I think liberals are aware of it, but feel stymied by the choke hold corporate America has over most things, sort of like the Catholic church in the Middle Ages. Right wing folks just refuse to see either that the US is not "number 1" or refuse to see what is responsible for that situation.
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.