Maybe I'm a brute, but there is no point in asking what my country, the USA, can do for me. The answer is nothing. Similarly, there is nothing that can be done to redirect the awful direction we're taking economically, or to make a dent in our cultural directions or inclinations. No point in trying. The only thing that can be done (worldwide) is to help other individuals, but certainly not for patriotic or religious reasons.
I have lived in Vietnam now for over a year. I am appalled by the lack of respect people show for each other. They push, they shove, they run into you, they run in front of you. They jump on a bus before other people get off. There are apparently no traffic laws. As someone said above, laws or rules here are just broken, just ignored. There is, as far as I can see, no social etiquette or grace.
There is a nice little restaurant maybe 25 paces from my front door in HCM City on Cao Thang. As I walked there today, on the right hand side of the street, on the sidewalk, a man on a motorcycle hit me from behind. Did he apologize or say anything? He sort of smiled like so sorry, too bad. ON THE SIDEWALK! You can't even walk here. You can't cross the street. Does anyone know what it means to yield? Do you have such a word in Vietnamese?
My girlfriend can only walk with a cane and can't stand up by herself. She has fallen down on the street, or off her three-wheeler, and people just passed her by. Would they do that in Singapore? In Chicago, my city? NO
I really can't stand it here any longer. People just expect others to be rude, and therefore they are rude themselves. "Do unto others .. only do it first."
Do I want to leave a country where there is no law (that is obeyed) for a country with too many laws? Tough question.
Maybe if the US were as overcrowded as Vietnam, we would all be hurrying and fighting for the same rice bowl as you seem to be doing here. People are after all just people. I know we would eventually degrade ourselves to such a level under such circumstances too.
As far as I can see, the main good thing about the US is there is room to move about, freedom of movement, fewer people, more space. Of course, you can breathe the air too. To me, the food is better too, regardless of what a commentator said above. More variety and safer. The TV is better too.
Vietnamese people under different circumstances are very nice. Once you leave your front door, though, you enter a jungle. I very much wanted Vietnam to be my country. I have so many wonderful Vietnamese friends. I guess I was naive enough to believe I could become Vietnamese myself.