I'll be the first to condemn the national-level political will of this country. National leaders here are elected less for their leadership ability or ideas than for their skill at remaining non-offensive without crossing the line into appearing weak. It's the epitome of bland irresponsibility, and I can't possibly defend it. I expect you and I would agree more than we'd disagree on many peripheral subjects.
The sticking point for me on the topic is simply this blithe assumption that seems lately more and more prevalent in the world that a walk down every street in every town in the U.S. is actually a swim through a sea of nonstop ignorance and fundamentalist fog-vision.
It's simply not the concrete reality, and smacks of the same kind of ignorance "Americans are" purported to all exercise. The government is the result of elections, yes. But not consensus. And the dissenters are not a small minority by any measure.