America's Best Days Behind Us?
The following rankings come from various lists, but they all tell the same story. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), our 15-year-olds rank 17th in the world in science and 25th in math. We rank 12th among developed countries in college graduation (down from No. 1 for decades). We come in 79th in elementary-school enrollment. Our infrastructure is ranked 23rd in the world, well behind that of every other major advanced economy. American health numbers are stunning for a rich country: based on studies by the OECD and the World Health Organization, we're 27th in life expectancy, 18th in diabetes and first in obesity. Only a few decades ago, the U.S. stood tall in such rankings. No more. There are some areas in which we are still clearly No. 1, but they're not ones we usually brag about. We have the most guns. We have the most crime among rich countries. And, of course, we have by far the largest amount of debt in the world.
The observation not being made by this list, is that America has been in decline ever since we abandoned our heritage, morals and religious foundations after WWII. Our pursuit of egalitarian fairness and socialist multiculturalism and our turning our back on our religious foundations, to pursue and replace our faith with secular humanism.
Everything in the above list is sadly true, but the origins of the decline and the impetus behind our losses are equally and clearly evident.