Why do once-successful societies ossify and decline? Hundreds of reasons have been adduced for the fall of Rome and the end of the Old Regime in 18th-century France. Reasons run from inflation and excessive spending to resource depletion and enemy invasion, when historians attempt to understand the sudden collapse of the Mycenaeans, the Aztecs, and, apparently, the modern Greeks. In literature from Catullus to Edward Gibbon, wealth and leisure — and who gets the most of both — more often than poverty and exhaustion, cause civilization to implode. One recurring theme seems consistent in Athenian literature
The lust for power is a self destructive force in itself.Right now,the left and the counter culture,being abetted by a soul selling media are on quite a roll trying to dominate this country with a long term eye on world domination and a one size fits all world government.
There´s no where to turn to in today´s world for one ounce of sanity.Once in a while the supreme court used to be a show stopper for the left but they simply ignore court rulings any more.
Anyone who has the gall to speak out against these thugs will have their lives ruined within one day. There´s a big brain that sends out blast emails to the media to give them a storyline to latch onto.
This is what concerns me about Dr.Carson getting into politics. He´s a fine,decent human being who´s done countless surgeries along with spreading his knowledge to doctors of the future.I don´t want to see the man personally destroyed by the leftist animals.
The media and left has already coronated Hillary as he next president who they see as an extension of Obama´s power grabbing autocracy.
The left´s dynasty thinking will implode before then because they´re destroying the structure of this country.
Ben Franklin got it right. ´´I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that ´except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it.´ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages.´´
Would that America would turn back to God before it´s too late. Without Him we´re laboring in vain.
The left will have to learn the lessons of history the hard way. Their answer ultimately will be a de facto single party socialist state, and "the masses" will be miserable as they were in the soviet union, and in their misery they will blame everyone but their own foolishness.
This is a *very* important read, not that Hanson ever does anything trivial. And it points out what many of us have been saying for a long time. It is the MORAL issues that are at stake. The problems in our nation and in our society are not, at heart, addressable by tinkering with marginal tax rates and budget deals. The cries by the so-called ´fiscal conservatives´ do not, and never can, overcome the rot in the nation´s soul, and in the souls of all too many citizens. Squabbling over who gets first served in a ´bread and circuses´ society is less important than ending such expectations in the first place. Who can imagine George Washington watching ´Real Housewives´ and buying his lunch with an EBT card? This ought to be a ´must read´.
VDH´s historical analysis in this piece is oversimplified in some instances (I´m sure he knows that) and possibly off-base in others. But his central point is valid. Prosperity and military dominance breeds sloth and entitlement. This has helped take down every great empire throughout history.
A cross atop Mount Soledad in California is an unconstitutional religious display on government land and must come down, a federal judge in San Diego ruled late Thursday. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ordered the cross, which honors veterans, must be removed within 90 days -- a decision that could result in the case being sent back to the U.S. Supreme Court. Burns immediately stayed his order pending an expected appeal. The original lawsuit was filed in 2006 by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the Jewish Veterans of the United States of American and several other Southern
A 55-year-old man who was charged last month in the strangulation of a World War II veteran died Thursday afternoon while in custody at Cook County Jail on the city´s West Side, officials said. Matthew Stoeckein, 55, was pronounced dead at 1:55 p.m. at the jail located at 26th Street and California Boulevard, according to the Cook County medical examiner´s office. Preliminary information indicated Stocklein was found hanging in his Division 10 cell. Stocklein´s cellmate, who works as a cleaner at the jail was not in his cell when Stocklein was found, according to a spokeswoman for the sheriff´s office. The
Republicans are more optimistic than Democrats about the 2014 midterm elections, according to a new Pew Research poll. Fifty-five percent of Republicans polled think the GOP will do better than it has in recent elections. Thirty-three percent think it will do about the same, and only 5 percent believe it will do worse. Democrats polled were less optimistic. Just 43 percent say the party will do better than it has in recent elections. Another 43 percent believe it will do about the same, and 9 percent believe it will do worse. Republicans are also more enthusiastic about the midterms than Democrats.
Jay Carney, former reporter and current White House press secretary, feuded with the press corps today over the strictures the administration has put on access to the president — most notably for photographers and video-journalists. (NOTE: The Washington Post has signed a letter along with a number of other news organizations protesting the White House’s policy.) Since the debate was primarily about photographers’ chance (or lack thereof) to document the president’s days, we thought it made sense to tell the story of “Jay vs. the media” in pictures. Seven of them to be exact. (If still pictures aren’t enough for
I’d like to interrupt your current cable news broadcast about [insert Selfie-Gate, Santa Claus´ skin color, Handshake-Gate, or the War on Christmas™] to throw some cold water on everything: The Associated Press reports that missiles fired by a U.S. drone obliterated a convoy of vehicles heading to a wedding in Yemen, killing at least 13 people. As with most reports of these military strikes in Yemen, there are conflicting reports: The Associated Press reports 13 deaths and cites an unnamed Yemeni official who said there were suspected al Qaeda militants among the convoy; but Reuters, on the other hand, says
ESPN has changed its mind and has decided to allow a St. Louis Children’s Medical Center to air an ad referencing “the birth of Jesus” and “God’s healing message.” In an email to CNSNews.com, Josh Krulewitz, VP of ESPN Communications says, “We have again reviewed the ads submitted for the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center and have concluded that we will accept the original requested commercial.” “It will run in Saturday’s VCU at Northern Iowa basketball game on ESPNU. This decision is consistent with our practice of individual review of all ads under our commercial advocacy standards.”
WASHINGTON- President Obama will meet Friday with a group of newly elected mayors, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, for a discussion on job creation, a White House official said. The president plans to discuss federal-local partnerships that could spur growth, the official said. Obama has regularly tried to engage local officials on his largely stalled economic agenda. His plans for creating jobs by increasing spending on roads, bridges, ports and other projects have found little traction with Republicans in Washington. (Snip) The group includes mayors and mayors-elect, mostly Democrats, from a dozen
New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at
In August 2013 I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and I checked into the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee. Dr. Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended
The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to
Fox News host Megyn Kelly has made herself the center of a racial controversy by declaring that Jesus Christ and Santa Claus are white. On Wednesday night, Kelly was responding to an article by Slate writer Aisha Harris, who wrote an article entitled “ Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore .” The popular news host told viewers of “The Kelly File,” her hit FNC program, “When I saw this headline, I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it´s racist to have a white Santa.’ And by the way, for all you kids
Views of the tea party are at all-time lows in a new poll, as primary challenges to establishment Republicans continue to heat up Washington. Just 30 percent of Americans view the tea party favorably in a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, the movement’s lowest point since Gallup began polling about it during its rise in 2010. Also in a first, a majority of Americans had an unfavorable view of the tea party, at 51 percent. Similar numbers of respondents described themselves as proponents or opponents of the tea party: Twenty-two percent identified themselves as tea party supporters, while 24 percent said they
WASHINGTON – It’s not exactly a ringing endorsement of the budget deal.“Embrace the suck,” House minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi told fellow Democrats Thursday morning, a source told Politico.“We need to get this off the table so we can go forward,” she added. It’s a way of telling her colleagues the budget deal negotiated with Republicans is the best they can get. Democrats are fuming that the bipartisan budget deal doesn’t extend unemployment benefits for more than a million Americans. One of Pelosi’s top lieutenants, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, said Thursday it
Columnist Charles Krauthammer attacked new Obamacare rules unveiled by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a late Thursday conference call, saying the Obama administration is “approach[ing] banana republic lawlessness” by issuing the decrees. Krauthammer spoke with Fox News’ Bret Baier on a panel with Juan Williams and Judge Andrew Napolitano, as the three reacted to Sebelius’ new directives for insurance companies. “This is exactly a reaction to a deep understanding among Democrats that [Obamacare] is a train wreck,” he said. “And it’s a panic reaction. As the judge said, this is utterly lawless. This now approaches banana republic lawlessness.