It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands.
More George Santayana quotes :
To delight in war is a merit in the soldier, a dangerous quality in the captain, and a positive crime in the statesman.George Santayana
It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.George Santayana
The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate they are green and vigorous in old age.George Santayana