The Yankee Empire is dying from overextension and cognitive dissonance. Most dying empires seek to blame some outsider, or some insidious domestic traitor for their corruption and decline; some OTHER. It is too painful to say we fucked ourselves because we were arrogant and greedy and stupid and bid past our hand.
No, THEY did it, and THEY have to be watched; everything was fine until THEY ruined it. Of course, the THEM is largely mythical because THEY are actually US, so those bastards remain so evasive, thus proving how dangerous they are. Most Americans are afraid of their own shadows. They don't know which way to turn to eliminate the illusory threat.
Does that sound familiar?
Does that help?
Mostly this came to pass because of our criminal, charlatan political class, but that's another story.