Perhaps the end of American world leadership would have been close. But with the election of Ronald Reagan and the rise of the neocons in American politics, the slide was greased by greed, empire, war, bigotry, and hypocrisy. The adults of today will still have a moment in the American sun, but the dominance of our society in the world is on the wane. In fact, the USA was once a beacon to peoples all over the world. Today it is a pariah nation to many. George Bush is not only hated in many national capitols, he is looked down upon as a unenlightened bumpkin. The demise of American dominance is happening faster than anyone anticipated. If we can elect a man like George W. Bush, the world feels we have reached the end, and how can a country with such lack of insight be worth much in today's mileu? The dollar is dying. So is our culture.
Consider the immense slide in a few short years...
The dollar is declining and is no longer considered the dominant medium of exchange. It is becoming increasingly difficult to fill military recruitment quotas. Increasingly the average American is having difficulty making ends meet.
The spread between rich and poor here is reaching epic proportions.
Americans cannot afford gas but oil companies are reaping record profits.
Scandals are racking the corporations in America in record numbers.
Healthcare in the U.S. is approaching the "standards" of the Third World for lower and middle income citizens.
Drug corporations are recording astronomical profits.
Hospitals are becoming corporate behemoths...leaving behind the poor and insuranceless.
Horrible urban and rural ghettos are growing.
Torture is now associated with American military leaders [and the President].
The U.S. infrastructure is crumbling badly.
George W. Bush has indicated to the world that the U.S. may invade any damn nation it wants.
The U.S. lags behind the rest of the world in ecological programming.
Americans have had their civil rights stolen and snooping is now a part of the Bush administration.
I could go on and on. The conservatives, neocons, Republicans and George W. Bush have been the greatest taxers in the history of the U.S. One big difference: they do not face it themselves, and they have handed it off to your children, your grandchildren, and your great-grandchildren. Nobody...NOBODY has taxed Americans like George W. Bush; except of course for the richest people in this country. The poor and middle class Americans are paying for the indulgences of this group of hooligans who have "led" us since 2001. Your grandchildren will probably not live at the same relative standard as you have. Thank the conservatives. The rape has been noticed, and will be uncovered as we go along.
Let me quote Ronald Reagan: are you better off today than you were 4 years ago? [or 8 years ago?...remember the federal budget surplus we had under a Democratic president?]