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ROME FELL BECAUSE OF THE VERY MISTAKES THE USA IS MAKING NOW by Mark Landsbaum

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Things change. But not always for the better. You’d think people who change things would want it to be for the better. Go figure.

Change doesn’t just happen. Changes are wrought intentionally. Even unintended consequences are the result of intentional acts.

For example, Rome fell. That obviously was an unintended consequence, at least as far as Romans were concerned. But it was the result of a long series of deliberate – which is to say intentional – acts committed by Romans that brought it about.

In his “American Minute,” author William J. Federer gives a concise account of the intentional acts leading to the unintentional fall of Rome, drawing on the work of noted historians Will and Ariel Durant:

“Illegal immigrants poured across the Roman borders… If Rome had not engulfed so many men of alien blood in so brief a time, if she had passed all these newcomers through her schools instead of her slums, if she had treated them as men with a hundred potential excellences, if she had occasionally closed her gates to let assimilation catch up with infiltration, she might have gained new racial and literary vitality from the infusion, and might have remained a Roman Rome, the voice and citadel of the West.”

Instead, as the Durants recounted, immigrants who at first assimilated and learned the Latin language came so fast they did not learn Latin. “The unity of the Roman Empire began to dissolve.”

“Starting in 123 BC, the immensely powerful Roman politician, Gaius Gracchus began appeasing citizens with welfare, a monthly hand-out of a free dole (handout) of grain.”

Can that historical account be read without seeing the parallels to our own nation and our own time?

Illegal aliens flooding across the border, unable to speak the language, having few skills to contribute, refusing to assimilate, reliant on government handouts, creating slums and crime. Rome. The USA.

Although the Left enjoys and encourages all this, most Americans didn’t intend these outcomes. Nevertheless, most Americans have been complicit in permitting these consequences by their own intentional acts.

We are a nation of representative government, which means what it does, we do. And government has refused to enforce border security, encouraged illegal immigration by dangling welfare, health care and other free benefits, permitted alien children to enroll in public schools without requiring them to master English, eagerly facilitated hiring low-skilled immigrants to work for lower pay than American natives, tolerated resultant gang violence and the consequential deterioration of major cities.

How much more like a Third World slum can America become before it suffers the same outcome as Rome?

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