Bitter partisanship, e.g. the Republican smearing of Democrats as traitors.
The poor quality of public education and public discourse. (Again, look at Washington's original speech.)
Overextended military commitments abroad, including arguably irrational attachments to particular allies (e.g. Israel, Taiwan).
A decline in morality, in particular what I would describe as a decline in responsibility--not just "family values" issues like the divorce rate, but skyrocketing CEO pay (coupled with declining job security), scandals like Enron, the sheer irresponsibility of the Bush administration itself, the popularity of ideologies justifying pure self-interest like Ayn Rand and libertarianism.
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