You know there's a 'but' on the way when someone starts with a list of credentials ...
I'm a big fan of the USA and these are my credentials. I have family there (US citizens). I have three times been employed by American companies, and thrice thrived. I have done a lot of business there, and made most of my money there. I have travelled frequently, not only to New York (which is easy for Yurpeans) but to other, less atypical US cities if you'll pardon the double negative like Chicago, Houston and Dallas. I am a big believer in American positivism (political as well as business), even if it has often been my role as token Yurpean to inject a note of realism from time to time. I am even more a believer in the American attitude that runs: if the deal you're proposing works for us, we'll do it! (as compared to the wretched traditional Yurpean response: since you're the one proposing the deal, we'll only do it if we get 95% of the benefit ... actually on second thoughts we won't do it at all). After the financial crisis I staked quite a lot of my money on the proposition the USA would recover faster than Yurp. And in my soldiering days I have worked alongside fine, professional American military types as an ally.
Recent developments in American universities really make me wonder whether the great nation is slowly committing suicide, in some sort of decline-and-fall melt-down of decadence that would gratify a chinese marxist theoretician (not to mention an islamist). Item 1: 'generation wuss' - we've looked at this a couple of times - which as well as whimpering in its 'safe spaces' is now throwing a massive chain-reaction tantrum, seemingly to prove there is no future for rational discourse there. Given the massive proportion of Americans who attend university (as least, to 'study' for one of their very dubious first degrees) this could be a bit of a problem unless decisively countered by the grown-ups in a confident assertion of rational values.
Item 2: 'generation meds'. At face value it seems that not only can these coddled, contemptible narcissists not survive outside a 'safe space', they even need to be doped up to the eyeballs with prescription drugs for their precarious collective mental health.
This can't possible be a generation fit to carry forward the flame.
Or am I just showing my age? There must have been similar reactions to the Class of '68 and their LSD-addled anti-war protests. American first degrees are rubbish, but their doctorates are not, so clearly they sort things out in the long run - or used to.
Still - doesn't appear to bode well, does it ? Someone tell me please I'm wrong.