Sooner or later, all nations die. Rise and Decline shows that America has passed its peak in world prominence and is on the decline, identifies the core values that drove its ascendance, and shows that the reasons we’re now in decline are not those so often offered up – corruption, national debt, weakening military, racial divide, poverty, etc., etc. These are merely symptoms of the root problems – growing indifference and disdain for America’s founding values. Rise and Decline studies six of history’s great democracies and republics – Ancient Athens, the Roman Republic, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, The French Third Republic, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Four of these no longer exist, and the U.K. and U.S.A. are in decline. Thatcher shows that citizen acceptance and support of specific principles is basic to the founding of every nation and drives its ascendance. Dishonoring and disdaining those principles leads inexorably to national decline and, ultimately, extinction. Abraham Lincoln once said, as regards the United States, America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. America’s raison d’être is liberty, as articulated in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, especially the Bill of Rights. These values are being usurped by our government and eschewed or disdained by citizens. Unless this erosion is halted or reversed in ways described in Rise and Decline, the end of the United States will arrive sooner, rather than later.
|Publisher:||Bruce D. Thatcher|
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About the Author
Bruce D. Thatcher is founder of History Speaks Today, a project dedicated to translating history into explicit guidance for today. His first book, Adamant Aggressors: How to Recognize and Deal with Them, presents unassailable dos and don’ts for handling today’s international threats. His second book, Immigration: How to Avoid its Perils and Make it Work, articulates essential guidelines for immigration policy. Thatcher grew up in the mid-west, and graduated from Iowa State College and the University of Chicago. He worked in marketing and management with General Electric and The Vendo Company, then founded and led a telecommunications consulting firm for 30 years until his retirement. While living in the Chicago area, he became involved in politics and was elected to a local school board, serving a term as its President. Later, he served on the national Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers of America and taught classes at Avila University, William Jewel College and the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Now retired from business, Thatcher and his wife, Carol, live near New Braunfels, Texas.
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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite Rise and Decline: Where We Are and What We Can Do About It by Bruce D. Thatcher is a timely book that explores the political crisis in the US. As the saying goes, “What goes up must come down,” so every nation that rises must eventually fall, and the United States of America is no exception. One could have thought such a statement would be fallacious or a sophism, but then the author stuns readers with facts and lessons from history. Drawing relevant examples from history, including the rise and fall of Athens, the French Third Republic, the United Kingdom, the Roman Empire, and more, the author shows how America is witnessing a steady decline, and explains how what many think are the obvious causes of the decline are merely symptoms of a deeper problem that is hardly considered. Here is a book that succinctly and brilliantly showcases lessons from history and offers a path that America must walk to retain her place in the world’s political arena. In this book, the author systematically shows readers how the US has departed from its fundamental values, those values that have made her prosper and gain respect from the entire world. Underlining liberty as one of the fundamental values on which the nation was built, and one that is prominently enshrined in the constitution, Bruce D. Thatcher shows how governments have trampled on this value and the nefarious consequences. He then proposes a path to returning to where the nation once was, and it isn’t an easy one. The prose is beautiful and it features wonderful, insightful arguments, realistic observations, and historical references that leave readers in no doubt that the author knows what he is talking about and that his research has been thorough. Rise and Decline: Where We Are and What We Can Do About It should be the handbook of every responsible American citizen, policy makers, and those who wield political power. The book is as prophetic as it is relevant.