… at America — not from any kind of particularly partisan lens, or with any kind of preconceptions — if we just look at America as unsparing observers, we see a people fighting bitterly among themselves, a country struggling, one in profound upheaval and turmoil. It’s not a happy place to be. It’s as if America is hell-bent on confirming, as visibly and proudly as possible, the worst suspicions that all its fiercest critics had. Something is going badly wrong. But what exactly?