"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." Thomas Jefferson (Ford, writings of Thomas Jefferson, 10:4)
If you walk into any high school today I doubt very much that ten percent of the students have ever read the constitution or the declaration of independence. No, not once!!! However, they will be taught every possible short coming our founders ever had (they were not perfect) without hearing any of their better traits. The foundations of freedom have been long forgotten by our society. And with it every freedom we still have (only by a thread I might add) will soon follow the knowledge that has been forgotten and despised by many of our fellow citizens.
Benjamin Franklin looked at a painting once while signing one of our great documents. It was a the sun peering over the horizon. His only question was if it was a setting sun or a rising one. In his day it was definately rising. In ours I'm afraid it's setting and freedoms light has almost been totally eclipsed. (Reference, The 5000 year leap by W. Cleon Skoussen)