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The Decline Of America: Will The U.S. Collapse Due To An Internal Societal Meltdown?

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Are we witnessing the beginning of the end for the United States of America? All great nations eventually fall, and the United States is not going to be any exception. Many of those that write about the decline of our once great country tend to focus on external threats, and there are certainly many that could be talked about. But perhaps even more ominous is the internal societal meltdown that we see happening all around us. According to Real Clear Politics, recent surveys show that 67 percent of Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track, and only 26 percent of Americans believe that it is headed in the right direction. So even though we are tremendously divided as to what the solutions are, the vast majority of us can see that something is deeply, deeply wrong with America.

 

Personally, I spend a lot of time writing about our economic problems. We have piled up the largest mountain of debt in the history of the planet, last year the middle class became a minority for the first time in our history, and 47 percent of all Americans couldn’t even pay an unexpected $400 emergency room bill without borrowing the money or selling something. But I don’t want to focus on economics in this article.

Neither do I plan to focus on our political problems. The fact that somewhere around half the country plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November shows just how far gone we are as a nation. And the Republican Party is essentially just a watered-down version of the Democrats at this point. On average, Congress has just a 14.5 percent approval rating, and yet we keep sending the same corrupt politicians back to Washington D.C. time after time.

What in the world is wrong with us?

Physically we are a giant mess too. According to USA Today, the obesity rate in the United States has more than doubled over the past 25 years, and the OECD has found that the U.S. has the most overweight population in the entire industrialized world by a wide margin.

But our physical problems are not going to be the focus of this article either.

Instead, I want to focus on what is going on inside our heads and inside our hearts. I want to focus on our mental, emotional and spiritual problems.

Alvin Conway of The Extinction Protocol has been chronicling global disasters for years, and he has just posted an insightful piece in which he comments on the growing social decay that we see all around us…

According to Covenant Eyes, an internet search group, 1 out of 5 mobile searches on the internet involves pornography. Illegal drugs continue to be both manufactured and transported into the U.S. with no apparent way of halting or stopping the flow. In the US alone, more than 15 million people abuse prescription drugs, more than the combined number of people who reportedly abuse cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants and heroin. If the war against drugs can’t be won, what luck will we ever have winning the war on terror? Does anyone remember who won Lyndon B. Johnson’s famed war on poverty? Regardless, let’s throw some more taxpayers’ money at an issues that money along can’t fix.

Later in his article, Conway goes on to link this social decay with the spiritual decline of our nation…

According to Pew Forum, the number of people who claim to be religious in America is declining as the country becomes more and more secular. “Research Center finds that the percentage of adults (ages 18 and older) who describe themselves as Christians has dropped by nearly eight percentage points in just seven years, from 78.4% in an equally massive Pew Research survey in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014. Over the same period, the percentage of Americans who are religiously unaffiliated – describing themselves as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” – has jumped more than six points, from 16.1% to 22.8%.” The U.S. is beginning to look more and more like ancient Rome before it collapsed.

I agree with Conway. America is starting to look more and more like the Roman Empire just before it collapsed.

A nation is only as strong as its population, and right now we are quite a disaster. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the suicide rate in the United States has spiked to the highest level in almost 30 years. The following is an excerpt from a Washington Post article entitled “U.S. suicide rate has risen sharply in the 21st century“…

The U.S. suicide rate has increased sharply since the turn of the century, led by an even greater rise among middle-aged white people, particularly women, according to federal data released Friday.

Last decade’s severe recession, more drug addiction, “gray divorce,” increased social isolation, and even the rise of the Internet and social media may have contributed to the growth in suicide, according to a variety of people who study the issue.

That same article goes on to say that the suicide rate in this country increased by a whopping 24 percent from 1999 to 2014.

Is that a sign of a healthy nation?

At this point things have gotten so bad that even 70 percent of our pastors are battling depression. The following was authored by respected journalist Jennifer LeClaire

There is no lack of statistics about pastors and depression, burnout, health, low pay, spirituality, relationships and longevity—and none of them are good. According to the Schaeffer Institute, 70 percent of pastors constantly fight depression, and 71 percent are burned out. Meanwhile, 72 percent of pastors say they only study the Bible when they are preparing for sermons; 80 percent believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families; and 70 percent say they don’t have a close friend.

The Schaeffer Institute also reports that 80 percent of seminary and Bible school graduates will leave the ministry within five years.

We are a deeply, deeply unhappy nation, and we have been trained to turn to pills as the solution.

According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 59 percent of all U.S. adults are on at least one prescription drug at this point, and 15 percent of all U.S. adults are on at least five prescription drugs.

Those are absolutely astounding numbers to me. We are the most drugged up nation on the face of the planet, and yet we just keep on getting less happy.

Here are some more selected numbers from a previous article that back up that claim…

Back in 1987, 61.1 percent of all Americans reported being happy at work. Today, 52.3 percent of all Americans say that they are unhappy at work.

A different survey found that 70 percent of all Americans do not “feel engaged or inspired at their jobs”.

One survey of 50-year-old men in the U.S. found that only 12 percent of them said that they were “very happy”.

The number of Americans diagnosed with depression increases by about 20 percent each year.

According to the New York Times, more than 30 million Americans take antidepressants.

Doctors in the United States write more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants each year.

The rate of antidepressant use among middle aged women is far higher than for the population as a whole. It is hard to believe, but right now one out of every four women in their 40s and 50s is taking an antidepressant medication.

Compared to children in Europe, children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants.

In America today, there are 60 million people that abuse alcohol and there are 22 million people that use illegal drugs.

America has the highest rate of illegal drug use on the entire planet.

America has the highest divorce rate in the world by a wide margin.

America has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet.

100 years ago, 4.52 people were living in the average U.S. household, but now the average U.S. household only consists of 2.59 people.

We are more isolated, more lonely and more miserable than we have ever been before.

But does that mean that we are on the verge of collapsing as a nation?

Just like during the days of the Roman Empire, most Americans cannot even conceive of a time when America will be no more. And yet we can all see that the foundations are being constantly chipped away at.

Will we be able to survive once our foundations are totally gone?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

*About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of End Of The American Dream. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.*

  • Get Out Prepare Now

    What a great article. We are in deep trouble as a country with only one solution in my opinion. We are so rapped up in our stuff, (we are hyper focused on us) and we so busy we can’t see the solution.
    We must be born again as Jesus said in John 3:3. We need a new heart. Paul said in Galatians 2:20 that we must die to ourselves (“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me”). Colossians 3:3 says “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God”.
    We need our hearts transformed into the new life of Christ, who will live His life through us. Then we will become a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) and have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
    Having an intimate personal relationship with Jesus is the only solution for any of our troubles no matter how bad it gets, now or in the future. Psalm 91 teaches us that.

  • dawith

    It is not just amirica. It is over the world. The last days indeed.

  • DJohn1

    When my children were growing up I taught them to find a way to make their money with something they actually enjoy doing. I told them we spend a third of our lives or more making a living. A third of our lives are spent sleeping. And the other third is ours to do with as we please.
    Of course that is not entirely true because as people mate and marry they spend a lot of that time devoted to raising a family.
    I also taught them that to give their lives to Christ is to gain their lives. To reject Christ will eventually cause you to lose your life.
    The entire way of life in this country is governed by lawyers, for lawyers. As such the United States Congress is at the feet of the people that actually run the country through their financial contributions. Which basically means they are bought and paid for, body and soul.
    If the people in charge of the pharmacy industry want the Congress to pass legislation they have ready, willing, and able listeners. If the Sugar Industry wants something, it is the same thing.
    If planned parenthood wanted federal funding? Both parties scramble to wait on them hand and foot.
    This is done through a complicated process of either commission of new law or if opposed omission. Meaning that congress people fail to vote against laws they do not like which is a complete betrayal of those they supposedly represent.
    I taught my children to tell the truth. The congress on the other hand in the form of the government lies. What is more, everyone knows they lie. But there is little if any punishment for those lies.
    Thus a 20% unemployment does not count people that have been unemployed long enough to run out of unemployment insurance. So instead the government lies and gives false numbers instead.
    This all is reflected and trickles down to every level of society including the Christian Churches of this land. A rule of thumb I have found accurate is the more a politician embraces being a Christian the more hypocritic it is likely to be found in his actual record in the Congress.
    And a lot of church folk swallow their lines. Hook, line, and sinker.
    And that is what is really shameful. There is dumb and there is just plain plumb dumb. And these people regulating our lives are straight from the depths of the Devil’s very own. And the Devil is the Father of all Lies.
    Every once in a while we get a person that sees it for what it is.
    Whether it be a Dr. Paul, a Trump, a Ross Perot, a Ronald Reagan, they attempt to change what it is all about. So far by crooked means, the supposedly Christian Party has defeated that effort.
    SO what has changed this time?
    Things have gotten progressively worse. There is an old rule of thumb about economics. It says when ever the lazy class gets too big then it resets itself naturally to a ratio of 85% workers to 15% professionals that do not work for a living.
    Well the current crop of leaders is way beyond their 15% with nothing stopping them.
    So Michael is probably right and we are in for the largest crash in the history of this country and perhaps the entire world.
    When, not if, that happens, then the entire ship of state is likely to sink.
    Under the new order of things, a whole lot of lawyers are likely to starve.
    But I have faith in one thing if nothing else about this group.
    They are by far the greatest bunch of thieves the world has ever seen.
    And when it collapses, that bunch of thieves will find a way to steal even more.
    What is wrong is that it has trickled down to every level of society out there.