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No Political Fix to America’s Death Spiral
The Blaze ^ | March 11, 2014 | Matt Barber, Vice President, Liberty Counsel Action

Posted on 03/11/2014 6:24:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The question is not, “Is America falling?” but, rather, “Why is America falling?”

I’m currently writing from CPAC 2014, the nation’s largest gathering of conservative political junkies. The event is being held at the beautiful Gaylord National hotel, adjacent to the scenic shoreline of the historic Potomac River. We’re just a few short miles from Washington, D.C., which, at least for now, remains the modern-day equivalent of the Roman Empire.

I say “at least for now” because America finds itself skipping along the primrose path to Rome’s ill-fated finale. I needn’t trouble you with evidence to that effect as this tragic reality is hopelessly inescapable. It’s a self-evident truth. Unless our next generation of leaders – Gen-Y Millennials – can successfully turn things around, we’re up the Potomac without a paddle....

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cpac; millennials; obama; society
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1 posted on 03/11/2014 6:24:24 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

After reading Dave Stockman’s 768 page soul crushing book about crony capitalism and our unpayable debt, I’m pretty pessimistic.


2 posted on 03/11/2014 6:27:09 PM PDT by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”
—Cicero, 55 A.D.


3 posted on 03/11/2014 6:34:12 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2banana

Small government is best. The evidence has been thrown into our faces for thousands of years, yet we never seem to learn.


4 posted on 03/11/2014 6:36:44 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
You have to be careful drawing parallels to the Roman Empire, because they didn't have the advances in science and technology which keep radically changing our situation.

Science and technology are the wild card.

Look at how fracking has radically altered the energy environment. Ten years ago Boston was running out of natural gas in cold spells, and it looked like we'd have to import LNG.

Then there's the Internet, which has revolutionized commerce, among other things.

All that makes it hard to predict the future.

5 posted on 03/11/2014 6:39:06 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

““Why is America falling?” “
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I say that the American population is no longer the people that I grew up with and around.
So called minorities and immigrants will soon outnumber the traditional Americans. Marxism, once despised, is becoming fashionable under the Marxist POTUS.


6 posted on 03/11/2014 6:39:15 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: 2banana

I call BS on that quote. Source?


7 posted on 03/11/2014 6:40:19 PM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (Why work for a living when you can vote for a living?)
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To: 2banana

I call BS on that quote. Source?


8 posted on 03/11/2014 6:40:19 PM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (Why work for a living when you can vote for a living?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another idiot looking for an explanation that doesn’t blame the media’s profits from deficit spending.
And he even referenced ‘Rome’!

Matt, listen... you listening?
The ‘Bread and Circus’ is here and the media is making a fortune off it. The media controls the public square and they won’t allow criticism of ‘Bread and Circus.
Just like it was in Rome, so it is today in America.


9 posted on 03/11/2014 6:43:40 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is from p.1064 of Edward Gibbon's The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire and it takes place about the year 450 (twenty-five years before the end of the empire in the west). The discussion takes place in the camp of Attila the Hun. Priscus is a Roman historian in the embassy sent by the emperor to negotiate with Attila.

Priscus is accosted by a former wealthy Greek Roman citizen who had lost everything and was taken prisoner, but by his long efforts had established himself among the Huns. The spelling is British from the text.

"The spoils of war had restored and improved his private property; he was admitted to the table of his former lord; and the apostate Greek blessed the hour of his captivity, since it had been the introduction to an happy and independent state; which he held by the honourable tenure of military service. This reflection naturally produced a dispute on the advantages, and defects, of the Roman government, which was severely arraigned by the apostate, and defended by Priscus in a prolix and feeble declamation. The freedom of Onegesius exposed, in true and lively colours, the vices of a declining empire, of which he had so long been the victim; the cruel absurdity of the Roman princes, unable to protect their subjects against the public enemy, unwilling to trust them with arms for their own defence; the intolerable weight of taxes, rendered still more oppressive by the intricate or arbitrary modes of collection; the obscurity of numerous and contradictory laws; the tedious and expensive forms of judicial proceedings; the partial administration of justice; and the universal corruption, which increased the influence of the rich, and aggravated the misfortunes of the poor. A sentiment of patriotic sympathy was at length revived in the breast of the fortunate exile; and he lamented, with a flood of tears, the guilt or weakness of those magistrates who had perverted the wisest and most salutary institutions.

10 posted on 03/11/2014 6:43:42 PM PDT by VR-21 (Next Stop, Willoughby.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Morals were exchanged for fun. The media monster replaced religion. The weed seeds were planted in the 60s. Now the once-beautiful garden is overrun and in need of a serious pruning. We had a really good gardener in the 80s but he’s gone. The new gardener is now picking out the flowers as quickly as possible while he continues to plant more weeds.


11 posted on 03/11/2014 6:43:56 PM PDT by Phillyred
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To: 2banana

As much a pipedream then as now.


12 posted on 03/11/2014 6:46:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Truthfully, I do believe America is indeed in a death-spiral. Economically, culturally, and morally decaying. When I see so much of America embracing deviant crap like homo-marriage, I view it a symbol that America has given itself over to evil, and its days are numbered.


13 posted on 03/11/2014 6:49:52 PM PDT by greene66
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To: MUDDOG

Crypto-currency could be a real game changer for governments world wide. Very interesting times ahead indeed. No parallel to anything in history.


14 posted on 03/11/2014 7:03:57 PM PDT by Bob Mc
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To: Bob Mc

Good points.


15 posted on 03/11/2014 7:17:36 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Tea Party Terrorist
It's right before this quote:

"Our nation's youth spend too much of their free time tweeting and IM'ing one another via their iPads. This is not a good omen."

Cicero

16 posted on 03/11/2014 7:17:57 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: greene66

Can’t believe no one has pointed the root cause of the death spiral, which is real.

Our nation has rejected God. It’s that simple. The nation that rejects God, kicks Him out, says, “Thanks, but we can do it all without You - we don’t need You...” will find itself losing His blessing, His grace, His mercy and His protection.

Even a large percentage of conservatives fall in this category.

In doing so, a nation signs its own death warrant. It’s clear in history, all through scripture. Nothing new here.


17 posted on 03/11/2014 7:19:17 PM PDT by Arlis
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To: Bob Mc
Maybe instead of creating currencies based on cryptological algorithms we could base it on some sort of commodity.

Something that people value and that is beautiful.

Maybe something like tulip bulbs.

Yeah. That would work!

18 posted on 03/11/2014 7:20:56 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: Arlis
China kicked out God centuries ago and is doing quite well.

Japan never really had a God and did quite well for a time. If anything they were becoming more and more Christian as their economy declined.

India believes in hundreds of Gods and they're doing quite well right now.

The Islamic world believes in God, and some say the same God as Christians, but if not for oil they would still be penny ante nomadic tribes.

19 posted on 03/11/2014 7:23:28 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Those countries were not founded on a Christian world view and Christian principles. So they were never blessed like our nation, who, in its beginning, openly and universally acknowledged its dependence on God for all things.

The difference could not be greater.

God, and specifically a universal general belief in the Lord Jesus Christ is what resulted in our nation being unique and exceptional. That is a fact. Every principle embodied in our Constitution came from the Bible.

Those other nations may be prospering materially, but have never prospered spiritually. I’m referring primarily to the moral and spiritual decay of our nation, not the material.


20 posted on 03/11/2014 7:32:40 PM PDT by Arlis
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To: Arlis
Thanks for the clarification. We did not have a history of wholesale abortion until relatively recently.

It's kind of ironic that as we get closer to the edge of the cliff our government and our fellow citizens are trying to tame down our sporting exhibitions rather than making them even more violent in order to mimic the Roman gladiator matches.

Of course there is plenty of simulated violence on TV, in movies, and on the internet but nothing says moral decay like a real live Lion vs. Christian match.

21 posted on 03/11/2014 7:39:01 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: who_would_fardels_bear

Maybe something that has had intrinsic value for the last 5000 years. Gee, I wonder what that could be? I think the Chinese have figured that one out.


22 posted on 03/11/2014 8:25:59 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: greene66
Truthfully, I do believe America is indeed in a death-spiral. Economically, culturally, and morally decaying. When I see so much of America embracing deviant crap like homo-marriage, I view it a symbol that America has given itself over to evil, and its days are numbered.

No. America was stolen from an unlocked house. Good people slept and did nothing, while the wolf came around. We allowed ourselves a fat, dumb and happy existence for too long and now, we watch as an indoctrinated generation wanders about stupidly.

It's our fault.
23 posted on 03/12/2014 1:01:18 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: Tea Party Terrorist; 2banana
You're right but it is in the Congressional Record in 1968 among many other places so luckily we have Snopes: Taylor Made (government fix ostensibly by Cicero)

Regardless if nothing else its supported by plain 'ol common sense in my mind at least. ;-)

24 posted on 03/12/2014 8:45:34 PM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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