There was once a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish...it was so fragile. And I fear that it will not survive the winter.
Marcus Aurelius (Gladiator)
Rome died long before it's kingdom ultimately collapsed.
The very virtue of Roman unchanging stoicism became Rome’s undoing. For without change a catastrophe was inevitable. Yet adaptable as the Roman mind was to matters of warfare, it was resistant to any sudden change in political rule.
So, as the Roman elite did, what it was bred to do, as they competed ruthlessly with one another for the highest positions and honors, they unwittingly tore apart the very structure they were sworn to protect.
America's elected officials have been sworn to represent the people's interests, putting the interests of the people above the interests of the lobby and themselves. The culture of pleasure, entertainment, and passivity has replaced the former hard working, responsible, and dedicated generation that formed this great country. As a result only those interest's in which is most immediately gratifying takes place.
A long term energy plan?
-Rather, a yearly vote on a renewable energy credit to give politicians the ability to say they support American made energy.
A long term fix on Social Security?
-Rather, a yearly re-allocation of these funds to that of pet project's in the politicians home town.
A long term solution to a health care system that spends 40 percent more as a percentage of GDP than the next highest-spending country?
-Rather, empty promises and 200,000 deaths by hospital error every year.
Like Rome, America's culture and the leaders they reflect has already died, replacing the necessities of the future for the urgency of the now. The collapse of America's economic superiority is only a collapse of the facade that has concealed to the world what a bystander already knows. Power has corrupted, morality and personal responsibility have been abandoned, and leadership no addresses problems but window dresses them.
For more information on the Collapse of the Roman Empire check out The Early Republic