Fred Reed tells us exactly why we are in the mess we are in:
"The United States is the most hated country in the world, followed closely by Israel, and then by nobody. Why? Why not Ecuador? China? Russia? East Timor? The hostility puzzles many Americans, who genuinely believe their country to be a force for good, a pillar of democracy, a defender of human rights.
To the rest of the world, none of this is even close."
If you really want to know the why of everything in America spiraling downward, go read it.
Like so many of us, he sees our situation and why we are in it, but offers no ideas for a solution. Consider his remarks to be at least 95% spot on.
You'll need to do a bit of reading between the lines to determine the perpetrators, but it's basically all there.
Unfortunately - As Desert Cat remarks - most of us will remain rooted firmly in denial.