Unhappy America: Will The United States Collapse Due To An Internal Societal Meltdown?

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American Flag Blowing In The Wind - Public DomainAre we witnessing the beginning of the end for the United States of America?  All great nations eventually fall, and the United States is not going to be any exception.  Many of those that write about the decline of our once great country tend to focus on external threats, and there are certainly many that could be talked about.  But perhaps even more ominous is the internal societal meltdown that we see happening all around us.  According to Real Clear Politics, recent surveys show that 67 percent of Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track, and only 26 percent of Americans believe that it is headed in the right direction.  So even though we are tremendously divided as to what the solutions are, the vast majority of us can see that something is deeply, deeply wrong with America.

 

Personally, I spend a lot of time writing about our economic problems.  We have piled up the largest mountain of debt in the history of the planet, last year the middle class became a minority for the first time in our history, and 47 percent of all Americans couldn’t even pay an unexpected $400 emergency room bill without borrowing the money or selling something.  But I don’t want to focus on economics in this article.

Neither do I plan to focus on our political problems.  The fact that somewhere around half the country plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in November shows just how far gone we are as a nation.  And the Republican Party is essentially just a watered-down version of the Democrats at this point.  On average, Congress has just a 14.5 percent approval rating, and yet we keep sending the same corrupt politicians back to Washington D.C. time after time.

What in the world is wrong with us?

Physically we are a giant mess too.  According to USA Today, the obesity rate in the United States has more than doubled over the past 25 years, and the OECD has found that the U.S. has the most overweight population in the entire industrialized world by a wide margin.

But our physical problems are not going to be the focus of this article either.

Instead, I want to focus on what is going on inside our heads and inside our hearts.  I want to focus on our mental, emotional and spiritual problems.

Alvin Conway of The Extinction Protocol has been chronicling global disasters for years, and he has just posted an insightful piece in which he comments on the growing social decay that we see all around us…

According to Covenant Eyes, an internet search group, 1 out of 5 mobile searches on the internet involves pornography. Illegal drugs continue to be both manufactured and transported into the U.S. with no apparent way of halting or stopping the flow. In the US alone, more than 15 million people abuse prescription drugs, more than the combined number of people who reportedly abuse cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants and heroin. If the war against drugs can’t be won, what luck will we ever have winning the war on terror? Does anyone remember who won Lyndon B. Johnson’s famed war on poverty? Regardless, let’s throw some more taxpayers’ money at an issues that money along can’t fix.

Later in his article, Conway goes on to link this social decay with the spiritual decline of our nation…

According to Pew Forum, the number of people who claim to be religious in America is declining as the country becomes more and more secular. “Research Center finds that the percentage of adults (ages 18 and older) who describe themselves as Christians has dropped by nearly eight percentage points in just seven years, from 78.4% in an equally massive Pew Research survey in 2007 to 70.6% in 2014. Over the same period, the percentage of Americans who are religiously unaffiliated – describing themselves as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular” – has jumped more than six points, from 16.1% to 22.8%.” The U.S. is beginning to look more and more like ancient Rome before it collapsed.

I agree with Conway.  America is starting to look more and more like the Roman Empire just before it collapsed.

A nation is only as strong as its population, and right now we are quite a disaster.  According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the suicide rate in the United States has spiked to the highest level in almost 30 years.  The following is an excerpt from a Washington Post article entitled “U.S. suicide rate has risen sharply in the 21st century“…

The U.S. suicide rate has increased sharply since the turn of the century, led by an even greater rise among middle-aged white people, particularly women, according to federal data released Friday.

Last decade’s severe recession, more drug addiction, “gray divorce,” increased social isolation, and even the rise of the Internet and social media may have contributed to the growth in suicide, according to a variety of people who study the issue.

That same article goes on to say that the suicide rate in this country increased by a whopping 24 percent from 1999 to 2014.

Is that a sign of a healthy nation?

At this point things have gotten so bad that even 70 percent of our pastors are battling depression.  The following was authored by respected journalist Jennifer LeClaire

There is no lack of statistics about pastors and depression, burnout, health, low pay, spirituality, relationships and longevity—and none of them are good. According to the Schaeffer Institute, 70 percent of pastors constantly fight depression, and 71 percent are burned out. Meanwhile, 72 percent of pastors say they only study the Bible when they are preparing for sermons; 80 percent believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families; and 70 percent say they don’t have a close friend.

The Schaeffer Institute also reports that 80 percent of seminary and Bible school graduates will leave the ministry within five years.

We are a deeply, deeply unhappy nation, and we have been trained to turn to pills as the solution.

According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 59 percent of all U.S. adults are on at least one prescription drug at this point, and 15 percent of all U.S. adults are on at least five prescription drugs.

Those are absolutely astounding numbers to me.  We are the most drugged up nation on the face of the planet, and yet we just keep on getting less happy.

Here are some more selected numbers from a previous article that back up that claim…

Back in 1987, 61.1 percent of all Americans reported being happy at work.  Today, 52.3 percent of all Americans say that they are unhappy at work.

A different survey found that 70 percent of all Americans do not “feel engaged or inspired at their jobs”.

One survey of 50-year-old men in the U.S. found that only 12 percent of them said that they were “very happy”.

The number of Americans diagnosed with depression increases by about 20 percent each year.

According to the New York Times, more than 30 million Americans take antidepressants.

Doctors in the United States write more than 250 million prescriptions for antidepressants each year.

The rate of antidepressant use among middle aged women is far higher than for the population as a whole.  It is hard to believe, but right now one out of every four women in their 40s and 50s is taking an antidepressant medication.

Compared to children in Europe, children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants.

In America today, there are 60 million people that abuse alcohol and there are 22 million people that use illegal drugs.

America has the highest rate of illegal drug use on the entire planet.

America has the highest divorce rate in the world by a wide margin.

America has the highest percentage of one person households on the entire planet.

100 years ago, 4.52 people were living in the average U.S. household, but now the average U.S. household only consists of 2.59 people.

We are more isolated, more lonely and more miserable than we have ever been before.

But does that mean that we are on the verge of collapsing as a nation?

Just like during the days of the Roman Empire, most Americans cannot even conceive of a time when America will be no more.  And yet we can all see that the foundations are being constantly chipped away at.

Will we be able to survive once our foundations are totally gone?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

*About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of End Of The American Dream. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.*

 
  • It will be like the Roman Empire: A collapse from within politically, economically, socially and most of all spiritually. Charles Finney nailed it in 1873 when he said:

    “Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If
    immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great
    degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is
    responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral
    discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is
    degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the
    world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible
    for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is
    responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the
    very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the
    pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear
    brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to
    our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.”

    EVERY preacher in America needs to read this and then look in the mirror asking, “Do I fit this description?”

    • tacoma

      I disagree. It will be like the Spanish Empire.

  • Robert

    I have never seen “collapse” defined here. In some sense, segments of our society have already collapsed such as the millions of unemployed and millions addicted to drugs and millions who are ill with some disease. There are large numbers of businesses that have collapsed. But what does a national collapse look like? The Roman Empire lasted for centuries. When the Republic faded and emperor worship came in then the moral fiber of the empire gave way yet the empire became christianized. Maybe there is something wrong with how we do Christianity.

    • Philosopher

      I agree. Ancient Rome imploded from within but still hung on. It still exists, now, in many ways but with another name. I suppose the last reminder of Rome are the fountains in Italy and the Catholic Church.

  • watchmannonthewall

    “I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodius harbors and her ample rivers, and it was not there; in her fertile fields and boundless prairies, and it was not there; in her rich mines and her vast world commerce, and it was not there. Not until I went to the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” (Alexis De Toqueville, a French philosopher who came and visited America in those earlier days)
    I think we are findiing out what the meaning of what he said in the last part of his quote.

    • messtime

      About this: “America is great because she is good, and if America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” Problem is America was never as good or as great as this statement implies. Especially white Americans who were always running over someone somewhere for their own perceived benefit.

      • watchmannonthewall

        Alexis de Toqueville died in 1859 at the age of 54.

        • David_R59

          The neocons? Try the socialists.
          The socialists, in all their guises, have been the cause of more problems than the more recent neocons.

          • jsmith

            But better yet, is this the group that one cannot criticize because then they will call you an anti-something?

          • MikeAZwildcats

            Neocons are socialists lol

      • jaxon64

        Self-hating liberals, it must really suck to be you. Your probably one of those miserable pill poppers that the article speaks about.

        • rls976

          From the look of his photo I would say he is more likely to be a doughnut popper.

        • Gay Veteran

          can’t rebut the argument so you resort to name calling

      • Jodie Lynn Gaeta

        Oh sure. White Americans are the only people whose history includes conquest and slavery. Let’s flagellate ourselves again for our depredations, the sort of which are unheard of in any part of the globe, in any era.

        • Gay Veteran

          isn’t confession good for the soul, eh

      • P>Hopkins

        WHAAAAAA!!!!! America bad! How about you leave and go over to Europe you crybaby. Go self-loathe over there…we are all tired of it here.

      • MikeAZwildcats

        Everyone of all races and cultures was always running over someone for all of human history. Conquest has been happening since the dawn of human history stupid.

    • College Geek

      Come on down to Southern Appalachia. The preaching is still as fiery and Bible based as the 1800s. The entire region is filled with “Repent” signs.

      Just don’t touch our Confederate flags, make fun of the way we speak, or try to remove firearms from our Church congregations.

      Hell my Church has its own shooting range.

      • Paul in NC

        I moved to NC from that strange foreign land called New England, and thankfully what you say is correct. This is why I feel so blessed to live in the south. It feels a whole lot more like America than where I come from.

        Please never change or allow political correctness to make you feel like you need to change.
        The nonsense that happen in SC when they removed the confederate flag made me sick, and the threats and compromise happening in Charlotte over the LGBT nonsense.

        Sadly, it seems like things are changing, especially in the cities, ( liberal Yankees moving south), but, I pray southern conservatives stand shoulder to shoulder and do not allow liberal progressive UNgodly agenda to try to change who we are.

        May God Bless you and yours, and may God start a revival in America and may it start in the south.

        • P>Hopkins

          You’re right about the South. Unfortunately, the liberals are trying to make inroads down here as well. If we ever allow that to happen, then our nation will be truly doomed.

        • Jim Davis

          The commie Yankees have wrecked Florida and will wreck NC too,unfortunately. They are a cancer.

          • Philosopher

            They have infested many places.

    • Smilardog

      “But God has a remnant, as always!”….. and none of them go to the corporate churches of America.

  • Heinrich van Rooi

    I think we top here in SA about Drug use?

  • K

    The great spirit and soul of America is very ill. It is on the very edge of dying. Where this once great and powerful soul resided. The light has gone out. And in it’s place, is a small lump of gold. For the love of money, is the root of all evil. And we have proved this statement beyond any doubt.

  • James Staten

    Revelation 18:1-19 ?

  • Lazarovic

    Read “The Great Risk Shift: The new economic insecurity and the decline of the American Dream” by Jacob S. Hacker.
    Then you’ll understand what has happened to us, even if you don’t like the explanation, the book is right on target, painfully so.

  • Greg Tarpley

    The number of depressions increases by 20% each year? I find that hard to believe. In 5 years everyone on the planet will be “depressed?” Horse-puckey!

    • Guest

      No Greg you’re doing poor math. It’s not 20% of the population it’s reference to a 20% spike in depression itself. So if 5 people reported depression in 2015, 6 reported it in 2016…a 20% increase. I think it’s just the way you read that part.

      • Greg Tarpley

        Ok, that makes more sense. Statistics was never my strong suit.

  • JF

    Look at how perversion is being accepted as normal in this country. If that isn’t a country rotting away, I don’t know what is.

  • Seniorsquadldr

    Repent and believe.

  • Joenosamerica willfall

    America, is finished for reasons that are to numerous to count. but, I’ll touch on one.
    In 1960 when prayer and God was removed from our school systems the vacuum was filled by progressive free thinkers with opinions and lifestyles that were labeled “free spirited”. Since, the sixties progressive individualism has continued to grow to the point were public opinion has replaced Devine rights given to mankind from a loving GOD.

    • Gay Veteran

      there will be prayer in school as long as there are algebra tests.
      oh, you meant state sponsored prayer, yeah that’s gone.
      and what are Devine rights?

  • rawhunger .

    It couldn’t happen to a more deserving nation IMO. The foundations of this country was rotten to begin with. Ask the ancestors of the indigenous peoples who were here before the white Europeans, whom stole the lands from said native peoples that lived here for countless generations, if they will shed one tear when America is no more. Doubt it. Ask the ancestors of the enslaved Africans who were brought here against their will to sweat, labor and die to enrich the white man and his descendants would they be sad to see America fall? I know I will not.

    America deserves what it gets. I’m just glad that I’ll still be alive to see it.

    • messtime

      LOL! Tecumseh was the answer to America’s problems. Too bad he did not get the support he needed to implement his plan for the USA. It would have solved everything.

    • Philosopher

      Wow you are seriously brainwashed and ignorant. Who do you think sold those Africans to Europeans? Where do you still find slavery, right now? In Africa. (It is still legal to put slaves in your will and pass them on via an inheritance in Mauritania). Africans enslaved others after defeating them in battles and sold the losers (of those battles) to Europeans. So the first people to profit from the sale of slaves to Europeans wasn’t a European, at all. The African profited, first, from the sale of his fellows.

      • watchmannonthewall

        If we continue in the direction we are going, we will soon be the ones sold into slavery! I don’t think many people are really paying attention to the fact the past is fast becoming the present!

    • watchmannonthewall

      I think a distinction should be made between those who landed at Jamestown and those who landed at Plymouth Rock. Two entirely different groups of people and with two different agendas.
      It is the age old story playing out today. One group looks for fame and fortune and cares not who they have to kill and control to get it and the other just want to be left alone and live life the way they want with other like-minded people. They aren’t looking to get rich. They want to live in peace and be left alone.
      It is important to understand the motivations of those who initially came here. Too often we paint them all with the same brush, and overlook distinctions between groups. Over time, the aggressive ones usually win out. So to today, until there is a reset! Sound familiar?

  • I do appreciate that you supply links for your stats to back up evidence, but some of them are old – like the divorce rates. That link goes back to a 2004 study. A cursory search will reveal that the US stands at number 7 (seven) for divorce rates currently. Use the evidence to draw conclusions, not seek evidence that supports your position.

    • Philosopher

      But the latter is so much easier.

  • Molocook

    Can you write an article about your thought on what America will be like when we DO collapse?

    • Jim Davis

      I don’t believe there will be anything like an overnight collapse. I don’t think Michael does either. There will be a long, slow, slide into the abyss. Take what’s been going on for the last 50 years, and extrapolate that out another 50. Doesn’t look pretty, does it!

      TRUMP 2016 – the last hope for America!

  • carson

    Jesus said-none are good, america was never good in and of itself, but had more of faith and the source of good=Christ Jesus.
    But america and peoples all over left good/truth/Christ, and now it shows more plainly the truth that of birth all are of adam and adam sinned and sin entered and unless one is born again in Christ one or a nation is not good.
    In and of oneself none are good just as in and of oneself none see, if one say’s-I see (in and of oneself) they are blind and their sins remain just as if one say’s I’m good (in and of oneself) they lie since only God and Christ are good. To be found not with a righteousness of one’s own but the righteousness of Christ which is by grace through faith in Christ is the ticket.

    And of old day’s not even a majority had a true faith, but they had a respect for the things and words of God, which they’ve even left that now.

    And one plants and another waters but only God causes the growth just as faith is a gift not of self or another or bloodline but by grace of God alone so the pulpit (a comment down below blaming only the pulpit) isn’t only at ‘fault’, but partly yes, yet God grants faith and the true words of God are still spoken and yet men turn away, thus ‘fault’ isn’t applicable since God alone grants faith, but that the pulpit has itself for the large part forsaken the whole council of God in favor of what pleases the ears is true and that is applicable and at fault.

    was america always ‘of the world for the world’? so whose surprised when it runs after the world as the whole world runs after the flesh and in fulfillment of God’s prophetic word waxes worse and worse. America wasn’t/isn’t eternal or something, but then no nation ‘of’ the world is.

    Don’t pine for the day’s of old when respect for God’s word was evident and sodomy laws existed yet keggars at the river and godless rock and roll music was the norm..was that ‘good’ back then? So even then america was on it path of following the world, but concern for individuals and that any might be saved is always the issue.
    Everything written will be fulfilled.

    The white throne judgement comes individually..nations?..are made up of individuals, Christ came to save sinners not so much nations except one still has the promises of old and it’s not america.

  • P>Hopkins

    “…recent surveys show that 67 percent of Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track, and only 26 percent of Americans believe that it is headed in the right direction.” Yet again proving my theory that 26% of Americans are as stupid as the day is long. And then some for good measure.

  • rmc9

    Jesus said, “…for, apart from Me, you can do nothing.” pulling up our bootstraps just won’t get it. Also, He said that if we turn and seek, He would do the “heal your land” part…

  • Philosopher

    Hey Matt! That article is one of my favorites. I have passed that link on many times.

  • Abe

    I’d have to say, the government makes people very depressed, they know it, and they’re making a killing! I’d have to say this falls under the “Learned Helplessness” category.

  • Guns N Rosaries

    Well, let’s see if I can post something that the censors accept:

    Since most people think they are going to heaven, why the fuss over any little thing that goes on down here on terra firma, since eternal happiness is in store for everyone, right?
    We all believe differently, a different god or gods, different religions, no god or religion, yet almost all think they are going to heaven.
    With this kind of mindset in place, who cares about other things……eternal happiness is THE most important thin, is it not?

    Please re-post my earlier comment, as one can ask questions, point out secular and spiritual malaise’s all day, but without the truth being spoken in regards to spirituality, giving a man a temporal loaf of bread pales in comparison to feeding his soul with spiritual bread. If you wish to delete this post as well, then so be it, as I will have learned that there is at least one more confirmed hater of truth that poses as a beacon of light.

  • Smilardog

    That’s right, I have been listening to Rick Wiles for many years among others.

  • mollysdad

    You’re absolutely right. America will collapse and be no more, and soon. But there won’t be any comeback for civilization. Islam will take America, and afer that it’ll be barbarism without end.

  • tacoma

    “All great nations eventually fall, and the United States is not going to be any exception. ”

    Relax, the U.S.A. is founded on Exceptionism. Every politician say so.

  • Eddishun

    Ya know, I read pieces like this all over the place. This problem, that issue, etc. And I start to think “I’m glad there’s someone out there pointing this out”.

    Then I read the comments.

    Just hate and insults and demonizing of whatever Other is awful at the moment. Mostly from “Christians”. Representing the Prince of Peace, or so I’ve heard.

    Nobody puts two and two together. Ever.

    Matthew 5:13-16
    Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

    If yur gonna be as bad as the wolves, then who’s left to be the sheep? That’s why there’s so much cruelty and anger and hate. Yur supposed to be the example and everyone’s just following your lead. They can read, too. It’s getting worse, cuz you want it to be. I don’t see where Jesus said hate solves anything. He DID say, several times, to ‘love your enemies’ and do good to those who hate you.

    Nobody ever quotes that one, do they?

    Nobody is gonna be part of any group that hates them. Blacks aren’t gonna join the KKK. And the sinner is not going to repent just to be abused even worse than the world. If the devil is treating them better, kind of a no-brainer. They’re turning to him cuz he’s the only option left.

  • SantosGarcia