But the America of today is falling, and Robert A. Heinlein illustrated in four sentences what I've taken an entire article to say: "The two highest achievements of the human mind are the twin concepts of 'loyalty' and 'duty.' Whenever these twin concepts fall into disrepute, get out of there fast! You may possibly save yourself, but it is too late to save that society. It is doomed."
Loyalty without a true sense of duty is misguided. Duty without a true sense of loyalty is blind. Without these true senses of loyalty and duty, we cannot have a national will strong enough to compete or achieve, much less maintain a position of real leadership in the free world. Our decline will probably not be sudden; we'll still be the largest economy in the world for years to come, and our military will be second to none for at least two more decades, but we will nonetheless diminish to a modern equivalent of Italy, forever looking back at those glorious days when all roads led to Rome. The best we can hope for now is the advent of a sunset poet to help us face with courage, with the trademark stiff upper lip of our English forebears, our descent from supremacy.