Reading through this, I see a lot of behavior that mirrors one of the biggest problems in at least the US today: binary thinking.
There seems to be a tendancy to encamp into one of two extremes: the US is total crap, or the US is the best thing that ever happened, has no flaws
whatsoever, and anyone who raises any criticism of the US is an ignorant lout at best and more likely a traitor.
Fortunately, not everybody jumps into this team mentality.
The US really is a pretty good place. But a mass of contrasts:
The people here are for the most part very friendly: if your car breaks down in front of somebody's house, they'll invite you in to dinner while
waiting for the tow truck. In some parts of the country. In other places, they'll shoot you pretty much on sight.
Many of the most significant scientific breakthroughs have been made here, but there is a growing tendency to run from science or anything to do with
it: "Creation" - the movie
We have strong legal protection of choosing to practice the religion that makes most sense to us individually (including none at all), but there is a
growing tide of Christian Fundamentalism. See "Creation - the movie" link above for an example.
We had one of the best education systems around, with people coming here from all over the world to study. But there is a growing sentiment to equate
Creationism with Evolution as equal theories.
And too many US citizens, whose first language is English, cannot put together a sentence in English, with the correct form of "to, too, two" or
"there, their, they're".
When disasters hit around the world, the US is there with assistance, freely donated by US citizens, even in places where the US is not very welcome.
Yet people on the down and out in the US are dismissed as a whole as being lazy, stupid druggies who deserve what they are getting.
There is an incredible amount of monetary wealth here. Concentrated within the top 1% of US population (The L
The US has arguably the best military in the world... at least, there is currently no military that can take on the US in a stand up battle. Yet that
military has a record of being abused, and used for invasions of sovereign nations in wars of choice. The US keeps blundering into one guerilla war
after another, which the US does not
know how to fight.
The US has excellent medical technology. Yet it is financially out of reach of most citizens, is invasive and is under the control of the
disease-management industry, aka the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries. And too many US citizens are just not that healthy in general.
The US operates on the free-market capitalist theory, yet mega-corps pour so much money into the political system they write the rules, removing the
free part of free market. Profit is all.
The US has free elections, yet the political process is flagrantly corrupt (see above re: mega-corps, money and politics). The voting technology is
top of the line 1950, and many elections equal the best the Third World has to offer.
The US abhors torture and abuse of prisoners, and the legal system requires timely and honest trials and due process of law. Yet indefinite detention
and torture have been made official US policy.
The US promises justice for all, yet too many segments of US population are denied legal rights, based on fear and prejudice.
The list goes on and on.
The problem is that the US has become complacent, and is losing the vigor it once had. Too many US citizens are more concerned with their latest toys
than they are a good education or a just legal system.
The US is
sick. Many citizens are actively resisting the sickness... are there enough?