A rising conservative voice says Americans have largely grown ignorant of the principles and motivations surrounding the U.S. founding and America is in the process of fulfilling 200-year-old predictions about what could doom the republic, but he also says it’s not too late to return to the ideals that forged the greatest political experiment in human history. Joshua Charles is head of the Discovery Project at the Public Policy Institute at William Jessup University and has an exclusive WND weekly column. He and Glenn Beck co-authored the New York Times best-seller,

“The Original Argument.” Charles is author most recently of “Liberty’s Secrets: The Lost Wisdom of America’s Founders.” Charles sees multiple reasons for Americans’ lack of knowledge about the nation’s founding and the beliefs that inspired it, from weak public education to a growing dependence upon government to an erosion of community in the U.S. As a result, he said Americans tend to lose an appreciation for what makes this nation great. “It’s true that our roots have largely been forgotten, and I would say by people of all political persuasions,” Charles said. MORE