A nation is a manmade construct, so without enough people to believe in it, that nation cannot exist. I can't proclaim the nation of Miksonland and expect the world to recognize it unless I get millions or more likely hundreds of millions of people to agree that Miksonland is a country. It therefore stands to reason that, if a nation fails to represent or provide to it citizens those things its citizens need to survive (at minimum), that nation will collapse when it fails enough of those citizens. The number of people failing into poverty, homeless, drug addiction, and worse in the United States of America is increasing every year. Like Rome, the United States is not eternal and it will collapse when it reaches a tipping point of failing too many Americans.
This leads to another point I would point forth about a nation or country. Should a person be required to defend a nation that turns its back on them in times of peace? As of January 2022, there were 33,136 homeless veterans. There are organizations which (bless them) are necessary to help wounded veterans. Appropriately, one such organization is called "Wounded Warriors". While this post is not an endorsement for Wounded Warriors it is an indictment against a military industrial complex that allows its vaterans to either suffer in silence, delete one's self, languish in medical debt or rely on charities like Wounded Warriors while profiting o the tune of billions of dollars. Should any of these veterans have faith in the United States anymore? Should they have made the sacrifices they made for the richest nation on the planet when that nation has an annual budget that is close to one (1) TRILLION dollars but can't house them or take care of the medical bills they have incurred due to injuries sustained defending this richest of nations? If the United States can't support its defenders (soldiers), which are arguably it's most important demographic, how could anyone else (who's not part of America's biggest welfare class, the rich) believe it supports them? Why do Americans believe the poor are the biggest drag on the economy when the rich and the Uber rich control the economy and inordinately benefit from that same economy?
In 2018, I wrote a book highlighting the problems Humanity would face if more power, wealth, and control was funneled to a small group of elite individuals, groups, or organizations. In my book, I provided solutions (from myself and others) to the inevitable problems and also a means for the Public to analyze, compare, and contrast the words and deeds of those we choose to follow against reality. In my book Solutions: Enough complaining. Let's fix America.
In "Solutions...", I provide the means for readers to disseminate information as provided by their news sources of choice, their elected officials, and any other authority they choose to follow. The book also offers a means to hold their leaders up, not just to a higher standard than is currently accepted but to one that would improve their lives and the lives of those for whom they care.