The US 70 years ago:
How the World views us now:
Donald Trump is the leader of a new, hate-filled authoritarian movement. Nothing would be more harmful to the idea of the West and world peace than if he were to be elected president. George W. Bush's America would seem like a place of logic and reason in comparison. Der Spiegel, 2/1/16
How We View Ourselves:
Ok, well then wherein lies the reality? Before you start saying "Oh, that's just extremes, we're really just nice people, moderate, nothing like people think." Really? Tell me about Texas, Utah, Nevada, the 'open carry' movement. Tell me about the roughly 30% of republicans that support Trump. Tell me about the despicable Mr. Cruz, and his views on anyone not like him or his supporters (another roughly 30% at present). Tell me about the 300 million guns out there in private ownership, tell me about the NRA who gains support and money with each school massacre. Tell me about our two political parties, one seemingly mostly rabid misogynists and racists, the other cowering and saying 'don't hurt me' to anyone with conservative leanings. Tell me about the people, a lot of them, who think our constitution and laws were handed down by god.
"...what rough beast is this, it's hour come round at last, slouches toward Bethlehem to be born?"