I have read some real garbage about equality in the USA today, not least at "The Lead" where this diatribe by Janie Stevens was posted.
"In the more than 200 years since the Declaration of Independence, our nation has come a long way in fulfilling the bold vision set forth by the founding fathers for a nation in which all people are created equal. It continues to be a model for freedom around the world. We have been and continue to be the envy of many. Our freedom and equality are very special gifts, to be celebrated, honored and treasured. On this day we remember John Adams’ hope that we celebrate with all our heart with cookouts, barbecues, parades, fireworks, prayers, speeches that help us remember our story on this great anniversary festival."
It appears that many Americans believe that equality is a thing, in the same way that apple pie is a thing. But it is not a thing it is an attribute which has to be connected to a thing, such as healthcare, in order to have any relevance. To state that Americans enjoy equality means nothing unless it is also stated what the thing is that they are equal in. When you do that it becomes obvious that Americans enjoy a fair amount of equality in certain things but very little equality in others. Ironically, it is equality in certain things, for example the opportunity to amass personal wealth, that creates inequality in other areas, for example healthcare. In fact, Americans have a hierarchy of equalities and freedoms where freedom usually trumps equality. True wealth equality would involve every citizen having exactly the same amount of wealth. But Americans place the freedom to own more than other people above all calls for a truly equal society. Freedom is also placed above the wellbeing of the individual. I know of no other country where lying and defamation by anybody, and not just the government, are tolerated, accepted and celebrated as much as they are in the U.S.A. What has happened is that unbridled freedom and unequal wealth has created a situation where those with access to the media are far more equal than everybody else and can inflict harm on others without fear of being taken to task over it. That the injured parties are not in a position to defend themselves, usually because of a lack of wealth, shows an inherent inequality in American society far greater, for example, than the citizens of the rule encumbered United Kingdom.
It seems to me that equality in the U.S.A. is all about possibility rather than reality. Everybody having the chance to become rich being seen as a much more important equality than everybody, without exception, being rich, or even having enough money to live on.
Is the U.S.A. envied throughout the world? I would suggest that it is but not as much as Americans would like to think it is. I very much doubt that a Swede would move to the U.S.A. for the equality or a French person for the freedom. My guess is that those who want to emigrate to the U.S.A., legally or otherwise, are after the money, after the dream, and I have a sneaking suspicion that the American dream is all about the individual and damn the rest. And what is the point of equality in the land of me?