John Hawkins of Rightwing News has a fine post today over at Townhall on some of the reasons behind the aforementioned decline . It is well worth your time .

Here’s a sample :

” 3) A Government That Is Far Too Large: The Founding Fathers were small government fanatics who didn’t have an income tax and were deeply suspicious of government power. That proves their wisdom because as government grows larger and more powerful, the people grow smaller, weaker, and more dependent. ”

  He includes a very prescient quote from one of our wisest founding fathers , Samuel Adams :

  “A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.”

See what you think .