"I think that generally, the smaller the country where you are, the higher the interest you have in the rest of the world."
I think that is very true. I think one thing may be gradually changing -- Americans' view of themselves as world leaders that others follow/emulate -- but a residual of that feeling we Americans grew up with remains. Americans do tend to think of our country as a big deal, such that what is thought about or done in other countries, is less a big deal to us.
Obviously, Nat will agree with much of your comments critical of Republicans and policies thereof. It may surprise you to hear that I am also critical of some of the same things. The difference with me is: a) I don't see Republicans as really much different than Democrats. They both have their strengths and their deficits. For every negative thing one could say about one Party, something negative could be said about the other. But Nat and maybe some others only see the faults one way . . as if it matters most whose fault anything is. b) Nothing against other countries or the way they do things, but I LIKE and WANT Americans to make our own choices and do things our own way. It doesn't bother me when US does things differently from other countries, or that people in those other countries question the wisdom of decisions in US.
For example, many of us Americans look at the difficulties in EU countries now and think, "How much worse off would US be if we had the expensive socialized medicine and other benefits of some European countries?", and then we are glad we don't have that. But if Europeans like and want such benefits, more power to you.
Why does everyone have to think and do the same? What about our love affair with "Diversity"?