If the American Left is furious over the loss of most of the nation's governorships and legislatures, the U.S. House, the Senate, the presidency, and soon the Supreme Court, the Europeans themselves are furious over America's power as if Red America is to Blue America as America is to Europe itself. Thus how can a mongrel culture of Taco Bell, Bud Light, and Desperate Housewives project such military and political influence abroad when the soft, subtle triangulation of far more cultured diplomats and sophisticated intellectuals from France, Germany, and Scandinavia is ignored by thugs from Iran, North Korea, and most of the Middle East?
I am sure that Dr. Hanson is aware that we are no more a "Taco Bell" culture than the Japanese are a ramen-shop culture. They are places of convenience that fit our cultural ways, but they are not our culture -- it is something that we and Japan have been very successful at, finding commercial means that aren't so much cultural indicators but the handiwork from Taylor through Deming to efficiently provide one of the necessities of life in an efficient and culturally workable context. They eschew elegance for speedy and efficient food consumption. But we don't reserve a table at either for meals with more cultural significance -- no one expects a wedding reception to be held at an adjacent McDonald's.
Bud Light on the other hand is a sign of cultural decay. ;-)