In December 2013, I posted a link to a column by the late lamented Art Hoppe, reproduced on the San Francisco Chronicle's SFGate web site. I have another one for you, assuming you can get past the paywall for sfchronicle.com, which is where the Chronicle Classic series is posted online.
Today's column is called The Mightiest Nation, originally published on July 15, 1987. Read it and weep - I hope you can get to it. It sounds merely mildly sarcastic until you get to the last paragraph, which raised the hair on the back of my neck.