A Cheers star issued a dire warning about this awful reality facing the country

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America is in a state of decline after Joe Biden became President.

But things could be worse than anyone ever imagined. 

And a Cheers star issued a dire warning about this awful reality facing the country.

Cheers actor warns civilization could collapse from lack of skilled labor 

Actor John Ratzenberger is best known for playing know-it-all mailman Cliff Clavin on the NBC sitcom Cheers.

He’s worried that there won’t be enough skilled labor to ensure the country functions in the future who do things Americans take for granted, like keeping the lights and the water running.

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

Ratzenberger warned that young people today don’t know basic skills like changing a tire, using tools, or “how to fix your screen door.”

He pointed to labor shortages in the manufacturing sector and the skilled trades that are expected to grow with the retirement of the baby boomers.

Failing to fill those jobs could have disastrous consequences for society.

That’s why Ratzenberger has been sounding the alarm about the looming skilled labor shortage.

Education is failing to teach the younger generations basic skills

Ratzenberger – who worked as a carpenter before breaking into acting – said that solving this problem begins with the educational system.

“For the last 20 years,” Ratzenberger said. “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.’”

Shop classes that were once required have been phased out in many 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 warned. “We used to do it – middle school, seventh, eighth grade – we’d go to shop class and that was a blessing.”

Ratzenberger – who grew up in the blue-collar town of Bridgeport, Connecticut, – said that society began looking down on skilled workers in the 1960s.

He noted that the skills he acquired as a carpenter “surprised and shocked” people.

“And it’s even gotten more severe now,” Ratzenberger remarked. “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.”

He explained that the conveniences of modern life have made people lose touch with the work it takes to make that happen.

“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 said.

The skilled labor shortage is already starting to pop up in many places according to him.

“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 explained.

“And there’s nobody in that system that knows how to fix it,” Ratzenberger continued. “There might be three or four, but there should be three or 400, right?”

The growing shortage of skilled labor could be the next big crisis facing the country.