America is a country that began with mass genocide, but it persevered with idealism that still survives. The present era pursues foreign genocide to provide isolation for the solidarity of American domestic idealism. As a country that was founded to pursue tolerance, this obvious hypocrisy created a schizophrenic mentality to pursue imperialism disguised as nationalism (starting with Africa and South America, moving into the World Wars, to the Asia Pacific and Middle East areas).
Capitalism provides us with a way of lowering quality for increasing quantities, facilitating economic growth. Technological advances have become a reduction in cost accompanied by a reduction in quality. Marketing and distribution networks help to create maximum demand for goods which must be low-quality due to natural scarcity of inputs.
"We only have the freedom we give ourselves through knowledge and discernment"
The main goal of government is stability. To pursue stability, it is necessary that a government workforce be focused on mediocrity. Any extremes would interfere, causing instability, which would compromise this fundamental purpose of government (some examples for policemen are here and here). Quality of media information within imperialism is reduced by the need for propaganda, in the pursuit of stability.
The main source of government stability is the Department of Defense (DOD), even if their actions are often offensive. DOD positions require both secrecy and mediocrity. The government has gradually privatized DOD contractors and subcontractors to increase competition and isolate them from the requirements of government stability. Privatizing defense makes it more volatile through economic competition and reduced judicial controls. Privatized defense requires mediocrity for internal stability, though it is impossible to enforce effectively without government oversight. Secrecy is pursued with background checks and follow-ups for the "nearly 5 million federal workers holding secret or top-secret security clearance" (as described here).
With inflation (that the Federal Reserve attempts to pursue at 2.5%/year using politically favorable metrics) the quality of government issued monies is reduced. Inflation provides the natural pursuit of "substitution of goods" to maintain the same standard of living, through technological advancements (as mentioned above, "a reduction in cost accompanied by a reduction in quality"). Inflation affects all goods and services, reducing their quality and effectiveness. The reduction in quality of government services, by necessity must affect many different aspects of people's lives. From limited postal services that are moving towards privatization to DOD workers with short retirements (due to heart-attack or other health problems that could be induced for security cost reasons), there are many opportunities to reduce government expenses on security and stability. Unfortunately, that means that America is in the process of declining quality due to the expansion of credit through inflation. However, a quality that begins and ends with genocide must also be questionable.