Some similarities, but not really
No, not at all
Other (please elaborate)
32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
Not really. It's in decline, but not like the Roman Empire.
I think that's just a lazy shorthand for people that really don't know history. It's a lot closer to the fall of, say, the Spanish Empire than it is the Roman.
The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected.
If Barack Obama was a few shades lighter he would be a dead ringer of Emperor Commodus.
It's people who make a society. If this wasn't so, then we could either impose or actively promote that all Third World countries adopt the US Constitution and thereby eradicate their Third World status.
Rome fell because of too many military conquests which diminished resources, combined with adequate rivals on all sides. IIRC it was the Gothic War, specifically, which was the nail in the coffin. Less commonly known is that Rome was divided into East and West, with two different rulers. The Gothic War attempted to unite the two and it caused much resource to be wasted. It had nothing to do with a bloated bourgeoise or entitlements -- those are modern distinctions. Rome did not have social welfare or anything like our social systems today.
The U.S. is going to diminish in power and have to scale back its empire building, but it's not going to collapse from invasion the way Rome did. It has Canada to the north and Mexico to the south, the most powerful military on the planet (for now), and has many military allies. Do the math, it's not gonna happen.
There are many parallels to the U.S. and the decline of Rome but it's a tired comparison because too many variables are entirely different. We can compare virtually any ailing nation with ancient Rome because it's the western world's gold standard (and obsession) of civilization decline, but it's usually not that meaningful or especially important of a comparison. Rome was the greatest nation the western world ever knew, which existed from the 8th century BC onward. The U.S. is too young to be that important... it's burning hot and dying young. When people compare the U.S. to ancient Rome, I think they need to deflate their big heads a little bit.
Last edited by Northern Light; 02-27-14 at 04:51 PM.
Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.
This is closer to the what actually did happen.Plenty of jobs. They in turn spend the money. Created more jobs. We have been living off that kick start since.
This plus the invasion of the barbarian hordes will spell our doom.Without a strong middle class we are done as a country. Thats the danger for us. If the income inequality keeps whacking the middle class it will lead to slow decline but an ending that works out well for no one.