We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"I am a born-free, American woman – wife, mother and citizen – and I’m telling MY government that you have forgotten your place."
It's not that they have "forgotten.".
" The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.”
Alexander Fraser Tytler
I usually just simplify things and say, "we're in the fourth turning".
According to the authors, the Fourth Turning is a Crisis. This is an era in which institutional life is destroyed and rebuilt in response to a perceived threat to the nation’s survival. Civic authority revives, cultural expression redirects towards community purpose, and people begin to locate themselves as members of a larger group.
Rome was a greater military power than we ever were, but when free bread and circuses became more important to the people than hard work and patriotism, Rome was invaded and looted by the tougher Vandals.
there may be more simplistic idiotic explanations of why the western Roman empire collapsed, but I can't think of any off hand.
if the conservative movement is carried by platitudes like this, we're doomed.
The Poetry of Violence
"there may be more simplistic idiotic explanations of why the western Roman empire collapsed, but I can't think of any off hand."
Oh dear, yes.
From those first huts on the Tiber to the final Ottoman siege of Constantinople, Rome lasted nearly 22 centuries in one manifestation or another.
As for those "tougher Vandals", in the Sixth Century the (East) Romans came back with a vengeance and wiped their kingdom in North Africa off the map.
Let me know when any modern political entity does as well.