Rest in peace America- at one time you were a grand idea, a literal beacon of liberty, an experiment in democracy which almost succeeded. Despite your flaws, and the periodic, regular attempts by the Powers That Be to prevent any change which would result in the loss of their power, you came pretty damn close for a while. You had a good run- injustices codified in the early days were expunged, opportunities and legal protection of all sorts expanded exponentially from the initial narrow limitations .
You had ideals, dreams, your people were brave, had vision and a sense of adventure. There was collateral damage of course- (the Native Americans and the wildlife) but for a while- America DID have a standard of living the envy of the rest of the world and opportunites which existed no where else on such a grand scale.
Well stick a fork in it- because you're done.
Somehow, America has become a nation of mean, angry, fearful, narrowminded, bigoted people, oblivious for the most part ( at least for those in power and their supporters) to the sorry state she's found herself in.
The rights no free nation can exist without are constantly under threat- freedom of assembly, speech, religion are all under regular attack.
Income inequality greater than anytime since the Gilded Age, 50% of the population either living in poverty or considered low income, homeless ness and foreclosure rates rivaling the days of the Great Depression, 25% of the nations children living in poverty and at risk for going hungry, health care options for the average person in many cases, rival those in third world countries, a public education system failing at the most basic level, infrastructure disintergrating...
Meanwhile- stand proud and feel safe. TSA thugs have discovered elederly disabled Jewish women are the new terrorist threats and are taking steps to neutralize them...