In Mollie's thread, I half-jokingly cited St Malachy's prophecy of the popes, which seemingly identifies Pope Benedict XVI's successor as the last. (Please bear in mind that the Church does not make claims about the validity of ongoing prophecies, visions or apparitions unless they conflict with the faith.)
Peter the Roman, who will nourish the sheep in many tribulations; when they are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The end.
Most Catholics associate the end of the Church with the end of the world, I think. The "city of the seven hills" is Rome, of course. But it could also refer to America, which is similar in many ways to the Roman Empire of Christ's lifetime. Like any great book, Biblical stories often have multiple layers and so may simultaneously contain literal and figurative meaning. In other words, St Malachy's prophecy could refer simultaneously to the end of the Church and the end of world order.
For the sake of argument, let's assume we will witness the end of the world. People always talk about The End as if it's a bad thing. Well, sure, it's bad... but entirely bad?
Is there not some honor in being among the last? God chose you for this particular time, this particular place. Is it not complimentary that you were chosen for the final battles, for the culmination of history? Are you up to the challenge?
This thread isn't just for fellow Christians and Jews. Non-believers, suppose that the USA will go the way of the Roman Empire within the next generation. Does that only fill you with sadness and dread? Or can you additionally look forward to the final fight for freedom? Is there some honor, granted by God or by mere happenstance, in being among the last Americans, steadfast and proud?