Considering it all, historians might agree that the 20th was America's century. In the end, America emerged as the only real superpower and democracies were on the rise. Our nation built something that was the envy of friend or foe. Our economy was good, with the government running surpluses and on course to pay the national debt down to zero.
The 21st century hasn't started that well for America, beginning with the Bush/Cheney regime. Their tragic blunders ended with an economic crash that put us in danger of a deep depression. The people reacted and in a historic election chose Barack Obama to right the ship of state. Republicans instantly began a constant wave of negativity that lingers today. Their gloom-and-doom political tactics have failed, while causing the government to be dysfunctional has taken its toll on American morale.
Republican politicians have exposed themselves as being tough talkers, yet their actions prove they are basically spineless. The nation really wanted background checks, but the NRA said no and Republican turned into the cowards of the country. The nation thought it was wrong and stupid, but Republicans shut down the government. A strong evangelical base has Republicans enacting all sort of laws restricting the legal rights of women's health care. Republican politicians have trapped themselves into being the defenders of what the status quo was —not what it is today or will be in the future. Billionaires can buy politicians but not the heart and soul of the American people.