Author Aaron Clarey suggests that America is so far gone that we might as well sit back and Enjoy the Decline. “We mock classical American culture, we ridicule ‘hard work,’ we villainize success, we reward inferior performance and mediocrity, and we spend more time finding ways to feel sorry for ourselves and be ‘victims’ than we do finding ways to produce and succeed,” he observes.
The first step in solving a problem is realizing that there is a problem. The good news is that polls indicate by a more than 2:1 margin that people realize that we are on the wrong track. But it is not too late to change direction and fix our problems.
In the words of one of our great statesmen, “The crisis we are facing today … does require, however, our best effort, and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds; to believe that together, with God’s help, we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us.
“And, after all, why shouldn’t we believe that? We are Americans.”