We've had worse times as a nation, but the times aren't the problem, as I spelled out in the OP. The problem is gutless, entitled citizens who stopped giving a fuck about the republic the day they elected Reagan.
THIS I agree with one hundred percent. The real problem is apathy, which unfortunately is a part of human nature.
Now, i just want to watch humanity burn itself to the ground. The world will keep on turning, same as always. But without people, it will finally start becoming a better place.
I can understand that, believe it or not. Sometimes I want to just watch humanity die out too. But I've always come out with a reason to keep trying. If the species can produce the likes of Gandhi, Patton, Jack Churchill, and similar people, then I've got hope for it. But I'm young yet. We'll see what I think in five years.