Is the USA really as abysmal and in such dire straits as people make out? Seriously Im struggling to remember the last positive to come out of the States, all Americans seem to do nowadays is complain about the economy, the politicians and the sky falling on their heads. Take California for example, until 10 years ago it was famous for Hollywood blockbusters, Silicone Valley and some rather good new world wines among plenty of other things...now all that gets reported on is immigration and the deficit. What about the military, once it was all about strategic space defence programs, stealth planes and other cutting edge technologies, nowadays all you hear about is the struggle in Afghanistan and the cost of Iraq. ...and the economy, for a country with the 6th highest GDP in the world you all dont half moan a lot of how bad the monetary system is. Then there is standard of living and everything else that the USA is supposedly so great at, yet what happened? all the international community is hearing about is house repossessions, a burnt out fiscal system, corporate and political corruption and how the average American is being shafted by, well, ..other Americans mostly. What happened to the audacious tenacity that once poured out of the USA? Dont get me wrong but in the last 15 years the USA has become kind of feckless, nolonger is there the glass half full and you'd do your darn best to fill the other half mentality,I get the impression its now seen as half empty and only a matter of time before the other half empties so why bother trying when its just as easy to moan mentality. So am I right in noticing in this shift? ...& before anyone is moronic enough to take offence at anyone non-American suggesting anyhting negative about America you just have to , this is a genuine observation, you just have to look at many of the topics of discussion on GF or glance at google news. Its also not something that is exclusive to the US, a similar thing happened in the UK in the 70's to early 80's. After the struggles of the 40's and 50's a slight boom in the 60's then there was a period of sourness where everything became broken.