America is experiencing a major decline.
Most people can feel it but few people are willing to do anything about it. What concerns me is the apathy we see with most individuals. It reminds me of middle school when a bully would kick a fellow classmates books into the bathroom and bystanders would see it and do nothing. What happens when people give up on caring? The result is a very selfish and dependent society.
Our country was built on a foundation of independence, morality, biblical truths, courage and backbone.
Our ancestors were some of the most independent people on earth. They spent months traveling across an unforgiving landscape, fought off Indians, built their own houses, ate the food they grew and carved out a life for themselves. Today, a large number of Americans are claiming that they’re incapable of paying for their own birth control. There are 47 million Americans on food stamps, which is an all-time high. That’s more than 1 out of every 7 Americans. Since 2008 more Americans have gone onto Social Security disability than the net number of jobs that have been created in that same time period. Most people are relying on the government to take care of them but the government can barely take care of itself.
The United States is over 16 trillion dollars in debt.
And subsequently each year we are adding a trillion dollars to that number. I recently heard on an audio through the LIFE business finance series that by 2020 the US will be on track to need 19% of the world’s GDP to fund our debt. It’s frightening enough to think that we could be that dependent on other nations just to continue to function, but it’s even more terrifying to realize that politicians have no intent of stopping there. They intend to keep the pedal all the way down to the floorboard until we run right off a cliff into hyperinflation. And what’s worse, the media encourages Americans to live selfishly and foolishly.
Entertainment in the US is in massive decay.
I personally don’t watch much TV. I prefer to get my entertainment by reading, writing and spending time with people. But for the majority of Americans, television is subconsciously listed under their priorities. I have heard a statistic that the average person watches four hours of TV a day. And what’s worse is knowing what’s actually on TV. Hollywood has desensitized people into thinking profanity, unfaithfulness, crime and scandal are okay. We can’t expect a generation of kids who are growing up in broken homes, never go to church and spending their formative years watching Jersey Shore, Honey Boo Boo and Family Guy to produce an overabundance of model citizens and leaders. It’s no surprise that if more people spent time reading for entertainment we would notice a rise in intelligence and common sense. In his recent article, A Literary Culture, George Guzzardo says, “We are finding that anyone taking the time to read 15 minutes a day can improve personal or professional aspects of their lives… We are hearing about those who have improved relationships and resolved personal conflicts. People are improving their work and home environment from improvements in their attitude and how they interact with others.” It comes back to the family. We must be the example for the next generation. Which means we need to teach our children that not only is it important to be strong and independent, to take control of our financial well being and to entertain ourselves in ways that are enriching and serving of others but that the sanctity of marriage is important.
The degeneration of a society starts in the home.
In the year 1900 the divorce rate in America was 8.1% while in recent years, it has hovered between 40%-50%. Additionally, the illegitimacy rate has gone up 300%. Nearly 4 out of 10 babies are being born out of wedlock. Marriage in America is going through a great depression style crisis and there is nothing on the horizon that seems likely to lift us out of this tailspin. Except of course a community of people who are courageous and willing to go against the grain and come together to educate the population about a Leadershift.
It is clearly obvious that the United States is degenerating before our eyes. But we can’t give up.
Confucius said, “To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.” I believe that the American spirit is still very hopeful. While it appears that most people don’t care, I believe it’s only because most people don’t know what to do. That is why I get so excited about the soon to be released best seller Leadershift written by Orrin Woodward and Oliver DeMille. I truly believe this book will change the hearts of many Americans and it will inspire people to begin the personal growth process which will ultimately reverse the cycle of decline many Americans are experiencing. I am certainly not giving up on freedom. In fact, I am more convicted now than I have ever been. I would like to invite anyone who is concerned about this topic to pre-order Leadershift that will be released on April 16th and attend the special book signings Orrin Woodward and Oliver DeMille will be doing. Oliver will be in Costa Mesa, CA on April 16, Sacramento, CA on April 17, and Salt Lake City, UT on April 19 and Orrin will be in Madison, WI on April 16, Lansing, MI on April 17, London, ON Canada on April 18, Columbus, OH on April 19, and Camp Hill, PA on April 22. Let’s come together and support the launch as we take the LIFE business mainstream and regenerate our society.