Web source: Worth Readinghttp://worthreading.ning.com/profiles/blogs/those-who-dont-learn-from?xg_source=msg_mes_network By Dr. Patrick Jonston
June 9, 2010
NewsWithViews.com "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
Our greatest enemy today is not Obama. Itâ€™s not the socialists in Congress, the liberal activists that serve as judges, itâ€™s not Islamist terrorists, the Communist Chinese, the Federal Reserve, or illegal immigrants. Let us learn from history.
The Roman empire covered the world with roads, trade, soldiers, and technology. It was a thing of pride to be a Roman citizen. Produce and goods were inexpensive.
They were the wealthiest people in the world who conquered all her challengers.
But Rome became overrun with illegal immigrants, who at first assimilated and worked as servants, but then came so fast that they did not learn the language or adopt the Roman culture. Rome became addicted to the cheap labor, and didnâ€™t enforce her immigration laws. Politicians and businesses catered to illegal immigrants.
The highly-trained Roman military, moving rapidly on their advanced road system, was over-stretched in conflicts at the boundaries of their vast empire. For the military industrial complex, business was booming.
Motivated by the intrusive military presence all over the world, Attila the Hun was committing terrorist attacks against Rome. The over-extended military could not catch him.
Rome had a trade deficit, having outsourced most of its grain production to N. Africa. When Vandals captured the area, Rome did not have the resources to retaliate.
The citizens of Rome were on welfare. They were given free food. Those who lived at the expense of the public treasury were more numerous than those who paid into it.
To the taxpaying Romans, tax collectors were more terrible than the enemy.
The courts were unjust and corrupt. They didnâ€™t follow the law.
Adultery and immorality were the norm. Bathhouses were filled with homosexual and heterosexual lust.
Unwanted and unloved infants were abandoned in fields to die. Some Roman leaders even proposed paying men to stay married and father more children, as Romeâ€™s birth rate was dropping too low to sustain their culture and their quality of life.
The Roman citizenâ€™s heart was not in the home, but in the Coliseum, the bathhouse, and the theater. They lived for entertainment. Plays, music, art, and literature â€“ the Romans were intoxicated with entertaining themselves. Gladiators provided violent entertainment in the Coliseum.
They soon became victims of the kind of violence that entertained them. The sacking of Rome was devastating.
The greatest empire in the history of the world fell in September 4, 476 A.D. The historian Salvian wrote in the fifth century: "O Roman people be ashamedâ€¦ Let nobody think otherwise, the vices of our bad lives have alone conquered us." The proud and haughty Roman empire fell into the dustbin of history, its greatness squandered and its potential hindered by one thing: sin.
Those who donâ€™t learn from history: are bound to repeat it.
Like the Roman empire before its fall, America is being overrun with illegal immigrants. Unlike the immigrants at the founding of our nation, they are not being assimilated into our culture. A vast majority of federal prison inmates are illegal immigrants, and some of the most violent gangs in California are comprised of illegal immigrants. They cost our country billions annually. They are a burden on our welfare and healthcare systems that we can no longer afford. Does our government protect our rights by enforcing our immigration laws? On the contrary, amnesty for illegal immigrants is next on the list of things to do for our leaders in D.C.
Like the Roman empire, the highly-trained American military is spread out across the globe. Rather than protect our borders and act only for our defense, they reside in more 130countries the last time I counted. Itâ€™s considered unpatriotic to want to bring them home. Even the political party that rode into D.C. on the backs of the anti-war activists is leaving them overseas. But worry not â€“ for the military industrial complex, business is booming.
Motivated by American military presence in foreign nations, terrorists conspire against us. Our unplugged, porous borders are their allies, and our intrusive military presence all over the world fuels their recruitment.
They donâ€™t hate us because weâ€™re a democracy, because weâ€™re free, or because of the color of our skin or
our religion. According to their fatwas against us, they hate us because we wonâ€™t leave them alone.
Like the Roman empire, we outsource our jobs to corporate interests overseas, who arenâ€™t constrained by the minimum wage and other federal regulations associated with doing business in America. With cap and trade and recently passed healthcare legislation, weâ€™ve given business an even greater incentive to leave the borders to cut their overhead. This has caused double-digit unemployment and a huge, growing trade deficit. In spite of our income tax, sales tax, and death tax that consumes up to 40% of our wealth, we still have a 1.6 trillion dollar deficit. We are, in essence, borrowing from China to buy from China. Itâ€™s like taking out another credit card to pay the minimum on the last credit card you took out. The criminal Federal Reserve and their accomplices in crime in Congress are deliberately printing more dollars to pay for their perks and pork and undeclared wars, inflating the dollar as a result.
Like the Roman empire before its fall, more and more people subsist on welfare and government handouts. Weâ€™re becoming a welfare nation, the largest nanny state since the USSR. The federal government is now the nationâ€™s largest employer, and it slated to consume more than two-fifths of the Gross Domestic Product of the entire nation within the next 45 years. They continue to perpetuate ponzi schemes like Social Security, the likes of which landed Bernie Madoff in prison. The Congressional Budget Office projected that Social Security would operate in the red in 2010and 2011, but with the recession, more Americans have retired than expected.
There is no Social Security trust fund â€“ Congress has spent it every year. The Medicare Board of Trustees in 2009admitted that Medicare is due to completely exhaust the trust fund and go bankrupt in 2017, but that will probably come much sooner since ObamaCare is planning to rob Medicare of 500 billion dollars.
Weâ€™re selling our children as slaves to a government in exchange for money from the public treasury. Those who live at the expense of the government are increasing, and those who pay into the public treasury arethe targets of countless federal bureaucrats, regulators, and IRS agents who make it their living to torment the employers and businessmen who provide jobs to Americans.
Like the Roman empire before its fall, the courts have become unjust and corrupt, making up law rather than following it. They imagine themselves following the so-called penumbras of the constitution rather than obeying their oath to uphold the Constitution as it is written. They find in the right to privacy a right to adultery and a right to kill your unwanted children. Like the Roman empire before its fall, unwanted and unloved children are abandoned to die. Ohio slaughters 30,000 people by abortion every single day, and physician-assisted suicide is spreading state-by-state. The Republicans are more interested in regulating abortion than in banning it. We trade away the lives of innocent children like bartering chips at the table where politicians legislate.
Like the Roman empire before its fall, adultery and immorality has become the norm. Premarital sex, adultery, pornography, and homosexuality have made marital fidelity and normal child-rearing a thing of the past. 68% of our marriages in Muskingum County end in divorce, and most children are born out of wedlock.
Like the Roman empire before its fall, weâ€™re intoxicated with entertainment from dawn to dust, from movies and television shows with nudity and adultery, to porn shops that dot the interstate, to internet, to radio, to smut that lines the check-out lines at the grocery store, to violent entertainment. Like the Roman empire before its fall, our heartâ€™s not in the home, but in our selfish lusts and desires.
At the end of the American timeline, will it be said by historians: O American people, be ashamedâ€¦ Let nobody think otherwise, the vices of our bad lives have alone conquered us.Like the Roman empire before its fall, we deserve judgment.
James Madison, our fourth President, said, "Weâ€™ve staked our future on our ability to follow the Ten Commandments with all of our heart. We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. Weâ€™ve staked the future of all of our political institutions upon our capacityâ€¦ to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."
We are losing our freedom because weâ€™ve lost our Christian morals as a nation, and unless we return to the ways of the God of our forefathers, we will not see the liberties lost restored, and our children will lose what liberties we have left.
God said to through the prophet Jeremiah in chapter 18: "At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good wherewith I said I would benefit them."
Blessed is the people whose God is the Lord, but the wicked, and every nation that forgets God, will be turned into hell.
America is in danger of judgment. What do we do? Repent! Pray to God that He will forgive our sin, and will pardon our sins through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
Those who donâ€™t learn from history: are bound to repeat it.