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September 9, 2011 | 1,585 views | 4 comments

Harlingen, Texas, September 7, 2011: I realize our academics don’t bother to teach much history in our schools today. We have a significant number of young people who can’t tell you the name of the first President of the United States of America. These students are also unable to give you a thumbnail sketch of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. When it comes to reciting anything related to world history they are almost a complete blank.

One of the greatest empires in history was Rome, exercising its power over the known world for 500 year, ending in 476 A.D. Historians have studied its decline, almost from the date of its known demise. During all of the text writing, volumes of research and endless debate on the subject, a clear picture of the fall of the Roman Empire has emerged. There is very little disagreement in academia on the fall of the Roman Empire.

There was great antagonism between the emperor and the senate. There was political corruption. There were continuing wars and military spending. Their enemies had becomes familiar with Roman military tactics. The working classes of Rome had massive unemployment. The country also had a failing economy.

Within Rome there were repeated attacks against those citizens who had accepted Christianity. The country saw a major decline in morals and there was a significant withering away of ethics and public values. The country was hit with repeated natural disasters. Mobs and crime grew across the nation. Finally, and equally significant, Rome was repeatedly attacked by barbarians.

I think everyone can see a parallel between the conditions that brought about the fall of Rome and conditions in the United States today. It is relatively easy to see the conflict between the President of the United States and the United States Congress. Political corruption! We can see it everywhere. Add to those issues, ten years of wars that appear to be unending. We must also admit the enemy learned quiet well the tactics used by our troops. Viewing these conditions we match up like a twin to the main issues facing a fading Rome.

What else aided in bringing down the mighty Romans? They had massive unemployment. Questions anyone? They had a failing economy. Where have we heard that one? Their Christian community was under attack. This has been happening here for decades. Rome had a major decline in the morals of its people. The United States is being bombarded with the homosexual agenda. Families cannot even enjoy television in their homes with out being subjected to sexploitation and degradation.

The topics of ethics and decline of public values that plagued Rome could be a separate essay. Within our own public arena ethics and meaningful public values have faded into the past with less fanfare than was received by the long gone unbiased news program. We don’t even need to address our natural disasters. They happen with such frequency that most television and newspapers keep up a steady chatter about the threatening event of the day.

We know only too well about the gangs and the organized crime that are all around us. They make daily headlines in America just as they did in ancient Rome. Barbarians who constantly attacked Rome are no different than those who attack us today. Are the enemies of America any less barbaric than those of the past?

All too often when we find ourselves in a situation or a place where lifestyles or customs are different than our own. We laugh and say....”Well, When in Rome....” Then we take on that particular style or custom. Could it be that America has looked back in history and said, “Well, When in Rome!” We sure seem to be following that very destructive path.

Semper Fidelis
 
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Publius Valerius Publicola  
Rome, Tx.  
September 12, 2011 11:30am
 
Howard, thank you for your view of the situation in Rome. There are however, many different views of the reasons for the fall, as Segel points out. Corruption, moral decay and usurpation of power did play a major role. The point ... More ›

 
Howard C Berger  
Floresville, TX  
September 11, 2011 4:14pm
 
I have noticed that whenever some columnist cites the fall of Rome to support his views he almost always changes the historical facts to fit his predetermined ideological positions. I may agree or disagree with the politics ... More ›

 
Publius Valerius Publicola  
Rome, Tx.  
September 10, 2011 12:33pm
 
Right on target. As usual. We Americans no longer seem to pay attention to the lessons of history. As in Rome, we think we are too big to fail.

 
Elaine K.  
Floresville  
September 9, 2011 4:29pm
 
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