When Rome fell at last, it was more due by far to corruption from within than it was to attack from without, and the fall of Rome marked the end of an era of expanding civilization, for as much as Roman tactics were brutal, they were effective in converting savage tribal peoples into members of a cooperating society. Roman expansion visited terrible war on many peoples but it stopped the constant wars between these little tribal states and mini-kingdoms and made them all part of something bigger.
That amazing document, our Constitution, was written by students of Roman government and Greek Philosophy, with the purpose of creating a state free of British oppression, that empowered the people. The idea was based on the Roman’s concept of citizenship. Roman citizens had special rights that non-citizens lacked, and this was expanded on to protect American citizens from transgresses by government. This is why we have the Bill of Rights, and why the rights of all citizens are so carefully spelled out and guarded in our Constitution.
Over the years the highest levels of our government have become increasingly corrupt, just as they did in Rome, and it’s been looking very much like the end of the American era is at hand.
But something has changed and now it looks like the end of the Era Of Corruption may be at hand instead. This is what has so much of Washington and the Mainstream Media in a frenzied panic. Because we finally have a strong candidate for President who seems to not only be beyond corruption but who wants to actually do the things Americans have been screaming for, for decades, to protect our country and rebuild our economy.
This may be the end of an era, all right. The end of the era of bought-out politicians who lick their masters hands and do their bidding. The suspense is killing me.