There's a lot of bad news these days: I'll let you pick your favorite rage-inducing topic of the week, since I'm not supposed to, but the fact is, if you were to base your opinion of American people entirely on what comes out of the news, you'd probably think that Americans are stupid, backwards, bigoted, crass, greedy, and just generally horrible people.
And it's true that these are the kinds of people who make the news, and they will always be around to make life miserable for everybody. But most people are kind, open-minded, generous, and willing to have their eyes opened if you just take the time to talk with them. And these people have effected real changes in the culture of the country, and eventually that will be reflected in the laws. And, like it or not, the stupid, backwards, bigoted, crass, greedy, and just generally horrible people will eventually fall to the wayside. Like the Borgs, they will be assimilated, or perish.