I found this quote this morning. It covers everything brought up here.
.the Roman government appeared everyday less formidable to its enemies, more odious and oppressive to its subjects. The taxes were multiplied with the public distress; economy was neglected in proportion as it became necessary . If all the barbarian conquerors had been annihilated in the same hour, their total destruction would not have restored the empire of the West: and if Rome still survived, she survived the loss of freedom, of virtue, and of honour. Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
I´ve been accused of run on sentences, but this is the first run on thread. To the first topic of BELLS GARDEN, if he is a Democrat he needed to be ruled by the advice of Harry S. Truman, if you can´t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen. If he can´t take been investigated, challenged, and audited, he needed to be a trash collector instead.
Nice to see the Sultan linked me! Thanks for posting it.
(Too bad the “bloggers” category is still back-burner fare here at FR.)