Have you ever been so upset by society that you wished you could just pack up and create your own country? That's the premise of the episode of "Dragnet 1967" that this inspiring monologue comes from. In it, three teenage boys want to leave America and create their own country, which is a monumental task for anyone to accomplish, let alone three naive kids.
Here, Detective Joe Friday convinces the three teens, along with the audience at home, that America is a country worth improving. Citing specific historical events, Friday explains how America has consistently improved for as long as it has existed, and will continue to do so as long as we don't abandon it. His words, now 47 years old, are just as applicable today as they were back then, reminding us never to give up on making our country the best it can be.