On July 4th 1776 The Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence declaring independence from the tyrannical rule of King George III of Great Britain. In the declaration they stated that King George had "...a long train of abuses and usurpations..." and that "The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States."
The Founding Fathers then went on to establish a new nation based on the fundamental unalienable rights of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." They built a Republic where We The People were the sovereigns and we elected public servants to do our bidding. Somehow today we are living in a "democracy" where the people are subject to politicians and government. Our rights are infringed upon daily and America is nothing like what the Founders built and intended. We The People are in a far worse state of affairs than the ones the Colonists broke away from. How did this happen?
One of the first identifiable causes of the horrible state of America is that the people have completely lost their moral compass. The United States of America were founded and built on the principles of God and the original people relyed heavily on unity and human rights. Family was extremely important and they spent their days being productive or they simply would not have survived and thrived in the wilderness. Although I am not claiming that the Founding Fathers and the original Colonists were perfect or had everything right, it was definitely a lot better of a situation than the complete chaos, lack of regard, ignorance, and disrespect that we see today.
Another major cause of the severe decline of America is ignorance. For various reasons and excuses Americans are extremely uneducated and ignorant to what is actually going on. In early colonial times there was no internet, social media, sporting events, television, Kardashians, and numerous other mind rotting activities to program and distract them. The men were literally building the nation out of the wilderness while the women and children were teaching and learning reading, writing, and arithmetic. They even taught their children life skills like farming and even law and many hours were spent reading and studying the Bible.
In fact if you watch the movie True Grit, which came out in 1969 and again in 2010, you will see a 14 year old girl in the 1870's named Mattie Ross who was sadly more competent and intelligent than most adults today. In one particular scene after her father had died she is able to confront and out smart a horse salesman named Stonehill regarding her father's unfinished affairs using her knowledge of law and business. And again she was only 14! It would be extremely difficult to do what the government gets away with today when even the children know better.
Although I could surely go on, the last identifying cause of the destruction of the American Republic that I will address here is the total lack of political responsibility and civic duty. This country and the sovereignty and liberty enjoyed by the people were not given to the Colonists and it required great vigilance and duty to maintain it. This point is evidenced by the quote: “A republic, if you can keep it.” --Benjamin Franklin's response to Elizabeth Willing Powel's question: "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" Unfortunately we are on the verge of losing it and if we don't realize as a people how this has happened and unite to take great steps to reverse it then we will continue in and are facing a fate far worse than the Founders of this great country broke away from.