George Saunders separates America into either The United States of Huckleberry Finn or The United States of Tom Sawyer based of the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The war between the two has last for quite sometimes but without a doubt America is The United States of Tom Sawyer. America is looked upon as one of the strongest, smartest, wealthiest countries in the world. Of course every American, and possibly some non-Americans could argue that it is the best country in the world, but we American's, are not perfect. With being "the best" their are flaws that come with it. The majority of American's would wish we could be, The United States of Huckleberry Finn. A country filled with people of moral values, who aren't afraid to question what's around them, and believe in the humanity of everyone. It would be a beautiful world if that was the case. For millions of people it is the case, but every Huck has a Tom in hidden inside them and vice versa. When society comes together as a whole, Tom shines through much harsher than Huck ever will.
America would truly be the best country if we were The United States of Huck Finn. A fair, likeable, hopeful country is a great country, but to make any progress towards that we need Huck Finn as our President.