While I'm no fan of communism, it looks like we're at the dawn of the Chinese century. Has our two party political system divided us to the point where we can no long compete on the world stage? We chase the ghost of Bin Laden into on failed enterprise after another, wasting trillions of dollars on endless war with a verb. Seemingly the only thing our political leaders can agree on is more debt, while China continues to grow economically. All empires fall, sooner or later. Our downfall will be economic, we failed to see all the warning signs, an overvalued stock market, housing bubble, tech bubble, sovereign debt bubble. We are too busy infighting over who gets to go to the girls restroom to notice our own ruination. They used to say, don't mess with America, you don't want to awake the sleeping giant. Don't give us all a single cause to rally around. There doesn't seem to be any danger in that anymore, the political divide is so vast and absurd that if one party said the sky was blue, that other would argue to the ends of the earth that it was clear. Singularity of purpose, China has it, and we do not.