As we remember what happened at Gettysburg, and as we celebrate our nation's beginning, perhaps we should pause for a moment to remember the basis of our quest for freedom. What a pity if we lose our Republic because public education brainwashed our society into thinking the Constitution supports oligarchy. It does not, even if the people do.
We are closer to “the fall of Rome” than many wish to imagine. All the circumstances that led to the destruction of ancient Rome exist today —primary among them, a corrupt legislature, and an apathetic electorate. Given the understanding among most Americans about their government, there is little reason to assume that we can long sustain the gift of our founding fathers.
One “citizen” recently told me that she supports Bloomberg’s effort to outlaw 16 oz. cokes; there are too many overweight people, too many of those suffering from Type II Diabetes, and all of them demanding the taxpayer pay for the treatment of their maladies. Since these people refuse to live a healthy life, it is the role of government to force them to do so. This citizen is college educated, but lacks this insight: a government able to limit our intake of soda is also a government that can limit our freedom to make any decision whatsoever.
This is the direction we are heading in America, and we must admit it is precisely what the progressive party in this country intends to see happen. The longer I observe these momentous events, the greater my understanding of Caesar’s decision to cross the Rubicon. The event had an unhappy ending, of course, but I understand how someone who loved Rome could be convinced that cutting off the head of the Republic was the only way to save it from the python of political corruption.
We are living in a very dangerous time, and I believe that if the American people do not reinstitute the Republic, the next version of the American experience will look very much like something we might observe in France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, or Greece —which is to say, “un-American.”