Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Voices Of Rome

Do you remember the Roman Empire?  Well, I don't mean personally, but you have heard of it, right?.  Those were the guys that ruled almost the entire world and then the whole thing collapsed, went away, disappeared, kaput.  Well, when the empire started going down, there was this politician by the name of Marcus Tullius Cirero.  He tried to warn his fellow Romans of the impending doom, but they wouldn't listen.  Here's an excerpt from one of his speeches to the Roman Senate back, oh about 55 BC.

 “The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome becomes bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance”. 

Why do I keep getting these feelings of deja vu all over again?

Inspired by Lieutenant Colonel Allen B. West (US Army, Retired)

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