Competitiveness demands flexibility, choice and openness - or Europe will fetch up in a no-man's land between the rising economies of Asia and market-driven North America.
People feel that the EU is heading in a direction that they never signed up to. They resent the interference in our national life by what they see as unnecessary rules and regulation. And they wonder what the point of it all is. Put simply, many ask 'why can't we just have what we voted to join - a common market?'
Yes, America must do the right thing, but to provide moral leadership, America must do it in the right way, too.
The political system is broken, the economy is broken and so is society. That is why people are so depressed about the state of our country.