There are many ways to assess a civilization. It all depends on your point of view. Some people believe we are advancing. These people point to a woman's "freedom to choose," more "rights" for those accused of crimes, and greater "tolerance." Other people believe we are declining. These people point to nearly a million babies killed every year, up to the time of birth and sometimes even after. They point to increasing reluctance of the law-abiding to rely on the legal system. They point to widespread cheating in schools, in business, in government, and in relationships.
Something is rotten in Washington's corridors of power. And we aren't talking about lying about sultry sex (and alleged private matters that may or may not be high crimes and misdemeanors), but corruption in the highest circles of our government --- the Departments of Navy, Justice, Defense, Commerce, culminating with bribery and potential treason involving the President and Vice President of the United States.