Yet Wilson emphasized the duties, as well as the rights, of citizens: "Need I infer, that it is the duty of every citizen to use his best and most unremitting endeavours for preserving it [the Constitution] pure, healthful, and vigorous?
For the accomplishment of this great purpose, the exertions of no one citizen are unimportant.
Thus it is that on the occasion of the Bicentennial celebrating of the Constitution, a mighty effort ought to be made to restore the American public's awareness of the principles of their government, of their responsibilities toward their country, their neighbors, their children, their parents, and themselves to be sure that their patriotism is based on this solid foundation.
No one knows how late the hour is; but it is later than most people think.
But in the end, that hero-administrator will not save the republic, although he may govern for a time by force.
A democratic republic cannot long endure unless a great many of its citizens stand ready and willing to brighten the corner where they are, and to sacrifice much for the nation, if need be.
In any event, once it got under way and the welfare state grew, the sense of citizens' responsibility and rugged individualism deteriorated).
These are only some of the reasons why a 'permissive" society speaks often of rights and seldom of responsibilities.
closer centralization; a steadily growing bureaucracy; State power and faith in State power increasing; social power and faith in social power diminishing; the State absorbing a continually larger proportion of the national income; production languishing; the State in consequence taking over one 'essential industry' after another, managing them with ever-increasing corruption, inefficiency, and prodigality, and finally resorting to a system of forced labor.
Then at some point in this process a collision of State interests, at least as general and as violent as that which occurred in 1914, will result in an industrial and financial dislocation too severe for the asthenic [weak] social structure to bear; and from this the State will be left to 'the rusty death of machinery' and the casual anonymous forces of dissolution." Modern civilization offers a great variety of diversions, amusements, and enticements - some of them baneful.