I used to think it's impossible for the US to fail, and that it will always remain at the top of the list. But now I don't see it like that, I think for something to maintain it's position and growth there needs to be a reason. If there is enough reason then a flower will grow, else it will suffer and most likely die, if the flower gets enough sun light, water and necessary nutritions then we can say there is a high possibility that it will remain healthy, but once we fail to have good enough reasons as to why it will remain alive, it is then doomed to die. That is the whole story of this universe it's creation is much harder than it's destruction and it's maintenance is even harder than it's creation. Fail to maintain it or anything within it and it will start it's annihilation process. You can only walk so long proudly and with ignorance towards what you step on, till you eventually trip over or fall into something. This is not just america it's humans in general, they will pay for their disrespect. It is so easy to be a jerk, and so possible for everyone specially those with hardly any intellect. For humans to maintain their lives at a reasonable level, they need to be able to think, or at least have someone who can think for them, I can't say we have enough of those people to run this country or any other country, those with intellect could care less about the majority for the jerks they are, and those without just never want to change their attitude, they not only do not try but actually try to become more of an a**hole by each passing day and love to brag about it. Except for the US military might, which might not last for long, there is no one good reason why the US is able to maintain it's position and growth at a pace that will keep it above many others. I would love to hear that I'm mistaking, but unfortunately when you think about it, the odds of a failure are so much more than it's success.