Why does the U.S. lose the 'flare' for 'liberty'?

The deteriorating human rights situation in the United States has made the international community increasingly aware that the U.S., which is keen on chanting "democracy" and "human rights" without taking any substantive actions, is no different from putting up a real-world show of "The Emperor's New Clothes." Why is the torch in the hand of the Statue of Liberty getting dimmer and dimmer? This animation has some insights.

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