This isn’t about politics but patriotism is lost on the masses in America and has been for a long time. It’s old news. Heading into rural America or the heartland you’ll find plenty of pro-American citizens who still believe that we live in the greatest nation on earth. But this is a mindset from sixty years ago, now outdated and proven nearly entirely wrong or at best somewhat self-serving and ignorant of the accomplishments of nearly any other rising power worldwide.
One thing that marched out that door on the day that Americans lost their faith in their nation was the inherent ability to lead by example; to do something right without thinking about it and have others follow suit because they knew, just by watching, that this person had their business figured out: they knew what was going on. So when the trendsetters started dressing more casually and trying to find things from other countries that were impossibly cheap (both in price and construction), everyone trotted along right behind. This goes for the retailers as well who, as we all know, have moved all production abroad and can’t seem to get their style straight between the seasons. Suddenly they’re the trendsetters and what do we have left? A lot of sloppy-looking Americans.