Correction - the US WAS in the lead. Some of damage done by the Trump administration on the international stage is irreversible, and Putin (who most Trump supporters also support) was successfully able to elevate himself above the United States Presidency in terms of influence and power.
This has been a trend of the past 20 years and just escalated exponentially after 2016.
This isn’t Liberalism speaking, by the way - I can put on my 1990’s conservative “hat” anytime I want. As a person who was far more conservative than liberal in 1990 (and even enjoyed listening to conservative talk radio / Rush Limbaugh, Drudge, etc.) - the extreme drop in power and influence that the US took on the world stage during the Trump administration is alarming.
My Liberal education points out that the US abused this power and influence when we did have it. This is compounded by my spiritual self that sees the concept of American Exceptionalism as just spiritually wrong. Non US Citizens are not less human than US citizens, and US citizens were just lucky to have been separated by an ocean from Hitler and stay out of the war until the US got their industry in a war mode. Modern Americans were just lucky in the cosmic throw of the dice to have been born in the US as a result of that lucky Ocean that prevented Hitler’s Panzers from Bitzkreiging across North America. As aside note, cross pollinating the games topic - anyone who’s played any WW III strategy sim just knows that the Atlantic Ocean is why the Allies won. Not any kind of exceptionalism. Just geography.
The summary of all this is that this idea that
Is pretty much mythology. “Best” begs the question “for whom?” I find Mainland cities the most unpleasant places I’ve lived. The quality and richness of life of your average US inhabitant is slightly below that of the average inhabitant of any other G-7 country. Those are just the facts we can back up by numbers. Growth in GDP is good for the few but irrelevant to the quality of life of 90% of the population. It’s only “best” if you ignore the “worst”.
The irony of the whole unfolding of the years 2012 to present is that the Conservative party has abandoned it’s core ideologies. Both the right and the left seek “Internal Quadrant Control”. What else is patriotic fervor and beating the “America is Great” drum except the very same demand for control and dominion that you ascribe to Liberals? The Trump Republican party seeks domination that “flies in the face of fairness, justice and yes morality” Trump is decidedly an authoritarian, which is a major reason why Republicans love him. The faults you find with Liberals are multiplied inside Trump Conservatives and will implement a new fascism.
There is no way to “assure” anything. It requires involvement of the population. If the population abandons their own ability to even think, then conservative or liberal are both just two flavors of the same Red / Amber shit sandwich.
This is wat you are not seeing - because you think that if you “beat” liberals (Slay the Dragon) - you will somehow be better. But defeating another group does not make you better. Might does not make right. Killing another person does not make you more honorable. Exploiting other weaker countries does not make Americans "exceptional’. A new Trump Authoritarian Dictatorship where police open fire on BLM protestors will not Make America Great.
I know I’m just talking to myself - not a single word will get through to you. I understood that way back in 2001 and started adjusting my life way back then. 2001 was when I first started to see where this conservative train was headed, and I have to say I’ve been generally correct. It all started with electing a C student, lol. I understand what will happens when 49% of the population is willing to adopt whatever morality is necessary to cheat the 51% and force them to accept Authoritarian Fascism. My planning to maintain international options for my progeny and not be stuck in whatever fascist madness will be forced onto the population by the “deplorable” 49% (actually a prophetic term by Hillary Clinton. I don’t think she knew how deplorable “your side” will become if they gain power again).