agenda. Living here gives you the opportunity to help watchdog Israel -- and keep it looking out for #1 -- you and me.
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael