When the USSR collapsed in the late 80's, the Cold War ended. The United States was filled with joy of the end of the CW, but new threats began to arise.
Those threats were rogue states, unstable nations, and civil wars throughout the old soviet republics.
What would it look like if the US government, and it's complacent voters, continues the gap between the people and the leaders... What would it look like if the gas prices reached $4.00 a gallon and drove the nation into an economic panic, as the lower and middle class could no longer afford the basic necessities. What would it look like if the lower and middle class was systematically uprooted from their homes because of government mingling in the private housing market?
What would it look like if the US ceased to be a union of peaceful states, and instead became a series of independent states fighting for resources enough to survive?
It is not crazy... we have done it before... and as the people are less and less able to thrive, let alone survive, we march forward along the same path that destroyed the Soviet Union.
We are truly at a pivotal point in our nation's history... and our nation's existence.
Here is an interesting timeline starting in 2008... it is from a video game, but is hardly unlikely.