One of the best examples of this is the 9/11 crater in NYC sitting vacant for 10 years while the mayor worries about new Yorkers salt intake. Industry has their hands tied, small businesses are being flummoxed and a level of mistrust and crude portrayals of political opponents has taken over the country. When people use the word "hate" when describing a peaceful group of people whose opinion they don't share then that expresses not only the mood of the country but their under-education and inarticulate ways of expressing themselves as well.
The United States has become largely ungovernable with too many self interests and strongly held views and where temper tantrums are now a substitute for discussion in order to solve differences. The education system, tied up by unions, is also third rate where 'self esteem' is taught rather than math or reading skills.
It's a country hopelessly mired in debt yet its citizens are debating the trivial while electing people for reasons quite apart from their abilities to govern properly. America, despite its stock piles of weaponry, is a country which no longer be taken very seriously. There will be sputters and false starts but then it will become just another has-been power, much like the Great Britain.