I am usually frustrated by much of what Friedman writes because he has a talent for telling a good story that is usually a bit off-target. In this op-ed he does a good job of story telling that might cause people to think about the future of a great country that is impossible to lead into a future that it does not want to understand, and into a world that does not exist beyond its national, or perhaps state, borders. Frankly, I would be worried about the country that Friedman describes if I were China. It is an enormously powerful country that faces an uncertain future. It will be difficult to predict how that power will be used by the kind of leaders that its electoral system is capable of producing, and by a political system that is in a constant state of electioneering because that is what its leaders are good at.