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The Late Great United States of America

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

Paradise Lost

It is the year 2328. At the podium, a professor is about to give a lecture on World History. Let's listen in:

This year marks the 300th anniversary of the fall of the Republic of the United States of America. The United States was the greatest civilization in the history of the world. Today, I will address how America fell. Next week, we will look back at the story that led up to America's demise.

The United States was founded in 1776, and it lasted for 252 years. At the time of its demise, the United States had the oldest Constitution in use in the world. It was the first country in which the citizens governed themselves; where people were free to create any kind of life for themselves that they were able to make with their own intelligence, motivation, prudence, and effort—regardless of their station of birth.

Before the United States, Kings and Queens governed people with an iron fist, and the people had little say in the result of their labors; and little freedom of speech. People were born into a certain station of life, and they generally stayed there. One would have to go all the way back to ancient Rome in order to find another successful republic. Its fall was equally swift, and it was just as astonishing.

THE UNITED STATES COAST TODAY

THE UNITED STATES COAST TODAY

SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

ON THEIR WAY TO AMERICA

ON THEIR WAY TO AMERICA

The Founding Fathers

The United States was founded by the most remarkable group of men ever assembled. Together, they wrote a Declaration of Independence, a Constitution, and a Bill of Rights.

The republic they founded was based on the principle that people had rights granted by God—not by other men—to govern themselves, with individual Liberty, Free Enterprise, and without interference by government. It was so successful that the idea was copied by nation states around the world.

People moved to the United States by the tens of millions from around the world—even on homemade rafts across shark infested oceans—to have a chance to participate in the greatest experiment in freedom ever attempted by mankind; leaving behind their home lands and the people they knew and loved.

The people of the United States were the most religious on Earth, and they thanked God daily for their abundance. Their land was covered with churches built to honor God, and to come together regularly as communities to worship.

These Americans proved to be by far the most loving and charitable people that have ever appeared on Earth. As their material wealth grew, they sent missionaries with food and medicine around the globe to share with the less fortunate and less industrious.

ONE OF 350,000 CHURCHES IN AMERICA

ONE OF 350,000 CHURCHES IN AMERICA

AMERICAN CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY DOCTORS WORKING FOR FREE IN AFRICA

AMERICAN CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY DOCTORS WORKING FOR FREE IN AFRICA

AMERICANS BUILT GREAT CITIES

AMERICANS BUILT GREAT CITIES

America the Beautiful

America became by far the most wealthy and powerful people in the history of the world. But they shared their wealth at a high level never seen before; and they used their power not to conquer—but to free the conquered and the enslaved by the hundreds of millions. The voluntary transfers of wealth from Americans to other Americans and to other peoples of the world were in the trillions of dollars. Nothing like this had ever happened before in the history of our world.

The incredible wealth of America was earned by sheer will and ingenuity—made possible by freedom, right to private property, and free market capitalism. It was a meritocracy of the first rank, which motivated human beings as never before, who knew that what they produced was theirs to keep. Under these circumstances the people of The United States created inventions that improved the quality of life immeasurably for people everywhere in the world.

By the time the country was disbanded, most everything considered modern and civilized had been created by Americans—but shared with others (or emulated) around the globe.

The achievements of Americans produced advancements that humankind could not have dreamed about before America came to be. They created automobiles, airplanes, appliances, and spacecraft that traveled to the Moon. They made astounding advances in medicine, law, sciences, music, nuclear energy, communications, other technologies, and invented the Internet.

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By contrast, we today are just emerging from what some call the "The Second Dark Ages." And by now, you must be wondering, "What happened?"

AMERICAN FLAG PLANTED ON THE MOON

AMERICAN FLAG PLANTED ON THE MOON

PROGRESSIVE MAGAZINE SPOUTS PROPAGANDA

PROGRESSIVE MAGAZINE SPOUTS PROPAGANDA

PROGRESSIVES OBJECTIVE: BAN GOD FROM AMERICAN LIFE

PROGRESSIVES OBJECTIVE: BAN GOD FROM AMERICAN LIFE

The Progressives

The system in America rewarded individual, or corporate, or communal, achievement in all fields. Naturally, since human beings are of very unequal intelligence, motivation, discipline, and virtue, the achievements were not equally achieved—and therefore the rewards were not equally distributed. To a shallow observer this may appear to be a bad thing, but it was in fact the beauty of this system that led to all that unbelievable prosperity.

Human nature being what it is, there were people who were envious of the achievers. A group of intellectuals arose determined to lead them in revolution. These intellectuals called themselves Progressives. They were in fact Socialists, or Communists.

But because of the worldwide failure of Socialism by the Nazis of Germany, for instance; and of Communism by the Russians, Chinese, Cambodians, et al., which resulted in the extermination of well over 100 million human beings, these intellectuals adopted the name "Progressives." After all, it has the word "progress" in it—and everybody is for progress. This was only the beginning of their twisting of language to make "up" mean "down" or "out" to mean "in"—but we'll circle back to that later.

The Progressives were nearly all Atheists or Agnostics. But most of them pretended to be Christians in order to win elections. Some claimed allegiance to some vague concept of God, but were speaking falsely.

The key aspect to understand about Progressives is that they did not believe in any such thing as objective truth. Therefore lying came naturally to them. Those who tried to save America for all of mankind lied sometimes too—all people lie—but their lies (and other moral shortcomings) proved far more damaging; their lies opened them up to charges of hypocrisy. But take care to note; there is an enormous difference between lying as a moral failure, and lying as the basis for a political movement.