We have lived beyond our means and this needs to change. In the past, after World War II, we were the last industrialized country standing. We ruled the world. We were a benevolent ruler; however, we were the unchallenged ruler; both economically and politically.
Lord Acton, the British historian, said in 1887; "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."
Great men are not always bad men, but it is true that unchallenged leadership does tend to drift towards complacency and over confidence. This happens with leaders and with the average citizenry. Citizens tend to not pay attention to their leaders. The leaders tend to slowly increase their power and influence and it goes unnoticed and without concern because everyone has a piece of the "good life".
The good life is slipping away. If we are to correct our downward slide the change must come from the people for the leaders are too intoxicated with their power. More: http://bit.ly/FF1203wnf