Panem et Circenses
By Good Ole Boy/Jim
Bread and Circuses are now signaling the end of our country as they did Rome. Our public is overly enamored with professional sports such as football, basket ball, and NASCAR. A very large part our taxes go for welfare and other social programs and are increasing every year.
The poet Juvenal said in one of his satires “Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions, everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things, bread and circuses.
Obama and the left have put our nation in ever increasing debt and continue to throw out bread to unions and social programs. Thomas Jefferson had prescience about what could destroy our country.
If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.
And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude
I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
If we run into such debts as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our callings and our creeds, as the people of England are, our people, like them, must come to labor sixteen hours in the twenty-four, and give the earnings of fifteen of these to the government for their debts and daily expenses; And the sixteenth being insufficient to afford us bread, we must live, as they do now, on oatmeal and potatoes, have no time to think, no means of calling the mismanagers to account; but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains around the necks of our fellow sufferers; And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for a second, that second for a third, and so on ’til the bulk of the society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery, to have no sensibilities left but for sinning and suffering … And the forehorse of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression.
It would be well worth it for all politicians to heed Jefferson.
If all the sports fans knew as much about our politicians and president as they do about their sports teams we might not have the problems we do now.
As with Rome we are weakening from within, they fell to the Goths from the north while we to the Mexicans from the south and Muslims from the east.
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