Like most American's, it was better before the Republicans trashed the US economy. And a lot better before I got the Iraq War loaded unto my national identity. (As the old joke put it: you know what they call a German who opposed the Nazi takeover of their country, did what a reasonable person would do to prevent evil from taking control of German industry and capabilities, politely objected to the degradation of their once wonderful country by thugs and corrupt swine? They call them "German". ) But it's still pretty good - not as good as the Northern Cheyenne enjoyed in their heyday, but not bad at all. The tragedy of the wrecking of my favorite country by people who should know better, who have no excuse even for ignorance after the photos of Abu Ghraib, takes the glow off.