Very frequently, almost constantly, you read where the American Dream is being challenged, and this era is compared unfavorably with previous era's. When this era receives so much adverse commentary; you should start thinking there is something to it.
There is !
It started in the sixty's and it started with the family. We become materialistic, secular, and selfish, but the broad-based effects didn't mature until this era. And, as always, it shows up in the statistics. Look at church, family, education, and now economic statistics and the vivid picture is painted and complete.
Most leadership attacks the problem at the periphery where reforms are, at least, palpable. Palpable,but not likely to work !