The above is the full quote that has been watered down by time to mean, America would never fall from an outside influence, but by the actions of the men and government within. And 160 or so odd years later, that apocalyptic prediction appears to be coming to pass.
America was at its greatest when it remained isolationist in foreign policy, but entirely open in supporting free trade around the world. And it was only after World War II when the government was taken over by globalist ideologues bent on becoming the sole power over the earth that its doom would one day be assured.
As with all nations that transition from Democracy to oligarchy, and eventually to tyranny, it begins with the actions of the people, who through either apathy or avarice allow themselves to become enslaved to the mandates of others willing to sacrifice them in the name of power and policy.
Many will point to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as the beginning of America's downfall, and in many ways they are correct. But it goes back much further to both the Civil War, and events of the 1910's where the U.S. began to lose its foundation by placing the ship's course in the hands of a few who's goals and agendas were in opposition to that of people and nation.
The creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, and its subsequent transition from sound money to debt based money, was not entirely the fault of the private bank. In fact, the original charter mandated that the bank was not allowed to monetize government bonds, but only to act as a lender of last resort to ensure financial collapses within the banking system were handled in a more orderly manner than what occurred in 1907 and before. But as with all well meaning establishments, greed and the potential for power by men corrupt even the most noble of efforts.
Which brings us to the position America is at today... one of insolvent debt, un-affordable trade deficits, and a financial system built on economic warfare and strong-arm tactics which attempt to keep rising powers from taking over the top financial position held currently through dollar hegemony.
And as we are seeing since the late 1990's, the decline in American power and the rise of China and Eurasia are tied not solely to the innovations and efforts of these countries, but to the mistakes and choices made by the U.S. and its destructive policies and eroding values.
China: Using our own money, consumers, and greed against us
Dateline N'DJAMENA. China increases agreements with Chad on trade and investment.
In just a few short years, China is reaching their tentacles across the globe, and signing trade agreements one after another on nearly every continent on the globe. And in addition to trade, they are homogenizing these nations with investments, banking, and the promulgation of its currency as a global standard and in opposition to the dollar.
And how are they doing this? With the trillions they hold in dollar reserves accumulated through the need of the U.S. to buy manufactured goods from outside the country.
China is buying commercial real estate, businesses, and ports in the U.S., residential property in Canada, mines in Africa and Australia, and most importantly, they are forging the infrastructure to become the world's top bankers for investment, trade, and venture capitalism.
All with money accumulated from American consumers and U.S. government debt.
Donald Trump is not always correct in his wild speculations on the economy, but he is dead right when he says that he doesn't blame China, Mexico, or Russia for their actions... instead he blames our leaders for horrific trade deals which have helped create the environment we find ourselves in today. And that is because everything China is today is because entities and agencies within the U.S. built the global behemoth that is now coming back to spell our economic doom.
It is unfathomable for the sane people in America to try to understand why its government and corporate structures willingly sent its industry elsewhere when at its height, could have have easily sustained its people with everything they needed and still been able to export excesses to remain a debtor nation. But most moral people are not wired to believe in extraordinary greed, or the willingness to accumulate power at all costs, and it is perhaps why they did little as the Nixon's of the world went to China, and the Clinton's sold out our foundations for a few million in campaign donations to the same, and now four decades later, these actions are coming back to bite us and the nations we sold out to are using our own greed and money to both kill the American empire, and build their own to replace it.