Posted by (+2556) 5 years ago
The following is a letter to the editor that is to be published tomorrow morning in The Billings Gazette. I thought I'd post it here to get the bashing started early...
Spanish poet and philosopher George Santayana said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." With that in mind, I can't help but think how The United States is becoming like the Roman Empire.
The money is flowing to the top. Like Ancient Rome, the power is becoming concentrated among rich businessmen. Rome didn't become an empire without slaves. How do we create a slave class in the United States? First we take away their right to form groups to protect their interests (break unions). We give them the "right to work" for less. Second, we break public education by underfunding it. Then, we move to privatize it, so that as private entities, we can teach what we want to teach, which may not be the truth (anti-science). When people are uneducated, it often leads to desperate life circumstances.
When people are desperate, what do they do? All too often, they turn to drugs. The failed American drug war ensures a steady supply of slave bodies for privately run prisons. Forty-five percent of the U.S. prison population is serving time for non-violent drug offenses, with the taxpayers footing the bill for all of it. As long as there is a demand, there will always be a supply. Many choose to join the military. This ensures a steady supply of bodies to the military industrial complex. Like Rome, we seem to be in a perpetual state of war.
Although some say they want small government and want the government out of our private lives, it must be big enough to control a woman's uterus. Like Rome, we are trying to have breeder slaves (CI-108).
The Roman Empire eventually crumbled. Contributing to this was the fact that they let their vast infrastructure, which made the empire glorious, fall to disrepair. Sound familiar? Please don't let The United States become like the Roman Empire. Vote accordingly.