Heidi, it makes perfect sense what you've said, and I guess politics are a little bit nastier here.
But as Jcat said Americans have been fairly lucky with their leaders and government. We cannot say that of Latin America. Pinochet, Trujillo, Somoza, Duvalier, Batista, PerÃ³n, Chamorro, Sandini, Stroessner, etc. give us that example. So, it is healthy for us to treat all leaders like dogs until they prove themselves.
But, I understand perfectly what you say
Oh and BTW, I understand your no offense meant thing ... all nations are the best of the world, in the eyes of their people.