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It's just a little piece of history repeated

by Leon Fisher

If a student of history were to research the rise and fall of civilizations they would no doubt study Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire . After a promising start as a Republic the Romans would embrace militarism, slavery and dictatorship in which to maintain and expand
their empire. The Patricians, the wealthy Romans whose greed and thirst for power was unquenchable, were in constant conflict with the common man. Both groups' interests were heard and debated in the Roman Senate, but eventually the wealthy prevailed, the farmers losing their land to the wealthy landowners and a system of slavery imposed in their stead.

Although the Roman Senate was still meeting during the days of the Empire it was largely a rubber stamp with no real authority. The Roman economy, top heavy with multitudes of slaves working only for the benefit of the wealthy, collapsed. The Roman military, decimated by continuous wars of conquest, occupation, and a series of destructive civil wars, became weak and ineffective, unable to prevent the incursion of the barbarian hordes.

The decline of the Roman Empire began, as any student of history can tell you, when the balance of power swung to the advantage of the wealthy Patricians, who undermined the common free man by establishing an economy based upon cheap labor, in this


Although America still retains a Senate, it is no less a rubber stamp than that of the Roman Senate under the Emperors.

All important decisions are made behind closed doors, without any input from the people or their alleged representatives.

Elections have become a fraud and any opposition to the status quo will put the average citizen into conflict with any one of the numerous anti-terrorist legislation now on the books.
case slavery. As the slave society increased in size the only alternative for the growing numbers of disenfranchised freemen, small landowners, farmers, laborers, unable to compete in the slave economy, was to enlist in the legions, and through further military conquests which they contributed to, ensured a steady supply of slaves and loot for the wealthy, a vicious cycle which perpetuated the slave state and the continued undermining of a free and prosperous society.

Altough a multitude of differences exist between ill-fated ancient Rome and today's America and the World, there are also many similarities which cannot be ignored. The most glaring example has been the swing of power and wealth into the hands of the wealthy few at the cost of the majority, made possible by the capitulation of what used to be freely elected governments, whose Senates and Parliaments have abdicated their responsibility to the majority of its citizens in favor of the wealthy few. We also see the undermining of organized labor with a modern day economic system of quasi slavery, that of outsourcing labor to nations whose downtrodden workers are exploited, forced to work long hours in unclean, unsafe, and deplorable conditions for wages which remain at poverty level. And, as was practice in the Roman Empire, the importation of slave labor, in this case the mass emigration of millions of impoverished illegals into the United States, whose labor is exploited by the wealthy at a fraction of the cost to that of its legal citizens and to that of organized labor. All this creates a race to the bottom of the pay scale, with all workers, citizen and non citizen alike, becoming quasi-slaves to the wealthy capitalist class whose thirst for wealth and power is no different than their Patrician forebears in the Roman Empire.

Next, the use of American military power of today differs little from that of ancient Rome, which now as then is being used to secure through brute force the land and resources of their neighbors which we are seeing in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, and most recently the abortive land grab of South Osettia in the oil rich Caspian Sea region by the US/Israeli client state, Georgia.

And we should take note that the great majority of American military personnel fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, like the landless Roman farmers, come mostly from the disenfranchised members of American society who have lost their economic base to outsourcing and illegal immigration. Also filling the ranks are illegal immigrants themselves whose hope it is to have US citizenship bestowed upon them, a practice comparable to the foreign auxiliaries, Gauls, Germans, Dacians, and Parthians serving with the Roman Legions. We also cannot mistake the building boom of new sports stadiums across the United States for what is doubtless becoming a modern version of the bread and circuses of ancient Rome, a tried and proven tactic to keep the minds of the people distracted from what really matters.

But perhaps the most threatening and sinister comparison to Imperial Rome is the imposition of a dictatorship. Although America still retains a Senate, it is no less a rubber stamp than that of the Roman Senate under the Emperors. All important decisions are made behind closed doors, without any input from the people or their alleged representatives. Elections have become a fraud and any opposition to the status quo will put the average citizen into conflict with any one of the numerous anti-terrorist legislation now on the books.

In addition to the above-mentioned similarities to the Roman Empire, the US is showing the same signs of failure, although at a much faster pace. Whereas it took Imperial Rome hundreds of years before its final collapse, it is occurring at a fraction of the time in modern day America and the World. The great banks and financial institutions which had become household names for a hundred years or more are failing at a rate reminiscent of the Great Depression. Glaring military failure and impotence in the face of third-rate opponents, hyper-inflation, personal bankruptcy, trade imbalance and government debt in the trillions of dollars, all highlighting the failure of a wealthy capitalist class, who like their predecessors in Roman times have once again sacrificed a healthy Republic for a failed empire.

Leon Fisher  (leonjfisher@webtv.net)         PERMANENT LINK  



Comment:   (9/16/2008)   Excellent article. One paragraph I'll cite for example below:
"In addition to the above-mentioned similarities to the Roman Empire, the US is showing the same signs of failure, although at a much faster pace. Whereas it took Imperial Rome hundreds of years before its final collapse, it is occurring at a fraction of the time in modern day America and the World. The great banks and financial institutions which had become household names for a hundred years or more are failing at a rate reminiscent of the Great Depression. Glaring military failure and impotence in the face of third-rate opponents, hyper-inflation, personal bankruptcy, trade imbalance and government debt in the trillions of dollars, all highlighting the failure of a wealthy capitalist class, who like their predecessors in Roman times have once again sacrificed a healthy Republic for a failed empire."
We do not - should not - try to be the "policeman to the world". Ron Paul has made this point many times. And now, especially, we can't AFFORD to try to continue this practice! WAKE UP AMERICA!

"THE END OF AMERICA: A Warning to a Young Patriot" by Naomi Wolf is a book to be read - NOW! Also, Ron Paul tells it like it is in the book he wrote, "Revolution: A Manifesto"   Carol C.      PERMANENT LINK 


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