Dear Editor, As evidence that our country is rapidly skidding into an abyss, I submit the following, yet there are far more examples than will fit in a newspaper. We promote education, yet until the 20th century, most erudite persons were fluent in multiple languages, whereas people are now considered educated if they have merely absorbed a lot of trivial information and propaganda. Many of us preach self-reliance but call 911 if we have a hangnail or a noisy neighbor. You hear about amazing advances in medical science, but in America you had better be rich if you expect access to any of them. The Bush administration has probably used the word “freedom” more than any other in our history, while simultaneously eliminating our freedoms, and they talked a lot about fiscal responsibility, while spending us into extreme debt in a war of choice against the wrong enemy. The “globalists” are happily profiting from our demise. Is George Orwell's ghost laughing or crying?