I see allot of people put down ignorance as their primary response. Let me be the first one to say that IGNORANCE IS UNIVERSAL!!! It's the same everywhere. did you ever watch Jay Leno interview idiots on the streets of L.A.? He would ask them the simplest questions, and get responses that give most of us headaches. Over in England, Graham Norton would do the same thing, with the same results. In Hiroshima, the teenagers there had no idea what happened there, that ended WW2.
I think our problem is a lack of good leadership, a government who would defer leadership to corporations, who have other things, other then the country's welfare in mind, and the fact that the citizens would rather complain about it, then do something about it. Somewhere along the line, it became cool to dig up the negatives on this country, and ignore the positives. It makes the people who just concentrate on the negatives feel more intellectual. Ironically, this brings us full circle to the ignorance of this country.