For the past half century America has had one product everyone in the world wanted to buy, and we could have sold any amount of it- education. Even today this is true, but education has taken a back seat to the War on Drugs and the War on Terror.
States like California and Michigan, once leaders in education and economic powerhouses, now spend more on prisons than they do on schools. Liberals have gone along with this, in spite of the War on Drugs being quite obviously the continuation of segregation.
What the War on Drugs left intact, the War on Terror has ended, as foreign students now find it prohibitively expensive and time-consuming to come to the US to study. But all is not lost! We have at least run the world's largest experiment in mass hysteria and building a modern police state. We can export the latest "non-lethal" weapons for crowd control and tools for snooping on the public.
Even a very dark cloud has a lining of some sort.