When the United States declared its independence from Britain in 1776 those colonies (as they were then) sought to “assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them”. In other words they sought to be an nation (or perhaps as States a number of nations) which would be equal to other nations.
Since then much history has taken place but Americans still revere Thomas Jefferson’s words set out in the Declaration. The words may be hallowed but their meaning is ignored as the United States no strives not to assume an equal station to other nations but to assume a leading a superior station to other nations.
What started as a modest ambition for equality among nations ended as a raging desire to achieve superiority over nations and in such concepts as Manifest Destiny which set the ground rules for the holocaust that afflicted native Americans.