I've thought about this some more and have come the conclusion that Americans have damaged the U.S. the most.
We have moved away from pluralism and have instead embraced majoritarianism.
The democratization of the electoral process, is most likely the culprit (aka, the people).
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
So, well, I hate to be the one to break it to you but America ain't the same place it used to be... and I don't mean because almost all of his czars and appointees are devout socialists / communists... but because Obama's (with bipartisan bills as mentioned earlier) is engaging in policy making that is almost what could be called treasonous by the constitutional definition of the word. I know that's not possible because he was a constitutional lawyer, but it seems that he's the type of lawyer that would tell you that you have to give up the kids, the house, the dog and the car, but you won the alimony, the mortgage, and the debts.... and get mad at you when you tell him he screwed you over.
Really, if you want I could link to you all the bills that have passed since Obama took office, but really... the change being delivered is vastly different from what the people thought he was promising.
The problem is that those politicians are no longer writing the bills the pass, they are no longer reading the bills they are supposed to write, and so they are passing legislation without doing their job. If that's not corruption, I don't know what is... and then it goes up a notch, senators were getting 1000:1 phone calls against the bailout and it got passed anyway... and you wonder why people have so little faith in politics... but this is a process that's been snowballing for a very long time.
I will agree with you that the people through the lack of caring have allowed the problem to grow, but if those in power weren't corrupt then it wouldn't matter either way.
I know too many people who have brought their situation upon themselves, but I also know some that don't care about their fellow citizens one damn bit. And those people often go to church on a regular basis....
Oracle of Utah
Truth rings hollow in empty heads.