A Grim Little Insight from History

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Consider this quote by Edward Gibbon, from The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter XV:

“The incapacity of a weak and distracted government may often assume the appearance and produce the effects of a treasonable correspondence with the public enemy.”

Which, I think, explains why we are so often moved to ask, concerning our own national leaders today, “Are they wrecking the country on purpose?”

As Gibbon summed up the causes that led directly to the fall of Rome, he noted:

*The destruction of the middle class, leaving only a small stratum of the super-rich and a vast population of the intractably poor, most of them on welfare.

*Public entertainment that became a substitute for work and family life.

*Wave after wave of invading barbarians–many of whom had been invited into Italy by the Roman authorities themselves. And why? As our own leaders might have put it, “to do work that Romans won’t do.”

Does any of this sound at all familiar?

If history is sometimes boring, it is also sometimes shocking.

6 comments on “A Grim Little Insight from History

  1. Back when I first read Gibbon’s book, I thought, “oh, those poor silly Romans, what were they thinking?” and now, sorry to say, we are living what I read, and it is unbelievable.

  2. I see people all around being daily hypnotized, brainwashed and disabled in the brain department. Bread and circuses have truly taken over. We see on pseudo-news programs that have middle aged people acting precisely like a room full of kindergarten children; laughing, jabbering with 2 to 6 people all talking at the same time. ugggg

  3. “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.” -Cicero

    “Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer. If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide.” -Abraham Lincoln

  4. On a brighter note, Lee, here is one of my old favorite songs: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, and the best version I have found is by Alan Jackson.
    gives us the solution to all this madness.

  5. Hi, Lee, here is another song I enjoy a lot. Create in me a clean heart, (from Psalm 51) Keith Green has a version, and Maranatha Singers, another.

  6. Lincoln was right. The only thing that could destroy the Republic of the Founders was America herself and he led the charge that accomplished the type of “national government” (as he himself called it!) that is now the Deep State and our ticket to extinction.

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