I don't think it was a dramatic upward shift.
I think some people saw us in higher standing and some saw us as weak.
We started to adopt systems and customs that other countries think is better than the ones that made us the most prosperous country in the world, and we started acting more like them...naturally, people like people and countries that share the same thinking. But that's not what America was ever supposed to be...
We are our own nation with our own culture and way of doing things. We shouldn't care what others think of it's not in OUR best interest.
Don't get me wrong, I am grateful for allies and friends...but not at the cost of who we are, and what is best for us. Our healthcare is a wreck now. Our enemies are stronger, and our people are weaker as a whole.
I don't care if others like that or if it helped them feel better.
I'm an American before a Republican or Democrat. I hope that helps you understand a Republicans way of thinking a little bit, friend.