Years ago, when the US began working with and in Iraq toward the goal of helping it become a viable democracy/republic, I came to the conclusion that such an undertaking would take probably 2-3 generations, at the minimum (if it were possible to achieve at all). Altering the essence of a nation...the whole of its culture...is obviously a monumental task. The fundamentals of Islam do not lend themselves to "democratic" rule or implementation of the freedoms we (used to) know in the US. Even if a select group of leaders and a smattering of followers desire such drastic cultural and governmental changes, in order to change the thinking of the masses toward acceptance of something so different seems incredibly difficult.
I bring this up as an analogy to what I think would have to happen here in the US for any measurable change back to being a healthy republic. We have a liberal “culture” in Congress and the White House that is not fundamentally friendly to the Constitution as it was written and intended. We have followers of that culture all over the country, distorting ethical and moral issues that for centuries have been widely accepted as “givens.” We have young people who have been taught for 20+ years that “truth is relative.” The list goes on…
My point is this: The republic-destroying ways of thinking that are being cultivated now in the US would take probably 2 generations to bring back in line with our Constitution--IF there were a way to get us ALL aligned with the thinking that our founding fathers had over 2 centuries ago. As a culture, have we become too selfish? Have we become too arrogant? Too rebellious? Too comfortable? Too entitlement-minded? If so (and I think we have) we are simply behaving like the fallible humans we are—ultimately, selfish.
Freedom without conscience, morality, respect for others, concern for others--respect for life!--becomes a double-edged sword. Some will use freedoms for good; some for bad. That’s the inherent risk in a free society. If we look back over history, isn’t one of the basic common threads running from era to era, the desire to control human behavior according to the “wisdom” of the leaders at the time? If so, then what we are experiencing is nothing new…we just have to rise to the occasion and hold fast to what we know is right and true, and fight for it within the bounds of law.
I hope I connected at least a few dots of logical thought here!