Is America in Decline? Many think so! Part 1

by CJFosdick on October 10, 2014

Negativity and Wedge Issues

Today, negativity and wedge issues dominate too much of our lives and as a result people have become so divided; they are no longer discussing how best to solve America’s problems. The future of America rests on Americans themselves — all Americans, not just a handful.
Only we Americans can stop this. If we want the continuum of passing on America’s greatness to future Americans, we all need to get involved. We must each do what we can to stop the decline that seems so apparent. We must do more to set examples to our young, to give them a future in the America we have known and flourished in. We cannot leave it to others. This is your problem, too — yours and mine, and that guy over there. We ourselves have to stop being apathetic, selfish, and uninformed of problems facing America. We must teach our young they have to be strong, to have the courage to take a stand against behavior they know is wrong; we have to teach them that America is a great country unlike any other country that has ever existed. Millions of Americans are already doing what they can. They already are reaching out and making changes in America’s future. But there are many negative forces today tearing at our roots. One force is a minority of Americans I call America-haters who seem hell-bent on getting out their message of what a terrible country America is. They are a minority, but many have power and status and their message of hate are heard by millions. Our educational system has rewritten much of American History, or are not even teaching it today, so that our young have no idea of America’s glorious past. Another problem facing our America today is the political correctness that has taken American speech by the throat and forcing us to talk and think like they deem correct. This is strangling free speech, as well as free thought, and often free actions. Far too many Americans are afraid to say and do as they want for fear of inflaming the politically correct police. If they do, they are finding their reputations ruined and often their careers.
Those most able to adapt to this change are the young people, who are called the Millennials. The future and the hope for America rest in the hands of this group. To me, we older folks are passing a sacred duty of changing these trends that have started here in our country that portend America’s decline. This, of course, doesn’t mean that because we are older, we don’t need use our influence, wisdom, and efforts to help steer America on a better course. For we all must all realize that we are falling from the cliffs of being the “shining city on the hill” to being so far over the hill, we cannot even see the top of the hill anymore. But ultimately it will be up to this next generation to respond the problems facing America, to take steps to stop the negative influences pulling America’s fabric apart.
Some of the old ways won’t survive and maybe they shouldn’t, but some must be preserved or the face of America will not be the same. We must honor our Constitution and preserve it. We must cherish our freedoms and not let anyone or anything rob us of our freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. We must keep the areas America is noted for most intact: hope, hard work, integrity, belief in capitalism, and we must keep striving to help our young to reach the American dream. It is still there waiting for anyone wanting to work for it. The hard times will pass, the economy will improve, the individual will rise again, but only if that is what we Americans decide this is what we want. If we head down a different path, what develops will be a vastly different America than what we enjoy today.

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