There has not been a nation in the history of the world that did not experience a decline in every aspect of society after increased governmental control. Rome began to decline after the rulers seized control and set themselves up as gods.
In the beginning, nation building needs government structure, but as governments grow so does the corruption. The corruption at first is not so much financial as it is corruption of individual freedoms. Freedoms must first come under assault before financial corruption becomes endemic to the system. Our founding fathers understood this and did all they could to build in the necessary controls.
In their CD The Decline of Nations, Dr. Ken Boa and Bill Ibsen point out three symptoms of decline: (1) social decay—the crisis of lawlessness, the loss of economic discipline and, finally, growing bureaucracy; (2) cultural decay—the decline of education, the weakening of cultural foundations, the increasing loss of respect for tradition, and the increase in materialism; and (3) moral decay—the rise in immorality, the decay of religious belief and the devaluation of human life.
 Baehr, T. (2007). We Are Not in Kansas or Kiev Anymore. In R. A. Morey (Ed.), Journal of Biblical Apologetics: Volume 10 (R. A. Morey, Ed.) (101–102). Orange, CA: California Biblical University and Seminary.
Published on Thursday, July 4, 2013 @ 4:31 AM CDT