I have felt pretty fortunate to come from one of the most powerful states from the most powerful country. (I have switched back from being a Minnnesotan to being a Californian) My entire life, the United States has been number one, and being king has its perks. Yet with an extremely unpopular war internationally, and now domestically, and other international tensions, I wonder if my generation will see the fall of the United States from its current super power status.
I don't know whether it is just because I read more news now or the news has over exaggerated things (would not be a first), but I feel like the rest of the world hates us more than ever. Whether or not this hatred is legitimate, having so many enemies is never a good thing.
Mexico boos the United States at the Miss Universe Pagent. South American nearly burns the country down in protest when Bush visits. Indonesia stages large protests too. The really scary "youth guard" in Russia called Nashi says, "It is time to put an end to America being the strongest and most influential empire." (you can read an entire article about them here) You know it's getting pretty bad when it seems like France, and their relatively pro-American President, is one of your better friends.
I wonder if things will change if we have a new President. Or if this was all just inevitable, and that we fall like everyother superpower before us. Alas, I should have learned Chinese in undergrad.