We were in Aruba around 2002 and met a couple from there. A couple of attorney's... well to do. They left the country because they could. Apparently there was unrest.
Yes the US could ruin itself. We need to make fundamental changes. The US is seen as a beacon a stability. If people (Domestic and foreign investors) lose confidence in our economy and financial system... we will be in big trouble.
I think most Americans are operating on blind faith that the repair is inevitable. That is not the case.