America has many different types of people in it, but as a whole I believe that we fall under the category of Tom in the novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. According to George Saunders, while Huck “likes people, fair play, spreading the truck around,” Tom “likes king's, codified nobility, unquestioned privilege.” Tom is the one who seeks adventure, only cares about himself and what he will gain, and will do whatever it takes to get his way. This is how most Americans are, to a certain degree. We want things done our way on our schedule. Americans today are always looking for a quicker, easier and cheaper way to do things. This is why smartphones, Uber, online banking, etc. were created. Just like Tom, Americans are all about luxury, and it is hard for them to understand how other people live if they are not in their shoes. However, there is some Huck in us, Americans as a whole do believe in doing the right thing but might not always follow through with it if they have the easier, more beneficial to them, option open.
Overall, we live in the United States of Tom because of the overwhelming need for “the better way," not always thinking about the good, moral way. If America could be one big community instead of individual people who are focused on their own self gain, then we could be on the Huck side, but until then we are team Tom.