pit bulls are wonderful dogs...i used to have a pit-beagle (she had a pitbull head and face, beagle nose and body, and beagle coloration, except instead of solid black and brown spotting, she had full-on brindle spots) she was dumb as a bag of pebbles but the sweetest dog you'd ever meet. she LOVED cigarettes, too. if you put a pack down anywhere she could reach, no matter where she was in the house, she'd know instantly and the minute you turn your back, she'd be over there eating them, box and all.
as for the "american stereotypes," i've met PLENTY of people who fulfill them all, and many others who defy them. i'll just chime in that the US is just another country, bigger and more powerful, but still just a country, and all countries, to one degree or another, are ruled by corrupt men satisfying the whims of the corrupt men who sponsor their presidency. governments today cannot exist without corporations and conglomerates backing them financially, and corporations cannot exist without governments backing them with hired muscle. i don't hate america any more than any other corrupt country, but it's the one i have to deal with on a daily basis, so it's the one most of my hate gets thrown at.
by the way, yes, if america fell, there would be economic turmoil all over the world, but it's the same any time an empire falls. would the world really be better if the persian, roman, spanish, english, or any other empire of the past still ruled the world? i highly doubt it, so i think the world can weather a little turmoil in the interest of sweeping away broken relics.