Empires Rise and Empires Fall


Most of us, even those of us who are the products of America’s collapsed public education system have heard of the fall of Rome. The greatest of ancient western empires began to fall as soon as the vigorous Republic which had created it was replaced by an autocratic military
dictatorship. A dictatorship which hid behind a veneer of republican forms while devolving into a cult of personality around whichever thug happened to have murdered his way to the throne. For centuries this once vibrant nation of freemen sank beneath the weight of regulations, taxes, inflation, and tyranny. For centuries after their power had been usurped by the ever more absolute Emperors there was still a Senate, there were still elections, and there were still courts charged with safeguarding the Republic.


Freedom was extinguished, and the yeoman farmers who had supported the Republic and filled its armies became first tenant farmers. Then they morphed into an unemployed rabble choking the streets of an imperial capital living on government bread and entertained by government circuses. The armies of the Empire were not filled by native Romans they were filled with provincials who were granted the coveted status of citizen for serving. When the expanding decay of the central dictatorship undermined the vitality of the provinces and the culture of helpless subjects swallowed the pride of citizenship, Germans and other barbarians were imported to fill the armies. By the time Rome fell it was no longer Rome. The capital had moved to Constantinople in the East and Ravenna in the West.


The barbarians had long ago supplanted the native Romans and their provincials as the generals and power brokers in the West. In the East the Greeks had taken control of the military and the culture even though they still called themselves Romans.


In 476 AD when
Rome officially fell
in the West it didn’t fall as much as it was replaced. There were no massive charges of barbarians against
fortified walls on the Rhine or the Danube. Those walls had been manned by barbarians for many years. Instead when the king of the Visigoths, Odacar who was already a Roman general, grew tired of the charade he pushed aside Romulus Augustulus the effete boy emperor taking control of the Western Empire.


When Odacar refused to pay taxes to the remaining Roman Emperor in Constantinople he resorted to a tried and true Roman strategy. He hired a barbarian to do the dirty work. Thus Theodoric of the Ostrogoths stabbed Odacar of the Visigoths passing power from one barbarian nation to another. Once in possession of Rome Theodoric saw no need to hand that prize over to a distant Greek who called himself a Roman but had no power in Rome. When Theodoric declared himself the King of Italy we mark it as the fall of Rome though the Greeks continued to call their empire Roman for another thousand years. It seems T. S. Elliot was correct, at least as far as the Roman world was concerned, it ended not with a bang but a whimper.


Looking closer to home the British Empire came out of World War One as the largest empire in the history of the world. It stretched around the globe controlling thirteen million square miles and 460 million people covering ¼ of the earth’s surface leading the proud imperialists to boast that “The sun never set on the British Empire.” They were such dedicated conquerors that the Indians had a saying, “Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun.” Nothing would stop them from pushing forward to victory.


However twin victories in Europe’s World War suicide dance combined with a welfare state and the confiscatory taxes it always brings brought Britain to its knees forcing them to voluntarily renounce their empire. They transformed it into a Commonwealth of Nations with member nations still upholding the fiction of British authority. However, the amount of real power the Queen or the British Parliament holds in Canada or Australia gives voice to the fall of the empire even if they want to pretend it is still there.


In Rome on the Potomac Boehner’s Plan B becomes Obama’s plan to tax you and me. After all the huff and buff of a con man’s bait and switch it turns out Washington doesn’t have a spending problem . No, the problem is we aren’t sending them enough money. Never fear, elections have consequences and since the ignored corruption of fraudulent voters and whacky voting machines has given Mr. Obama an uncontested victory, he and his Progressive Vandals win, and we American Romans lose. Our new national motto might as well be “Stand and Deliver.”


The Barbarians have been inside the gates for a long time. The Kennedy Immigration Bill of 1965 breached the walls and the Progressive indoctrination camps we call public schools combined with an entitlement culture to turn generations of Americans into know-nothing couch potatoes waiting for a government check.


Our worldwide military posts are necessary for the policeman of the world. Our mounting debt fuels our endless wars for peace and our ever expanding welfare state. All of which brings us to the crushing taxes and the regulation strangulation that guts our economy of innovation and
productivity. The givers shove the producers out of the way as they waddle to the trough for some more free lunch. Our leaders are
perpetually re-elected demagogues pandering to the lowest common-denominator of the takers. They are Santa Clauses giving away vote buying presents paid for by the unwilling and given to the undeserving.


Like Rome this empire won’t fall it will collapse. Like Britain we will pretend that the empire exists long after we know the emperor has no clothes.


Our only hope as a nation is to jettison the Empire to save the Republic. On a personal level we must lead our families in a restoration of the work ethic and a return to moral sanity. Either we individually spark a revival of what made us great or we sink into the hole dug by moral rot and the decay of ambition.


Empires rise and empires fall; however, though a thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Because you have made the Lord the Most High, your dwelling place. No evil shall befall you for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. Trust Jesus, open up before God, and keep nothing back. He’ll do whatever needs to be done. He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with approval at high noon.

Keep the faith, keep the peace, we shall overcome.

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  • Greg137

    Interesting, the Roman Imperial government also was known to be replaced by the Roman governors who had become feudal lords.... They eventually broke up the Empire, and many lords moved up north into Europe where they re-established new kingdoms in new lands... Europe entered the dark ages which lasted for more than a few centuries... Muslims moved into Europe and then they were driven back by a coalition of feudel states, but they had more advanced technology by then... Mohammed the II the conquerer of Contantinople used petards as a base for many of his troops which were used like suicide troops... In Fact, the petard was what they based their modern day jihadist suicide bombers on... Most nations never really exposed their petards to open combat(they were used as gun powder deliverymen) , but Islamists did use them in combat, but it never worked in the long run...
    Medival Archers became accustomed to lighting their arrows with fire, so as to ignite the petard(thus being hoisted by their own petard), and the strategy was very effective... The muslims couldn't hold on to Europe and were driven back... the Crusades was an effort by the nations of Europe to destroy the muslim nations, but they had failed that goal, but they did gain success by crippling the muslim forces, thus keeping them from advancing on europe again(at least until the 19th or 20th century or around that time)...

  • Meathead

    Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Boehner, etc. who are under the false impression
    that they 'rule over us' may not like the results of a social
    collapse. When the checks bounce and the takers riot, loot and burn,
    the elite believe that they will escape into a "safe place" they have
    provided for themselves. While their "safe place" may withstand a
    nuclear blast, it will not withstand the slow, continuous digging and
    explosions as the masses attempt to gain access. That's, of course, if
    they live long enough to reach their "safe place".

    Keep your firearms oiled and ready for action. Firearms only have two enemies -
    rust and politicians. As for me and mine, we will remain armed
    regardless what ridiculous laws the knuckleheads in DC throw at us. Any
    attempt to physically disarm the citizenry could well result in a civil war II.

  • Wolf-Talker1

    The REPUBLIC IS DEAD LONG LIVE THE REPUBLIC!

  • Dan Handyside

    And the main reason and only these empires fell is because they walk away from GOD and did not live by GODS moral rules, and that is what is happening to the US today. We are going as Isreal did when they a bless nation of GOD walk away from that Very GOD that blessed them and protected them as we have done .Started in 1964 when we took GOD out of our Schools. Read the book the Harbingers it will open your eyes.

  • Seymour Kleerley

    A major cause of the fall of The Roman Empire was it's imperial over expansion. Similarly America's blunder into Iraq which led to the stalemate in Afganistan, have also bled our country dry. Our moral, pride trust, and treasure have been severely depleted.

  • tom

    I have heard about the collapse of America for so long and there is so much evidence we are heading in that direction sometimes I just wished it would happen, let's get it over with. I feel like I have been in suspense for so long waiting, watching that I am losing interest. I mean the checks keep coming out to those on welfare, the debt keeps going up, the spending keeps going out of sight, money is printed, unfunded mandates are looming. I'm feed up with being on a knife's edge of anticipation. Either fix it or collapse it.

    • http://theawakenednation.ning.com/profile/KevinMKeener Snowman8wa

      "Shatt or get off the pot!" I wholeheartedly agree.....Chicken Little syndrome; enough already, as I say "Choose which hill you're willing to die on General Custer!"
      Preserve the Cornerstone of the Republic, REMOVE the infestation and REVIVE what works...........
      Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis

  • http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    Robert Owens: "Our only hope as a nation is to jettison the Empire to save the Republic."

    In trying to save the Republic, Christians have all but lost the kingdom. Our only hope as a nation is to jettison the humanistic Republic of, by, and for the people and restore America's 17th-century kingdom of, by, and for Yahweh.

    The following is from McGuffey’s Eclectic Reader, America’s most popular school book in the 1800s regarding America’s 1600's form of theocratic government:

    "Their form of government was as strictly theocratical insomuch that it would be difficult to say where there was any civil authority among them distinct from ecclesiastical jurisdiction. Whenever a few of them settled a town, they immediately gathered themselves into a church; and their elders were magistrates, and their code of laws was the Pentateuch…. God was their King; and they regarded him as truly and literally so…." (William Holmes McGuffey, McGuffey’s Sixth Eclectic Reader (New York, NY: American Book Company, 1879) p. 225.)

    Find out why the Constitution is our cutting-edge issue, see blog article "5 Reasons the Constitution is Today's Cutting-Edge Issue" at http://www.constitutionmythbusters.org/sample-post/.

  • retiredmillwright

    There is much truth in what you write Dr. Owens. Our cities are full of barbarians who live off of government handouts, created by the progressives for votes. Run out of money and take these hand outs away and they will go wild burning the cities. These progressives also want to take the citizens, who still care about this country guns away so they will be helpless when the barbarians run through our streets. A dictatorships looms on the horizon I fear and what you say rings true.

  • fliteking

    We are falling fast . . . this has been the intent of the Progressives for many years . . . and their peons the liberals happily follow along without a clue as to what is coming.

    • http://www.facebook.com/RobertAlexander.Salvage Robert Alexander

      FREEFALL without parachute over the middle of the ocean - good news is we have 1000 pound weights to our ancles just in case when we land in the water that 1 in a billions of odds we survive the crash then nature takes its due course. May all the wicked be cleansed from the face of this earth soon.

    • fliteking

      Agreed,

      " May all the wicked be cleansed from the face of this earth soon."

      Strongly agree.