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~ Three Hundred Years ~
What does the Future Look Like
for the United States of America?
By Scott Rohter, February 2014
"A great Nation and small minds go ill together." - Sir Edmund Burke 18th Century
"Giving up a bird in hand for the promise of another one way off in the bush and down the road
somewhere is just a bad political and economic strategy. It is very bad for our country too" - Scott Rohter
What does the future look like for the United States of America? In a word... bleak. No republic has ever lasted longer than three hundred years. The longest lasting republic was Rome. Three hundred years was about how long it took for the Roman Senate to become a mere rubber stamp for the latest Caesar to come along and for the Roman Republic to become a virtual dictatorship with all power consolidated in the hands of only one man.
Three hundred years was also about how long it took for the citizens of Rome to become so convinced of their own invincibility that they began to take their republic and their own survival for granted. It’s about how long it took for them to become so prosperous that they forgot what it actually took to create what they had built. They forgot how they became the greatest nation on earth. It wasn't by being lazy I can promise you that. They forgot the old adage that success is built upon the hard work and perseverance and often the very bones of those who achieve it. The Romans began to believe that were invincible and they fell victim to their own P/R. They began to believe that their freedom and their republic would last forever. Sadly neither did.
Three hundred years was also how long it took for their children to become so lazy that they wouldn’t even perform the manual labor that was necessary to harvest Rome’s principal agricultural crop. That was the olives that grew so abundantly in their fields. So spoiled were the Roman children that their parents had to hire non-Roman workers from other parts of their Empire to do the work that Romans wouldn’t do. Does that sound familiar? They had to hire Barbarians to work in their fields and to serve in the Roman army too. Can anyone deny that illegal aliens from Mexico and other parts of Latin America are doing the work that most Americans won't do anymore?
The reason that no republic has ever lasted longer than three hundred years is because of two fundamental flaws in human nature and because of one very basic principle that we seem to have forgotten. Prosperity breeds contentment, and we all tend to take for granted the things that we are most familiar with. Since familiarity and complacency are both just the natural consequences of success then it logically follows that our continued prosperity depends upon our continued vigilance against this all too human failing... i.e. the willingness to sit back and rest on our laurels. A lack of vigilance is why most republics don’t endure for very long. That is why Benjamin Franklin responded accordingly when he was asked by someone in Philadelphia in 1783 what kind of a government the Constitutional Convention had just created. He replied, “A Republic madam if you can keep it"... That is because eternal vigilance is the price of enduring liberty, and eternal vigilance against complacency is not the least of the things we need to be concerned about.
If Rome is the standard by which all other republics are measured, then the United States has less than 63 years now officially left on our clock in which we either need to get our act together or resign ourselves to our own national demise. Our country is not ruled by one man yet, but we do have what appears to be a growing trend towards an imperial Presidency which doesn’t respect the Constitution nor the rule of law and it only grudgingly consents to share power with the rest of the greedy, corrupt, and lazy politicians who represent us on Capitol Hill. Congress is all too eager and willing to abdicate its legitimate Constitutional authority to the White House, and what else can you call it when President Obama says that if Congress doesn't do what he wants then he will bypass them altogether and do whatever he wants by issuing an executive order. That is not the way a constitutional republic operates.
When Congress does occasionally decide to act, it usually makes irresponsible and inappropriate decisions such as raising the Federal Debt limit so they can borrow more money against our children's future, or by allowing endless amounts of worthless Federal Reserve Notes to be printed in order to try to inflate our way out of paying the actual amount of the National Debt. I can promise you that this doesn't win us any friends overseas among the foreign holders of United States Treasury Bills. The correct solution to both our borrowing problem and our spending problem is just to cut spending and to stop borrowing, and then to start balancing the Federal Budget. Congress also passes these massive two thousand page long legislative red herrings like the Affordable Care Act without even bothering to read the Bills or taking the time to know what is actually inside of them. That is not the behavior of a responsible Congress. It sounds more like "make-believe" or something out of Hollywood.
Our task is to provide a strong and viable country to the next generation of Americans who are growing up today, not to abandon them to the same fate as Rome. In order to do this we must first take control one of the too stupid to believe political Parties that control the power monopoly in Washington. There is the Democrat Party of fools and there is the Republican Party of ineffectual cowards. It is far easier to fix what is wrong with a coward than to try to repair what is fundamentally wrong with a fool. Perhaps we can provide the courage that is necessary to fix the cowardly lion. In this case it is actually more like a cowardly elephant that we have to embolden, but no one can impart wisdom to a fool. That's why the mascot of the Democrat Party is a jackass. The Bible tells us not to have anything to do with fools.
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