Achieving even minimal community empathy in the US at a national level is impossible, I think. It will have to break up into urban based regions. Metropolitan administrations are less political and held in much higher regard. There is a reason for that and it ties to both scale and movement of people to direct forms of administration that are now possible technically.
The large nation-states are now parasites that rely on fascist forms of fear and hatred to hold control. Their populations barely tolerate the but that could not be said. The pandemic and climate crisis has shattered that illusion.