The short answer using the benchmark of being able to act in a cohesive manner, with leadership able to carry the country forward, the answer is yes, we are in deep ****. It may not surprise you, but I blame the GOP. Instead of acting like responsible adults and accepting that they lost, they adopted as their number one goal of making Obama a single term President (they said it) and then drew a line in the sand, refused to compromise, and rejected proposals that Obama made, some things that normally Republicans would like. At least eight years have been wasted doing practically nothing except fighting among ourselves. This is while our competition in the world moves ahead. Speaking of the Republicans, look at who ran for the GOP nomination for the last two Presidential cycles. Where any of them inspirational? Finally, I've said this before in this forum, but as long as we allow gerrymandered districts, and have Americans vote the way they are voting, putting idiots sub-standard people in charge, whose goal is something other than working for most Americans, we are going to be dead in the water. Sure, I get mad at the evil Goober , but really I'm mad at the people who placed him in the leadership position. Feel free to counter with your critiques of how Democrats are to blame, but I'm concentrating on the aspect of working together as a civilization, versus fighting among ourselves for a decade, in gridlock. If we don't get our act together, it's going to bite us in the butt.