Guest Author: Mike Muckleroy
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!
(Is it possible or will history repeat itself if the USA makes the same mistakes as the Roman Empire?)
Donald Trump has made a campaign from the slogan “Make America Great Again!”.
I should, in all fairness, include that it has been a successful rise to the top of most political polls. This is not an endorsement of Trump, even though I believe the USA has been declining for more than the two terms of President Obama in economic well-being and integrity. Further, this country may require a change of the “type” of politicians that are currently elected not only in Congress, but also in state and local governments.
In the late fourth century, the Western Roman Empire crumbled after a nearly 500-year run as the world’s greatest superpower. Historians have blamed the collapse on hundreds of different factors ranging from military failures and crippling taxation to natural disasters and even climate change. Do any of these reasons sound familiar?
With due diligence, one can ascertain that there were several factors why one of history’s most legendary empires finally came crashing down. Is the USA repeating the mistakes that destroyed the Roman Empire? The History Channel has broadcast several documentaries on this subject. Read on to discover eight reasons why one of history’s most legendary empires finally came crashing down and the similarities occurring now in the United States of America.
Invasions by cultures and nationalities that did not assimilate to the culture and attitudes of the Roman Empire citizenry. Many of the immigrants were “barbarian” Germanic Tribes who were actually at war with the Roman Empire. As the US Government continues to admit unvetted refugees into the US, there are many that are not assimilating to the US culture and have attempted to establish Sharia Councils.
Even as Rome was under attack from outside forces, it was also crumbling from within, thanks to a severe financial crisis. Overspending had significantly lightened imperial coffers, and oppressive taxation and inflation had widened the gap between rich and poor. In the period just before the Roman Republic’s fall, the Roman middle class was crushed — destroyed by cheap overseas slave labor. In our own day, we’ve witnessed rising income inequality, a collapse of the middle class, and the loss of American jobs to overseas workers who are paid less and have fewer rights. Are out of control US deficits and spending, plus the increased taxation of citizens and businesses and the continued decline of the labor participation rate destroying the US economy?
At its height, the Roman Empire stretched from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Euphrates River in the Middle East, but its grandeur may have also been its downfall. The Empire struggled to fund resources to defend its frontiers from local rebellions and outside attacks. As more and more funds were funneled into the military upkeep of the empire, technological advancement slowed and Rome’s civil infrastructure fell into disrepair. Is continued spending of US tax dollars on aid to other nations, worldwide global warming initiatives, pork projects and government incompetence creating a national debt that the US cannot recover from. Similar to the late Roman Republic, the US – for the past 100 years — has either been fighting a war, recovering from a war, or preparing for a new war.
If Rome’s sheer size made it difficult to govern, ineffective and inconsistent leadership only served to magnify the problem. The political rot also extended to the Roman Senate, which failed to temper the excesses of the emperors due to its own widespread corruption and incompetence. As the situation worsened, civic pride waned and many Roman citizens lost trust in their leadership. The continued loss of trust in the Congress and President of the US to govern this nation seems to be a direct parallel to the issues of the Roman Empire. As the size of the US Government increases, government incompetence and waste increases proportionately. Campaign contributions, passing laws that Congress is exempt from, government scandals, and politicians who are unethical and dishonest increases as the size of the government increases. Government corruption is blatant when you have senators who are elected with a salary of $174,000/year and are multi-millionaires in several years. Politicians’ focus is therefore not so much on the people who sent them to Washington. Their focus is instead on those who will make them rich.
The mass migration of Germanic tribes and attacks on Rome stemmed from a mass migration caused by the Huns’ invasion of Europe in the late fourth century. When these Eurasian warriors rampaged through northern Europe, they drove many Germanic tribes to the borders of the Roman Empire. The Romans allowed members into the safety of Roman territory which created a dangerous enemy within their own borders. The growing number of refugees, unvetted, continues the parallel with the mistakes of the Roman Empire. Are we willingly bringing a dangerous enemy into The United States of America?
The decline of Rome dovetailed with the spread of Christianity, and some have argued that the rise of a new faith helped contribute to the empire’s fall. The Edict of Milan legalized Christianity in 313, and it later became the state religion in 380. Religious leaders took an increased role in political affairs, further complicating governance. Christianity displaced the polytheistic Roman religion and also destroyed the traditional Roman values system. Radical Islam is, by definition, terrorist acts committed by Muslim groups or individuals who profess Islamic or Islamist motivations or goals, such as world domination. Islamic terrorists have relied on particular interpretations of the tenets of the Quran and the Hadith, citing these scriptures to justify violent tactics including mass murder, genocide, child molestation and slavery.
For most of its history, Rome’s military was the envy of the ancient world. But during the decline, unable to fund and recruit new soldiers, the makeup of the once mighty legions began to change. Another remarkable parallel to the Roman Empire as the US Government has made drastic cuts of billions of dollars that would take American military forces to its lowest level since before World War II. Secretary of Defense has stated, “as a consequence of large budget cuts, our future force will assume additional risk in certain areas,” citing gaps in training and maintenance and a smaller force that would be stretched thin if major conflicts broke out in several places at once.
The decline of the Roman Empire and where we are in US history, when read together, striking parallels emerge — between our failings and the failings that destroyed the Roman Republic.
Are we witnessing the loss of our republican form of government, as politicians increasingly represent those who fund their campaigns, rather than our citizens? OR…..is there someone who can and will change the political landscape, hold politicians accountable for their actions, lies and misdeeds. Someone who can truly MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!
Guest Author – Mike Muckleroy