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The Decline of America
National Review, by Victor Davis Hanson

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Posted By:JoniTx, 2/14/2013 3:59:18 AM

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

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/14/2013 4:29:31 AM     (No. 9175396)

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.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Melody, 2/14/2013 5:15:32 AM     (No. 9175410)

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.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Shucky, 2/14/2013 5:29:21 AM     (No. 9175413)

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.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 2/14/2013 6:36:39 AM     (No. 9175443)

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´.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/14/2013 7:25:28 AM     (No. 9175498)

VDH seems a little down.

As a great student of history, he sees the writing on the wall.

The cancer of the leftist levelers appears unstoppable.

I pray for a great patriotic surge from the right and from all those who would help deliver the blessings of liberty to our grandchildren.

Will it be ballots or bullets ?

We are seeing the evil manipulation of both.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: VAfreedomluver, 2/14/2013 1:32:35 PM     (No. 9176354)

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.

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