What Can Be Done to Avoid Our Nation’s Decline?

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People ask what can be done to save our nation from decline. To ask that represents a misunderstanding of history and possibly a bit of arrogance. After all, how different are Americans from the Romans, Spaniards, French and the English? These were once mighty nations standing at the top of civilization. At the height of these nation’s prosperity, no one would have predicted that they’d become third-rate nations, especially England. If during Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1887 had a person suggested that England would become a third-rate nation and later challenged on the high seas by a sixth-rate nation (Argentina), he would have been declared insane.

One chief causal factor for the decline of these former great nations is what has been described as “bread and circuses,” where government spends money for the shallow and immediate wants of the population, and civic virtue all but disappears. For the past half-century, our nation has been doing precisely what brought down other great nations. We might have now reached the point of no return. If so, do we deserve it?

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  • Axe

    "If so, do we deserve it?"

    I don't.

    And to answer the headline's question: "Gall." We make our own path. I see some fat chicks barking about fire never melting steel, but no singing. "Going gently into that good night" is just not the American way.

  • Tom Fleming

    What can be done? How about Williams/Sowell (or Sowell/Williams, take your pick) for Presidential ticket?

  • Ageofreason

    Mr. Williams' plain talk, as usual, is right on target. The matter is so serious that it rivals the anything America has ever faced even from before there was a Declaration of Independence. America does not need a "business as usual president." It needs one who knows history, understands the founding principles and is prepared to fight for them to the bitter end. But a president can do nothing if the people fail to understand what is happening to America. In the schools and MSM propagandists have taken over what were once pillars of American democracy, and twisted and corrupted them to ensure that Americans remain ignorant and misguided. Plain talk may be the only cure: facts, the courage to voice them, and knowledge of the enemy who speaks only in lies, half-truths, evasions, and equivocations while cloaked in a deceitful mantle of "caring", "hope", and "social" responsibility.

  • Supreme_Galooty

    America doesn't need THIS president or THAT president you abject morons. This country needs an educated electorate – not something likely to transpire in any meaningful form in the next few decades. What WILL transpire is a complete meltdown.

    "So long, it's been good to know ya." – Woodie Guthrie

  • Tom Fleming

    Well I could be an abject moron I suppose, but I do believe that the Presidential choice DOES matter. I recall a man named Reagan who helped us a little bit anyway…