This Cheers star warned America needed to make one big change or face collapse

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America is in crisis.

Everyone can see it.

And this Cheers star warned America needed to make one big change or face collapse.

Famed actor speaks out in favor of working-class Americans

Actor John Ratzenberger is best known for playing mailman Cliff Clavin on the groundbreaking, smash-hit NBC comedy Cheers.

These days he has a new cause.

Ratzenberger is promoting in schools the idea of teaching Americans how to perform skilled labor and actually build things again.

The Cheers star believes if Americans can’t build anything then society will collapse.

“I’m trying to save civilization because civilization was built by people,” Ratzenberger told Fox News.

Ratzenberger lamented the fact that younger generations can’t accomplish simple tasks and that they don’t “know how to fix your screen door.”

This has been a cause for him over the last two decades.

“For the last 20 years,” Ratzenberger added. “I’ve been going around the country giving speeches and talks to anybody that’ll listen: really big organizations, I’ve gone to Congress twice, you know, to blow my clarion call, to say, ‘Folks, we’ve got to wake up.’”

The problem plaguing education

Ratzenberger – who worked as a carpenter before hitting it big as an actor – said shop classes used to be a staple of American education.

But that basic skill set – just like reading, writing, and arithmetic – atrophied as woke ideology and critical race theory took over schools.

“But that’s my fear, that the civilization will grind again, and can grind to a halt, because we’ve neglected to teach our children how to use tools,” Ratzenberger continued. “We used to do it – middle school, seventh, eighth grade – we’d go to shop class and that was a blessing.”

“And it’s even gotten more severe now. There are people, believe it or not, who are 30, 40 years old who don’t know how to hang a picture on a wall. I’ve seen it,” Ratzenberger exclaimed.

He said part of the problem is life is so easy today because of technology.

“Well, everything’s gotten easier. I mean, you know, I’ve just made myself a cup of tea and I always, you know, marvel at the fact that I can just turn this little knob and clean water comes out. Alright. There was a time when there were probably people still alive who remember that didn’t happen. You know, you’ve got to go fetch the water and there’s a well or creek or – and there was a lot of intense labor that went into everything,” Ratzenberger admitted.

But he warned a big problem is how elites sneer at working-class Americans which is why he stopped using the phrase “blue collar” because he feared it would sound like pejorative to the younger generation.

“I avoid the term blue-collar worker and just use essential worker,” Ratzenberger explained.

“They’re essential… All the upper echelon elites couldn’t function without the essential workers. You know, I mean, the subway. You’ve got people inspecting and repairing the tracks. But you know those potholes that open up every now and swallow cars and houses? [those] come from the water systems [which] are over 100 years old and are springing leaks,” Ratzenberger concluded.

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