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An Open Letter to US Senators Inhofe and Coburn. What Are You Prepared To Do?
by JD Nutt, IG Web-Editor - Report last updated on July 31st, 2010 - Oklahoma City, OK. 
How Ancient Rome and the USA Parallel each other...
Their are many parallels that can be drawn from history, however the downfall of Ancient Rome is surprisingly similar to the failing of the USA as we know it today. What will replace the present government after the demise of the American Republic? Will history also answer this question? The following are a few reasons why the Republic of Ancient Rome failed, and why we ask the Senators of Oklahoma, "What Are You Prepared To Do"?
One Reason why the Roman Empire fell - Unemployment of the Working Classes (The Plebs)
Cheap slave labor in turn resulted in the unemployment of the people of Rome who became dependent on hand-outs from the state. The Romans attempted a policy of unrestricted trade but this led to working class Romans being unable to compete with foreign trade. The government were therefore forced to subsidize the working class Romans to make up the differences in prices. This resulted in thousands of Romans choosing just to live on the subsides sacrificing their standard of living with an idle life of ease. The massive divide between the rich and the poor increased still further. 
The parallel: Illegal aliens in the USA are the slave labor, Americans unemployed are dependent on unemployment compensation from the government. Unrestricted trade parallel's to NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement).

One Reason why the Roman Empire fell - Failing Economy

The Government was constantly threatened by bankruptcy. The cost of defending the Empire, the failing economics, heavy taxation and high inflation was another reason why the Roman Empire fell. The majority of the inhabitants of the Roman Empire failed to share in the incredible prosperity of Rome. The flow of gold to the orient to pay for luxury goods led to a shortage of gold to put in Roman coins. Roman currency was devalued to such an extent that a system of bartering returned to one of the greatest civilizations the world had ever known.
The parallel: The flow of gold parallel is the treasury notes held by China and other nations. The American Government and it's treasury is in the survival mode. The CBO (Congressional Budget Office) released a report that "a tipping point was yet to be seen" for the American economy. According to the CBO's latest projections, the debt could rise above 90 per cent of GDP by 2020 and reach 146 per cent by 2030 and 344 per cent by 2050. The CBO projects net interest payments rising from 9 per cent of revenue to 20 per cent in 2020, 36 per cent in 2030, 58 per cent in 2040 and 85 per cent in 2050. Half of the federal debt is in the public hands of foreign creditors.
One Reason why the Roman Empire fell - Constant Wars and Heavy Military Spending
Constant warfare required heavy military spending. The Roman army became over-stretched. The barbarians, who had been conquered, and other foreign mercenaries were allowed to join the Roman army.
The parallel: US Forces are over-extended and war in the mid east seems to have no end in sight. Mexicans are allowed to join our military in exchange for citizenship. Muslims in the military turn on their fellow soldiers. Remember Fort Hood?  
One Reason why the Roman Empire fell - Political Corruption and the Praetorian Guard
The  power of the Praetorian Guard, the elite bodyguards of the emperor, led to political corruption and grew to such an extent that this massive troop of soldiers decided on whether an emperor should be disposed of and who should become the new emperor! The story of Sejanus, who was the commander of the Praetorian Guard during the reign of Tiberius, illustrates the extent of their power. At one point the Praetorian Guard sold at auction the throne of the world to the highest bidder.
The parallel: Greed among our political representatives, Greed among the lobbyists, Greed among corporations to influence government. Simply put, greed and power controls our government and our representatives.
One Reason why the Roman Empire fell - Decline in Morals
A decline in morals, especially in the rich upper classes and the emperors, had a devastating impact on the Romans. Immoral and promiscuous sexual behavior including adultery and orgies. Emperors such as Tiberius kept groups of young boys for his pleasure, incest by Nero who also had a male slave castrated so he could take him as his wife, Elagabalus who forces a Vestal Virgin into marriage, Commodus with his harems of concubines who enraged Romans by sitting in the theatre dressed in a woman's garments. The decline in morals also effected the lower classes and slaves. Religious festivals such as Saturnalia and Bacchanalia where sacrifices, ribald songs, lewd acts and sexual promiscuity were practiced. Bestiality and other lewd and sexually explicit acts were exhibited in the Coliseum arena to amuse the mob. Brothels and forced prostitution flourished. Widespread gambling on the chariot races and gladiatorial combats. Massive consumption of alcohol. The sadistic cruelty towards both man and beasts in the arena.
The parallel: Decline in morals parallel the USA since the "free love" of the sixties. Drug and alcohol abuse thru out our society. Homosexuality and other crimes against nature is now becoming part of the norm. Casinos cover the bible-belt of our nation.
Many other parallels can be drawn from the ancient Roman Republic, however it must be noted; The American Republic has been lost. Let us look forward to control the coming change. To the US Senators of Oklahoma, Inhofe and Coburn, the Independent Gazette and the citizens of Oklahoma ask; What are you prepared to do? Will you lead? Will you be a follower? Perhaps you'll not do anything. The citizens await.

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Report Reference(s):

http://www.roman-colosseum.info/
http://www.cbo.gov/
http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactsenatorcoburn?p=ContactForm
http://inhofe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=contact.contactform

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