I would like to start by thanking We be workin for providing the link to the Chicago Tribune story in the comments section of the previous Rome post. This directly ties in to what I would like to say in part 2.
Not only has the United States gone in an eerily similar direction to the failed Roman Empire on an economic basis, but culturally, it might be even more frightening. There are countless historical accounts of the degradation of basic values of decency and morality during the final years of Rome. Gambling and drunkeness were rampant. Sexual promiscuity(both hetero and homo) became viewed as the norm, not the exception. And all these actions became viewed as inconsequential. In other words, personal responsibility almost disappeared. One did not need to be responsible for one's actions, because one could do no wrong. When a problem occurred, the tyrannical central authority of Rome's ruling class would ensure that you would still be able to eat and house yourself, at the expense of the taxpayer.
Sound familiar? It should. In the U.S. today, there is a casino popping up in every suburb. Flash mobs are looting and pillaging because they know the reward is far greater than the risk. The entertainment industry makes every movie or TV show with a nod to homosexuality as not only normal, but something to be celebrated.(Yes, that line will offend some,I get it... but the truth is, if homosexuality were normal, the human species would have expired eons ago. Different subject for a different post.) In the Chicago public schools today, when a teacher is assaulted, the principal's first question to the teacher is, "what did you do to provoke the student"? Yeah, political correctness run amok. We all know it, too.
The recent rash of flash mobs in downtown Chicago is a direct result of political correctness. The perpetrators, so far, have all been black teenagers. The victims, so far, have all been non blacks. Yet there has not been a single mention of any of these kids being prosecuted under the current hate crime statutes. Why is that? Would it be the same story if the perpetrators were white thugs targeting minorities?
And Mayor Emmanuel has been very public in his statements. No big deal...we aren't that concerned...it's summertime, ya know? Why?
And the Obama Justice Department is stepping up it's investigations into big city police departments for there alleged brutality.
Yeah, the Roman republic was a human rights nightmare in many ways. It definitely degenerated into tyranny, and it's Senate rendered irrelevant(hmmm...sound familiar again?). But it is responsible for bringing the human being into its current state of modernity. And when it fell, it fell hard. Never did recover.