... even if we are founding members of the FIS (and gee, I have been distracted of late: look at that thread!): Bryan Appleyard's Why I Love America .
"... the yearning for the myth to be true. ... the magnificent late poetry of Wallace Stevens. There is, in the American soul, this urgent longing for the best and the highest to be true and, of course, the longing becomes the truth." (Emphasis mine, and I conflate, of course - but you can read the whole thing.)