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America's Lost Greatness

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The current election campaign in the United States of America is notable for the fact that both candidates are trying, one way or another, to answer the question: “How to restore America’s former greatness?” At the same time, the simple fact that the America of 1899 or 1947 of the year is not the same is ignored. that America is the year of 2016. Other demographic conditions, a different structure of the economy and foreign policy situation. Actually, the American establishment is fully aware of this new reality, but the slogans “we will return” are still thrown to the public, exposing the current degradation only as a consequence of the immediate decisions of specific leaders, and not as an inevitable process of decline in power after several periods of flourishing. To recognize the inevitable extinction is to plunge 323 a million people into a state of fear and panic, which no candidate for the presidency can afford.



In fact, in the second decade of the twenty-first century in the American stories ended a whole super-cycle, which began 120 years ago with the arrival of President McKinley, whose name in Russia is not well known. William McKinley became famous as a staunch expansionist, and it was under him that the United States began to penetrate vigorously into the Eastern Hemisphere, relying on its economic and military power. With this ambitious leader, America quickly won the war against decrepit Spain, effectively selecting most of its colonial empire; annexed Hawaii; and then took part in multinational intervention against China. At the end of the 19th century, the young and predatory state could afford it, for ambitions lagged far behind the rapidly growing possibilities.

Today for Washington, the situation is just the opposite. Ambition is clearly superior. And the newest destroyer "Zumwalt", worth $ 4 billion; and unthinkably expensive fifth-generation fighter F-35; and the anti-missile shield in Romania is designed to delay the era of American supremacy, albeit in a purely military field, to slow down the overall decline. But here, too, there are obvious problems. For example, the scandalous story with the Russian rocket engine RD-180, which the American industry was not able to quickly create a domestic substitute, has been widely known for years. But this is not the only example. There are other, less known. So, for the entire powerful American economy, today there are only two steel mills capable of fulfilling orders for the US Department of Defense - this is the Oregon Steel Mills and International Steel Group. And so on. All this in aggregate reflects the reality of how much the United States has degraded, as an industrial power, compared to thirty, fifty and, especially, 100 years ago. The symbol of the American dream today is not “Ford” at all, but “Google”. At the same time, the US economy objectively will long remain the largest in the world and one of the most innovative. Although its inhibition is inevitable, but inertia is also great.

In Russian society, the idea has emerged that Donald Trump is the most preferred candidate for us. The representative of the endangered mammoth American industry promises to fiercely fight for markets, both domestic and foreign. If such an idea had a motto, then it could be pronounced as “A dollar for factories, not a factory for a dollar.” No one promises that Trump will not wage wars, but the armed conflicts for markets are very different from the bloodthirsty madness of financiers, who is represented by Hillary Clinton. True, in order to revive his own American industry, Trump, he will become president, will have to weaken the dollar strongly, which will worsen the standard of living for Americans. Also, the closure of the domestic market will turn many of its geopolitical allies and satellites away from Washington.

In contrast to Trump, international bankers who now lead the United States are interested in maintaining and expanding the system, which is based on the global power of the dollar. The problem is that even for the simple maintenance of the existing order, they now need a geopolitical catastrophe at the level of two world wars or the collapse of the socialist system in 1989-1991. The beginning of this new catastrophe was laid in the form of a bloody “Arab spring”, the consequences of which will long shake all of Africa and Eurasia. It is important to understand that the “Arab Spring” is only a prelude to what global bankers have conceived. And our country obviously has a central place in their plans, for any upheaval within the Eurasian giant is spread throughout the continent from Germany to China. The geopolitical concept of the Heartland has also not been canceled by anyone, and in this respect it is absolutely not important who is in power in Russia: monarchs, communists or anyone else.

The presidential race 2016 in the USA has one more thing, which for some reason is practically ignored by observers. When candidates touch upon their foreign policy speeches, they essentially state the weakening of the American position. When a certain country N, in the opinion of the Americans, behaves “aggressively”, “arrogantly”, “assertively”, in fact it only means that another regional project has formed somewhere around the local center of power. For leaders of the New World, this fact is ideologically unbearable for two reasons.

First, in their opinion, since 1991, there can be only one global project in the world - an American one, in which cultural autonomy will be granted to the rest, at best. The emergence of any alternative is perceived by overseas globalists as a riot on the ship. Nevertheless, today China is implementing its global project, at the regional level similar actions are being undertaken by India, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, as well as Japan and Israel. Washington doesn’t like all this, but nothing more can be done. The moment is lost, and the world began to change. Events have gained their own momentum, processes are gaining momentum even without explicit support from outside. Just the time has come.

America's Lost Greatness


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Secondly, the basis of new regional projects is again becoming nationalism. Nationalism based on ethnic or religious ideas, which once had played an exceptional historical role in the formation of many states and empires. Now, when the “society of prosperity” and rampant globalism is increasingly turning into a chimera, it is he who becomes the driver for moving forward entire nations. Understanding perfectly the creative power of nationalism, the Americans appropriated it as a national idea only for themselves, leaving for the other frankly destructive ideas of "multiculturalism", "globalism" and "multinationality". The colonies were graciously allowed to demonstrate their national identity only at sports competitions and similar events, but no more. Now the rules are changing, and no one can guarantee how this or that regional power behaves, relying on its own interests.

The crisis of imperial influence is only a consequence of a specific reason - the United States has nothing more to offer ideologically to its allies. The resource of their civilization model is close to exhaustion. In geopolitical terms, Washington is no longer considered to be the reliable defender he used to play. And it's not just that the vassals expected Obama to take tougher actions against Russia, China or Iran. The events of the “Arab Spring” and the crises that followed it clearly showed that the American “ally” itself can throw problems. For this reason, the satellites, although not in a hurry to finally break ties with the master, are increasingly distancing themselves from him, playing their own game.

Thus, the administration of Barack Obama herself limited the space for political maneuver, not only to herself, but to the next owner of the White House. In the heat of the spread of chaos in the name of saving the world dollar system, the United States of America lost something very important. Namely - the reputation of the world gendarme, without whose approval no ship, tank or plane can move in the world. Now it turns out that it can. Moreover, a number of regional forces began to act, without asking permission from the White House, and did not bear any responsibility for this. A precedent and a comfortable world are being created, in which Washington dictates its iron will to all nations, collapsing in front of astonished contemporaries. The epoch of change that sets in before our eyes dictates its own rules. Those who do not want to adapt to the new era remain behind the ship of history.
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  1. Banishing liberoids
    Banishing liberoids 15 July 2016 12: 23
    +23
    As long as they have a phantom printing machine, and very highly corrupt media, the United States will scream to the whole world that they are the number one superpower on the planet. And we just need to take care of our country and spit on all their troubles.
    1. cniza
      cniza 15 July 2016 12: 28
      +10
      Quote: Expelling Liberoids
      As long as they have a phantom printing machine, and very highly corrupt media, the United States will scream to the whole world that they are the number one superpower on the planet. And we just need to take care of our country and spit on all their troubles.


      Yelling does not mean to be, and you won’t last long on this, the author says - only inertia remained.
      1. Ami du peuple
        Ami du peuple 15 July 2016 12: 49
        +2
        Quote: cniza
        the author says - only inertia remains
        Zx, we would have such inertia .. Well, okay, let's hope
        1. Tatyana
          Tatyana 15 July 2016 16: 10
          +3
          An interesting and correct look in the article on Clinton and Trump, the sane author.
          But about the United States and world financiers-globalists, I think a little more broadly. The globalist financiers, in principle, can sit out secretly in any corner of the planet accessible to them. Therefore, they can let the United States go to the "hot" of the 3rd World War - so to speak, to the last American. What difference does it make to them when they threaten to lose all their influence, from what place on the planet, will they then CONTINUE their financial empire after TMV? This is not just about the American globalist financiers, whom Clinton represents, but about a narrow racist clan of world liberal financiers - the fascist globalists.
          1. russkiy redut
            russkiy redut 15 July 2016 18: 58
            0
            I agree with the possible option that they should move the world financial center to Hong Kong, which they squeezed from China, and it immediately "randomly" began to develop.
      2. Karasik
        Karasik 15 July 2016 12: 56
        +8
        Quote: cniza
        ... the author says that only inertia remains.

        There is inertia, it's silly to argue with that. And no one knows how long it will last. In the meantime, the Americans have 2 options in the upcoming elections:
        1. War (Hillary Clinton).
        2. The collapse of the dollar (Donald Trump).
        Let's see what they choose (if they choose, and this is very doubtful).
        1. Reserve officer
          Reserve officer 15 July 2016 13: 58
          +8
          "Both candidates are trying, one way or another, to answer the question:" How to return America to its former greatness? "

          May I answer? No way!
          1. cap
            cap 15 July 2016 14: 31
            +1
            Quote: Stock Officer
            "Both candidates are trying, one way or another, to answer the question:" How to return America to its former greatness? "

            May I answer? No way!



            ++ good
        2. russkiy redut
          russkiy redut 15 July 2016 19: 00
          +1
          Both are American puppet candidates!
      3. Grigory Z.
        15 July 2016 12: 59
        +7
        It is gratifying that my publication has gathered so many advantages.
    2. Tambov Wolf
      Tambov Wolf 15 July 2016 12: 33
      +5
      Eh, dear comrade, who would do it? An iPhone with his backbones? But again the whole riffraff will crawl through, already on TV they purposefully say that almost all the people are for them. And then they will announce, all as one, unanimously. The ruler needs a tough one, but closer to the people, but without druzhbanov in "business" . So this has not yet appeared on the horizon. They climb while a hmyr on a hmyr, a scarecrow on a scarecrow. True, apparently they say that great rulers are born once a century.
      1. DIVAN SOLDIER
        DIVAN SOLDIER 15 July 2016 12: 45
        0
        The iPhone had nothing to do with it, the iPhone was also guarding the place in the presidency, but actually didn’t decide anything (they gave it to rename miles to the police and change the time zones) ... he didn’t grow chubays with farts ..
      2. the villain
        the villain 16 July 2016 00: 30
        +1
        Quote: Tambov Wolf
        So this hasn’t yet appeared on the horizon. So far, a khmyr on a khmyr, a scarecrow on a scarecrow climb up. It is true that they say that great rulers are born once a century.

        Do not despair, the last time the great ruler was born in 1878. And if they are born once a century, then a new one should live among us, at the age of about forty, well, + -.
    3. Vend
      Vend 15 July 2016 12: 34
      +4
      You can climb to the top, it’s harder to stay there.
    4. Leto
      Leto 15 July 2016 12: 57
      -2
      Quote: Exorcist Liberoids
      Usa will scream to the whole world that they are the number one superpower on the planet.

      Do you not believe what? After all, your great leader recently confirmed this?
      America is a great power. Today is probably the only superpower. We accept it
    5. Kimimilk
      Kimimilk 15 July 2016 13: 02
      -1
      let's take a closer look at the Secrets of Humanity Management - a course of lectures on the Concept of Public Security - KP Petrov
      Part 1.

      [media = http: //kobtv.narod.ru/Petrov-kurs/video/1.html]
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    6. The Little Humpbacked Horse
      The Little Humpbacked Horse 15 July 2016 13: 06
      -4
      Quote: Exorcist Liberoids
      As long as they have a phantom printing machine, and very highly corrupt media, the United States will scream to the whole world that they are the number one superpower on the planet.


      They have a different people, it’s not our wealthy upstarts who got to money and moved by complexes from poor childhood, do we have any examples of this?

      American billionaire, stock market guru, founder and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, one of the three richest people in the world in recent years, Warren Buffett announced Wednesday that he would donate about $ 2.86 billion to charity.

      http://www.forexpf.ru/news/2016/07/15/b698-baffet-otdaet-na-blagotvoritelnost-3-
      000-000-000-dollarov.html
    7. Mifcada
      Mifcada 16 July 2016 09: 04
      0
      The weakening of America over the past 8 years is associated with the inept insignificance of Obama. If trump wins, he will restore America’s status, just as President Reagan did, replacing the untalented Carter.
  2. Wolka
    Wolka 15 July 2016 12: 25
    +9
    well, the navel of the land was torn, and did America have any greatness, shame, yes, but greatness ...
  3. gray smeet
    gray smeet 15 July 2016 12: 30
    +6
    I will add from myself.

    "We have numerous reports that bank withdrawals are taking place right now across Italy." superstation95.com.

    / ATMs reportedly empty. This happens after several weeks of speculation about the health of several Italian banks, including the oldest bank, Monte dei Paschi, which was founded in 1472 - twenty years before Columbus discovered America!

    So what makes Italy so important? We have all seen how difficult it was in the rest of Europe to come up with a plan to save Greece. But Greece is a relatively shallow country. It is only the 44th largest economy in the world. The Italian economy is much larger. Italy is ranked 8th largest in the world. And their public debt to GDP ratio is currently around 132 percent. There is no way to save the complete collapse of the Italian financial system; Europe simply does not have the resources. Unfortunately, this is exactly what is happening now. Italian banks are completely mired in bad loans, and represent "the greatest threat to the world of an already burdened financial system."


    Speaking to the Committee on Economic Affairs of the European Parliament, the European Commissioner for Financial Affairs Valdis Dombrovskis explained the problems of Italian banks with their low profitability and a large number of bad loans.

    As previously reported, over the past two weeks, the index of the Italian banking sector fell by 30%. The worst situation is in the oldest European bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena, which has accumulated a record number of bad loans.

    As this "mass seizure" continues, Italian banks will go bankrupt and shut down. Once they close, it will spill over to large banks in other European countries from which Italian banks have borrowed. This will lead to massive withdrawals across Europe, and some very (VERY) large banks in Europe will go bankrupt. As soon as that happens, the banks in the USA will start collapsing ... Game over.

    As previously reported, over the past two weeks, the index of the Italian banking sector fell by 30%. The worst situation is in the oldest European bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena, which has accumulated a record number of bad loans.
    1. todhunter
      todhunter 15 July 2016 13: 17
      -2
      I would like to believe that this will not happen, because our banking system is even more vulnerable than the European one. It's nice to think that right now America and the dollar will collapse, but as if debris had not crippled us. At the time of 40-50, we would not have been threatened, we were a truly sovereign country, and now our economy is tied to global and global crises, it’s not very sick for us
  4. sever.56
    sever.56 15 July 2016 12: 32
    +23
    https://topwar.ru/uploads/images/2016/592/oabv790.png

    As they say - "Of two evils, choose the lesser."
    If I elected the President of the United States, I would choose Trump. At least I don’t hear from him aggressive rhetoric towards Russia, unlike Hillary, who wants to further tighten anti-Russian sanctions and calls on her allies to do so.
    Aggressive unsatisfied woman, with a dubious sexual orientation, with low intelligence and exorbitant ambitions at the head of a powerful nuclear state is a hundred times more dangerous than a dozen nuclear missiles!
    1. 2s1122
      2s1122 15 July 2016 14: 19
      +1
      Damn, two affiliate players who stand each other
  5. Holsten
    Holsten 15 July 2016 12: 38
    +2
    Astonished contemporaries need not to silently look at the process of the collapse of the power of the "world gendarme", but to do all they can to help the inevitable end approach. And, if possible, he will dodge the debris flying in all directions.
  6. guzik007
    guzik007 15 July 2016 12: 39
    +1
    What they fought for (unearthly paradise of the post-industrial economy), they ran into it (two steelworks and Google’s triumph)
    The bottom line is all the capital and production capacity abroad, millions of unemployed technical elites and a bunch of embittered blacks on benefits.
    1. Leto
      Leto 15 July 2016 12: 54
      +2
      Quote: guzik007
      millions of unemployed tech elite

      ??????????????????????????? Are these niggas living for more than one generation on food stamps and the tech elite pushing poison in the corners? What country are you writing about?
      This is you confusing with Russia, sample 90s
    2. razmik72
      razmik72 15 July 2016 12: 55
      +2
      Quote: guzik007
      What they fought for (unearthly paradise of the post-industrial economy), they ran into it (two steelworks and Google’s triumph)
      The bottom line is all the capital and production capacity abroad, millions of unemployed technical elites and a bunch of embittered blacks on benefits.

      Actually, I agree with a bunch of angry blacks on the benefits, but often on the forum they write that the United States does not produce anything and lives by printing the dollar, which is fundamentally wrong. In the United States, almost all their factories are automated, since labor in the United States costs it is expensive, you have to pay a lot for a working day and therefore the automation of production is high. And those who do not fit into this framework, mainly blacks and Latinos, are forced to live on benefits and make odd jobs. They call these earnings "black", because from them no social security contributions and contributions are paid.
      1. Leto
        Leto 15 July 2016 13: 09
        +2
        Quote: razmik72
        In the USA, almost all of their plants are automated, since labor in the USA is expensive, you have to pay a lot for a working day, and therefore production automation is high.

        This is the future of the entire planet. Cheap, low-paid work is no longer attractive, "robots" will replace a person completely as soon as the issue of cheap energy is resolved.

        PS: I remember how long ago they wrote about the confrontation between the US trade unions and the capitalists for limiting the level of automation resulting in job cuts. The result was that the factories closed and transferred production to rising China. Now the back wave has begun, production is being returned, but already fully robotic with a minimum of personnel ...
  7. stas
    stas 15 July 2016 12: 44
    +4
    Underestimating the enemy is very dangerous. Unfortunately, they are still strong enough.
    Of course, when Russia sent them far across the Crimea and Syria, their image fell, and therefore they are harmful to us as much as they can.
    Their capabilities are also limited. Partnership between China and Russia to neutralize the United States.

    First of all, we need to take care of increasing our greatness, and not sprinkle with saliva and slogans about how bad it is in the USA and Ukraine.
    Russia is the largest and richest state in the world, and in terms of living we are on a par with the Mongols.
    A market economy leads us into a dead end; does the main one really not understand this, or cannot change something.

    Unemployed and homeless in the United States gets more than a Russian labor veteran with 40 summer work experience.
    1. Leto
      Leto 15 July 2016 12: 52
      -7
      Quote: stas
      Russia is the largest and richest state in the world, and in terms of living we are on a par with the Mongols.

      Why do you think so? Mongols live better.
      Quote: stas
      Unemployed and homeless in the United States gets more than a Russian labor veteran with 40 summer work experience.

      If you take into account not only benefits but also food stamp, then of course.
      1. razmik72
        razmik72 15 July 2016 13: 26
        -3
        Quote: Leto
        Quote: stas
        Russia is the largest and richest state in the world, and in terms of living we are on a par with the Mongols.

        Why do you think so? Mongols live better.
        Quote: stas
        Unemployed and homeless in the United States gets more than a Russian labor veteran with 40 summer work experience.

        If you take into account not only benefits but also food stamp, then of course.

        Leto, I wouldn’t think that the Mongols live better than the Russians, but I won’t argue with you, you probably have reason to think so. It’s just that since the Soviet times we were accustomed to consider Mongolia as a poor and backward country, who would have thought then!!!
        1. Chisayna
          Chisayna 15 July 2016 14: 40
          +1
          The Mongols live well, better than Armenians in Armenia and better than many citizens of the Russian Federation. I was recently in Ulangom, I saw many Russian citizens who came to Mongolia for consumer goods and did not see Armenyan Ave in Mongolia.
          1. kinolog2322
            kinolog2322 15 July 2016 23: 56
            0
            Mongolian officers in leather cloaks go around. Dress form you understand. I personally know the Mongols, lived on the border with Mongolia. Not at all poor and backward.
  8. Leto
    Leto 15 July 2016 12: 51
    -3
    So, the entire mighty American economy today has only two steel mills capable of fulfilling orders for the US Department of Defense - these are Oregon Steel Mills and International Steel Group.

    The symbol of the American dream today is not Ford, but Google

    The author, you are still measuring the economy tons of pig iron, steel and produced cars. Wake up, in the courtyard of the 21st century, the century of information, there are different measurements.
    1. stas
      stas 15 July 2016 13: 02
      +1
      The symbol and power of the USA is the dollar. They can print it how much hosh and buy for themselves what hosh, and for free.
      1. Leto
        Leto 15 July 2016 13: 10
        -3
        Quote: stas
        The symbol and power of the USA is the dollar. They can print it how much hosh and buy for themselves what hosh, and for free.

        What is the better alternative? Well, it will be not the dollar, but the yuan, what will it change?
        1. stas
          stas 15 July 2016 13: 26
          0
          This will not happen for a long time, to discuss this dummy to LADIES.
          She loves this, how she actively fought corruption with fines, already terrible.
          Overcame everyone? LADY is also a dummy.
    2. Parsec
      Parsec 15 July 2016 13: 24
      +4
      Quote: Leto
      The author, you are still measuring the economy tons of pig iron, steel and produced cars. Wake up, in the courtyard of the 21st century, the century of information, there are different measurements.


      Prala!
      Only present and future battles go for resources and energy. Like the past.

      But you do not pay attention, build a supercar from the data, fill the tank with ten terabytes of Google content and on the Pokemon Go engine forward to sunny distances.

      Oh children, children ...
    3. mart-kot
      mart-kot 15 July 2016 15: 23
      0
      You will not spread information on bread
    4. mart-kot
      mart-kot 15 July 2016 15: 23
      0
      you will not spread information on bread
    5. mart-kot
      mart-kot 15 July 2016 15: 23
      0
      you will not spread information on bread
  9. ksv36
    ksv36 15 July 2016 13: 03
    +1
    And it seems to me that there is a pattern here. There were two super powers - one collapsed. Now it’s the turn of the second. The first after the collapse began to recover, as well as new ones. And America will collapse, twenty years of oblivion, well, and in a circle.
    1. Karasik
      Karasik 15 July 2016 13: 14
      +1
      Quote: ksv36
      And it seems to me that there is a pattern here. There were two super powers - one collapsed. Now it’s the turn of the second. The first after the collapse began to recover, as well as new ones ...

      There is a pattern, no doubt. But the point is not in the queue. The prerequisites for their inevitable degradation they (the USA) created themselves.
      Quote: ksv36
      And America will collapse, twenty years of oblivion, well, and in a circle.

      You "+" for optimism. But I am afraid that their collapse will be very loud, and the fragments from this explosion will scatter over considerable distances. The old rotten world will give way to something new. It is not known whether it is good or bad, but definitely new, which is already good.
  10. Atlant-1164
    Atlant-1164 15 July 2016 13: 03
    +4
    if Berezovsky and Gusinsky had billions of dollars ... and the villains themselves ... so what is their greatness.? so with the United States. the same swindlers and fraudsters.
    1. stas
      stas 15 July 2016 13: 12
      0
      Bye, fool .. you, look how many more like Berezovsky are spinning in our economy, calling yourself an elite. And power is considered with them as with the elite.
      Take away all the dollars from them; they will be ordinary citizens of Russia.

      The authorities are mainly swindlers and scammers, honestly do not get into power, do not know how to push their elbows.
  11. Million
    Million 15 July 2016 13: 04
    +5
    I would not mind if M. Gorbachev took part in the election campaign for the presidency of the United States. He knows a lot about this!
  12. ksv36
    ksv36 15 July 2016 13: 05
    -1
    Quote: sever.56
    a hundred times more dangerous than a dozen


    A dozen monkeys with atomic bombs.
  13. Begemot
    Begemot 15 July 2016 13: 14
    +1
    The problem is that even for the simple maintenance of the existing order, today they need a geopolitical catastrophe of the level of two world wars or the collapse of the socialist system in the 1989-1991 years.
    is required, it can and is required, only this is what they will do later. America is not at all the same, in this the author is right who will need iPhones and iPads in the radioactive desert. This is not for you the machines, cars, food, which, after WWII, were supplied at sky-high prices in unlimited quantities to Europe. Itches with them, of course, very strong, but too unpredictable consequences. That's why Obama START 3 is puffing up to extend or even get rid of nuclear weapons. Then there is a chance to win again (not win, but win) in a new world mess.
  14. NordUral
    NordUral 15 July 2016 13: 21
    -1
    Hartland’s geopolitical concept has also not been canceled, and in this regard it doesn’t matter who is in power in Russia: monarchs, communists or anyone else.
    No, very important! Highly!
  15. Leonid Har
    Leonid Har 15 July 2016 13: 59
    0
    Not everything is cardinally simple, as described in the article, but everything is possible in this direction and moves.
  16. aleks3897
    aleks3897 15 July 2016 14: 38
    -2
    You read this news and you know it gets funny! As we like to talk about America's problems, its huge national debt, its unemployment, industrial degradation, etc. In short, America and Europe, and the whole world is rotting, Russia alone is flourishing. I have friends, about 5 people live in the United States, and when I ask them about the crisis in the United States, they laugh and say to watch Russian news less. If there is a crisis in the United States, it does not affect ordinary people in any way, which cannot be said about Russia. You will leave 50 km from Moscow, no roads, no directions, and you will come to a city that is not a million, there you can shoot films about the revolution without decorations. And take, for comparison, our medicine and American, our education, law enforcement, judicial system and American (it's even a shame to compare). And the Russian bureaucracy cannot be compared to any one in the world! So, if Russia "degraded" like America, our people would be just happy!
    1. Bramb
      Bramb 15 July 2016 14: 51
      +3
      And of my 5 friends, three returned. And the 4th one wonders where we can invest money ... looks closely.
  17. 16112014nk
    16112014nk 15 July 2016 14: 38
    +3
    Quote: Leto
    This is you confusing with Russia, sample 90s

    In Russia in the 90s there was wild capitalism. And now anti-people’s power is building neo-feudalism under the control of kleptocrats who have settled in the Kremlin and the database. One fucking Shuvalov who spent 40 million rubles to transport dogs, which is worth it.
  18. atamankko
    atamankko 15 July 2016 17: 13
    +1
    Hard to brake on a steep slope.
  19. Olegater
    Olegater 15 July 2016 23: 11
    +1
    "How to restore America to its former greatness?" let it crumble, but be farther away from the falling house of cards. And that would not bind us anything (as an ideal option).