Now more than ever: Let's build an AT-AT for America

This is where the American Dream makes its comeback, my friends.

As a famous man once said, “We do big things.”

We were once a country that made things: giantmetal cars, Hoover Dams, non-AutoTuned popular music.

But now we are stuck in an economy in limbo, surrounded by our Internets, our hipsters and our arguing politicians.

Nerds, I have a great idea to make America great again. We can show our brain power, our manufacturing prowess, our organizational skills and our geek-fueled eye for detail.

That idea: an AT-AT for America…

The AT-AT would become an instant monument of America’s obsession with popular culture and our ability to be awesome.

Detroit has its Robocop statue, the Saudis have their mile-high tower, and America will have its lumbering steel dinosaur. It’s a perfect symbol of the country right now — massively expensive, fantastically technologically advanced, packed to the gills with firepower, and yet … plodding, and vulnerable. You can imagine Chinese fighters zipping around those massive legs and wrapping them in cable. Or Ahmadinejad rappeling up, slicing open the belly, and tossing in a fission grenade before snuggling up to sleep in a Tauntaun’s offal. Darn it, we need to be less AT-AT and more Millennium Falcon. How about that instead — a Millennium Falcon for America?

Follow the link up top if you’d like to be part of a “build team.” Exit question: Just to strain this metaphor a little more, who’d be the Qaddafi analog in the “Star Wars” universe? There’s really no question, is there?