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Rome was once a great empire, now it is just interesting ruins

Rome was not built in a day.  You have heard that saying.  Rome also did not fall in a day.

Same can be said for the United States of America. 

A great experiment was started with the Constitution of the United States.  It was a the formation of a representative Republic based on the notion that the rights of man (meaning human beings) were those for man to possess and to CONSENT to being governed by laws.  The Constitution opens with “We the People” for a reason.  That is where it begins.

From 1789 until 1913, this nation, the United States of American was built.  It started out as a agrarian place away from the rest of the world, separated by vast oceans on both sides.  While isolated, the country had to grow on its own, but it did so with the help of the rest of the world by welcoming them to come take part.

The term “The American Dream” was coined.  Immigrants could come to this nation and take advantage of the freedoms that it had to offer.  Those freedoms turned this scruffy little nation in to a world leader in less than 125 years.

The Roman Republic was initially a welcoming society.  Sure, they did go out an conquer other lands.  But after they conquered them, they welcomed those people in as Romans themselves.

Then it transitioned to the Roman Empire.  The growth continued for a while.  The policies continued, for a while. 

Things got too easy for the Romans.  Rather than being held accountable, the Roman emperors kept the citizens happy and distracted with the gladiator bouts and other entertainment.  “Bread and Circuses” is the term given to this.

Well since 1913, this has been the path that the United States has been on.  First, the Sixteenth Amendment was thrust upon the American people, all on lie.  Corruption was rampant following World War I.  A lot of it was private corruption that then influenced the public.  Prohibition was the largest factor.

In 1933, Prohibition was finally repealed.  But we were in the depths of the Great Depression.  To fix this, Franklin Roosevelt proposed and pushed social programs than actually made the Depression last longer and made it worse.  It wasn’t until World War II that we got out of the depression.  That was followed by a great post-war recession. 

But we bounced back.  And in the 1950′s the largest public works project in the history of the world was passed, the Interstate Highway Act.  It was a gigantic expenditure of public money, but it was private money that would repay our economy for decades to come. 

Now that system is on the verge of complete collapse.

In January 1961, President John Kennedy said in his inaugural address, “Ask NOT what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”  Fifty years later, we have too many people who have their hands our looking for their government to do things for them.

In the 1950′s, 1960′s, 1970′s and 1980′s, we faced an enemy of ideology in the world.  That was led by the Soviet Union and spread across Eastern Europe, into Asia, Africa and Central America.  In 1989, Poland, Romania and East Germany all fell.  In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed.  The pressure of the West caused all of them to crumble under due to their economic models.

So, the United States should have been stronger for it.  Sadly, it wasn’t.  The nation that sent 15 men up to the moon, 12 of them to the surface of the moon to actually walk around on it, sat back and enjoyed ITS version of “Bread and Circuses” as the world’s only superpower. [CORRECTION: A total of 24 DIFFERENT men have been sent to the moon and orbited it. Apollo 8, 10-17 all went for a total of 27. Jim Lovell, Gene Cernan and John Young each made the trip twice.]

The United States gave Communist China a sweet trade deal, virtually killing manufacturing in this nation.  NAFTA helped remove barriers between the US, Canada and Mexico.  Free trade is bad, fair trade is what SHOULD have been passed.

In 2008, the United States of America fell under the same curse of Germany in 1933, post-war Soviet Union, 1949 China, post French Colonial Vietnam and 1958 Cuba….”cult of personality” defeated reason and sensibility.  Barack Obama, using campaign slogans from the children’s television program, “Bob the Builder” was elected President of the United States.  Most people who voted for him could not give a good reason why.  They were blinded by the “cult of personality” of the man.  And they voted for him because he was not George W. Bush….even though Mr. Bush was not running.

He pulled the wool over the eyes of many.  But he is simply a symptom.  A major symptom of a disease that is working to turn the United States into the next Roman Empire.

I do not want my son’s children and grandchildren wondering what happened to this great nation.  But they will. 

The prevailing wisdom today is that this health insurance bill, a bill that can send people to PRISON for not buying a product, is good.  How can imprisoning people for choosing to opt out of something possibly be good?

How can forcing the hard working people of this nation to carry the additonal weight of those who do not even make an effort to produce be a good thing?

I don’t understand it.  It is good and charitable to help out those who need help because they cannot help themselves.  Forcing me to do for those who will not do for themselves is Marxism.

Twenty years ago, we helped defeat this ideology by pushing it to collapse under its own weight.  Today, we are subscribing to it?

Really.

It has been said that those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it.

Thanks to many ignorant people, I am doomed as well.  And I am not happy about it.

How can you possibly be?

I guess that is proof that “Ignorance is Bliss”…..well, I am not blissful.  It is too bad that the bliss of others is going to ruin things for all of us.



2 Comments

  • Mar 22nd 201008:03
    by Topher Kersting

    The U.S. put 27 men into lunar orbit (Apollo 8, 10-17).

  • Mar 22nd 201010:03
    by Administrator

    Yes, I did not count 8, 10 and 13 and I should have.

    But the real number is 24, since Lovell, Young and Cernan each made two trips.

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