Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Those who don't...

remember the past...
American Minute with Bill Federer

September 4

Rome fell SEPTEMBER 4, 476AD.

In the century preceding, Rome was overrun with illegal immigrants:
Visigoths, Franks, Anglos, Saxons, Ostrogoths, Burgundians, Lombards
and Vandals. They first assimilated, many working as servants, but
then came so fast they did not learn the Latin Language.

Highly trained Roman Legions marched rapidly on advanced roads but
were strained fighting conflicts worldwide.

Rome had a trade deficit, having outsourced its grain production to
North Africa, and when the Vandals captured that area, Rome did not
have the resources to retaliate.

Attila the Hun committed terrorist attacks.

The city of Rome was on welfare with citizens given free bread. One
Roman commented: "Those who live at the expense of the public funds
are more numerous than those who provide them." Tax collectors were
"more terrible than the enemy."

Gladiators had provided violent entertainment in the Coliseum.

There had been injustice in courts, corrupt government bureaucracies,
exposure of unwanted infants, infidelity, perverted bathhouses and
sexual immorality as seen in the ruins of Pompeii.

5th-Century historian Salvian wrote: "O Roman people be ashamed...Let
nobody think otherwise, the vices of our bad lives have alone
conquered us."


. . . You know the rest...

:^/

3 comments:

Mercy Now said...

Our gladiators are the sports figures we worship and pay millions to see.

Our intellect is all about entertainer's 24/7 life and nothing else like world affairs, science, & geography.

What were once taboos are now considered normal like porn, abortion, and the gay lifestyle.

Then there's the huge deficit and illegal immigrants...

We can never ignore history so the question is, is the writing on the wall?

Marklark said...

I'm sort of thinking that it is. :^/

I'm pretty sure that most of us are ignoring history, though. It's a wonderful time, don't you know?!?

Bike Bubba said...

The craziest thing, IMO, is that among the leaders to debauchery are the historians--those who should know better. While certainly not all historians suffer this blindness, there are an awful lot who suffer from the "new world order" manner of thinking that a good knowledge of history is supposed to prevent.