No, the real START of all the problems was in 1913 with the federal reserve.
Then having them put in an income tax. Thus creating a system where people are taxed when they make money, when they spend money, when they invest money, when they profit on that money... and it provides a system to track most of the money out there.
There's always been spin doctors, and for a good while in american history elections were won by the person that could BETTER RIG THE VOTE... That story in the film gang's of new york is accurate in the sense that they discussed how people would shave 5-6 different styles to get 5-6 votes throughout the day, and then go in clean shaven to top it off.
The two party system is also a contributing factor, but MAINLY since JFK... at an accelerating pace since that time the two parties have been slowly melding their opinions, where now, it's like if Russia had a democratic vote you would vote for the hammer or the sickle, when both parties are all bought and paid for (through bribes, sweetheart deals, large political contributions, etc) by the same interests. It becomes like a 'red vs blue party'... you can wear a red shirt or a blue shirt to the party on any given year.
Illuminati... well... IF there IS an illuminati, they are in charge of the federal reserve system... and are at the root of the many visible problems that we have in the world.
Corporate elite : Only because they are attempting to get in bed with the government and create a society that well, think about it, what do corporations want in an employee??
- loyal / lack of options / monopolies
- Well monitored
Unions is an intricate grey shaded area, some aspects of unions have been good, others counterproductive. Most of the time, unions start good, but then live on beyond the need for the UNion and gets more power and money then it needs, becomes corrupted and becomes bad.
Welfare and government dependants : In special circumstances I would say that people should be able to get government assistance, so they aren't stuck dying on the street... but it should be SO restricted and difficult to get that ONLY someone that has a legitimate and necessary NEED for government assistance. The reason being, how do you catch a wild hog?? You put some food on a hill one day, plant a corner, put more food, plant another corner, more food, and as you get the wild hogs dependant on your food they won't notice the fence being built around them... then you can try to tame the hog, or kill it and take its pups and train the wild out of them. So, it's NOT JUST because of the drain on the economy, but giving people free money is a drain on the spirit of america that made the country great... that spirit of entrepreneurship has been mostly lost.
The wars... yes, the wars around the world have made america almost universally hated... they are viewed as the bully of the world... but it's NOT american people that are to blame (though americans will suffer more then the people responsible if it comes back) it's the fault of the rest of the puzzle mentioned each contributing their influence.
Religion - Yes, the lack of religion... I MEAN TRUE spiritual understanding... NOT lack of people going to church.
A few more I would add :
Drugs - We represent 1/5th of the worlds population, but account for 90+% of drugs consumed (NOT COUNTING coffee, cigarettes and alcohol)... But then there are legal ones that present their own problems.
Media - People's attention span has now been reduced to so small it's being called 'fractured attention'... you can seem to be paying attention to multiple things at one time, but the reality is that you can't concentrate on any single issue for longer then a 'sound bite'... not everybody, but a growing number of people... that said, there's also a growing number of people moving in the opposite direction, MORE attentive, etc... more 'awake' really.
I could probably add more if I tried.