One of the most important things I came to understand as an atheist for sixteen years was the mechanism by which "prophecy" works in a declining civilization.
Prophets are a kind of group consciousness outpouring of anguish at the falling away from original principles that expresses itself through individuals. People who aren't very bright or perceptive always dismiss them as "madmen," never realizing that although their particular context may not always be relevant, their basic message always is and it tends to be the same theme repeated over and over again.
As nations lose their homogeneity, martial codes of behaviour and social strictures they follow it up by rapidly abandoning their founding religious principles. This is always a prelude to the loss altogether of the ability to organize meaningful responses and adaptation to changed conditions. Near the end of the Roman Empire and the Greek Democracy, all you had was a self-indulgent rabble incapable of working together to achieve anything. These kinds of late era societies are like fresh meat put out for ravenous predators. If neighboring nations don't get them, environmental changes will. Usually both together will seal their doom.
You see, you're not really bright at all until you understand it doesn't matter if God exists or not, because the wisdom attributed to him is always prudent and timely. Once you understand this you will see you have nothing to lose by believing in him with all your heart and everything to gain. It is not merely a useful principle at the individual level - it has a magnifying, exponential effect when it is applied to the entire nation that is in decline. The only thing that can reverse this sort of decline is not a dictator (this is what people get when they continue down the wrong path they are on) but a revolution of the superego that expresses itself in a newfound humility before the divine. Until this takes place at the microcosmic level of the individual, there is no leader who will ever be apt enough to turn this decay around. The Bible is the single best book of nation building that has ever been written and the nation founded most prominently upon it's principles was the greatest country the world had ever seen.
I don't believe for an instant that this revolution will happen but it is Amerikwa's only hope. Any chance for reform will stem from this kind of sea change in outlook.
Any philosophy founded on the perfectibility of man will always usher in rivers of blood and anarchy whereas an ideology founded on the basic notion that man cannot be improved (a dismal calvinist outlook) will always have some hope of reform.