Our country is traversing a dangerous course in history. In his book, "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire," author/historian, Edward Gibbons, states Rome's failure was caused primarily by a loss of "civic virtue among citizens," "abuse of power," and "the rapid rise of Christianity."
Similarly, historian, H. S. Gill, attributes Rome's fall to decadent lifestyles, monetary troubles, military problems and the distracting influence of a new religion.
Other scholars believed there were three basic reasons for Rome's ultimate demise:
1. A social cause. Decline in nationalism and moral values, disenfranchised citizens and a diversion of interest from the state to a developing religion, Christianity.
2. Economics. Unemployment, urban decay, decline in work ethic and balance of trade, burden of military and welfare costs.
3. Political. Government corruption, complexities ruling a rapidly expanded empire and dominating influence of the wealthy and military.
Sound familiar? The U.S. faces many of these same problems today. Even the influence of "a developing religion" today may be viewed by many as the rapid growth and ramifications of Islam.
But it need not be doom and gloom. Our country's leaders must recognize these dangerous patterns now and address them in a bipartisan way.
We all must be vigilant and vocal, insisting that Congress and the administration work cooperatively to correct these negative trends while seeking congressional term limits and minimizing earmarks and special interest group influence.
A lifestyle reflecting integrity at all levels, starting with each of us, wouldn't hurt either.