ENGRAVED ON AMERICA’S TOMBSTONE?
By Frosty Wooldridge
In 476 AD, Rome vanished into the history books. It was a heck of a run: Rome began as a Republic; it conquered most of the known world; it became an empire; it enjoyed slavery; it built lavish architecture still admired into the 21st century; Rome constructed the Coliseum where one million men suffered slaughtering in 200 years of the ‘games’; it partied with decadence in wine, women and song; Mark Anthony and Cleopatra’s passions became the stuff of legends; finally, Julius Caesar took knives in his gut; et tu Brutus?
You’ve read Rome’s demise in history books. Shakespeare immortalized great moments. You’ve seen the movies with Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner and Elizabeth Taylor. Rome’s greatness stretched for centuries, but it declined to its grave on the Boot Hill of history.
We see the similarities of Rome manifesting in America in the early years of the 21st century. Republic to empire; military bases in 100 countries around the world; Donald Trump nauseates us with his skyscrapers; 100,000 seat NFL stadiums entertaining the masses with outrageous salaried ‘gladiators’ and booze; Brad and Angelina’s endless nothingness; young men dying without reason in the contrived Iraq war; et tu Bushtus?
What will be engraved on America’s tombstone if it doesn’t stop an endless immigrant invasion? Who will write the words? Why did it happen? Who aided it within America’s borders? Will they be brought to justice? Why did they do it to their own country? To their own children? To the future?
A noble citizen wrote me last week with quotes from the late Ayn Rand, “Which of these two variants of statism are we moving toward: socialism or fascism?”
“To answer this question,” she said, “one must first ask: which is the dominant ideological trend of today's culture?
“The disgraceful and terrifying answer is: there is no ideological trend today. There is no ideology. There are no political principles, theories, ideals, or philosophy. There is no direction, no goal, no compass, no vision of the future, no intellectual element of leadership. Are there any emotional elements dominating today's culture? Yes! One! Fear!