Why Rome? Well, let’s take a look. I know that many today know little of the histories of prior civilizations, including Rome. Heavens, many of the younger generations don’t even know when the Civil war was fought or what it was about, they know nothing about the world wars or the great depression. In a recent street interview, some didn’t know what Washington, D.C. was, who Robert E. Lee was, and one thought Joe Biden was a baseball player. However, these same people feel free to destroy property belonging to us all, burn and loot private property and blindly follow socialist/terrorist organizations like BLM and ANTIFA. But, I digress. Let us roll the time back to 80 B.C. in Rome.
The time when Julius Ceaser was a young man and Marcus Tullius Cicero was just sharpening his oratory, philosophy, and knowledge of the law. A time when Rome was well into its internal rot.
Only those born in Rome could vote. Other Italians, and of course those in areas conquered had no voting rights. However, they were heavily taxed. Those were the middle class of the time. They were farmers, merchants, shippers, and owned vineyards. The power people in Rome taxed these people unmercifully. The power people, the senators, consuls, tribunes, and super-wealthy skimmed the taxes for their own coffers and used the balance to spread over the other Roman Citizens to buy votes. Those getting the dole were known as the mob. During the day they lolled about eating and drinking copious quantities of wine, all supplied by the government. At night they roamed the streets defacing statues and monuments, writing graffiti on buildings and defecating in streets, alleys, and on the sides of buildings (think San Francisco of today). The more that government gave to the mob, the more the mob demanded and so the more government raised taxes on the middle class. Then gradually the middle class said enough and started pushing back with localized mini-wars against the local officials and tax collectors. These actions were known as “class wars”.
All these conditions, along with a string of very greedy and dishonest elected officials finally brought the Roman civilization to its bitter end.
So, now we fast forward back to today’s world and what do we have? Dishonest and greedy politicians that care for nothing except to stay in power. To do that they continually increase the government dole to those that choose to not work, many of whom are not even in the country legally, but are often allowed to vote. We have allowed our children to be dumbed down in school, and the radical socialist elements to control our higher education institutions.
We have rioters taking control of city streets, defacing our flag, tearing down statues and monuments that are public property, and burning and looting private property. The local authorities, to try appeasing the rioters, are moving to defund our police, or to totally disband them. One can only wonder where that will lead.
So, if these current conditions don’t sound familiar, go back and re-read the first three paragraphs of this post again. As I sit in awe at these events I can only wonder when the next phase will begin. That phase being when the put upon will begin to push back against those that are fostering this internal rot on our republic.