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The Fall Of The Roman, I mean American Empire

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I was born and raised in New York City, but now live in Florida. After losing my mortgage business at age 57, I found the courage to reinvent myself, now at age 64, I enjoy being An Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Trainer and Author, as well as having a series of videos on YouTube called Over 50 And Broke and a web-site with the same name, All my books are listed on Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Chris+vaca


  1. The Republicans and Democrats actually are one in the same.

    They appear to be enemies in order to divide and conqur as they know Americans love sports teams so they use that mentality against us.

    In reality the two parties go to a bar or elite club somewhere drinking and slapping each other on the back laughing at what a good job they did at fooling us into beating the fucking brains out of each other for a large surplus of personal cash.

    President Clinton also sold our secrets to China and he was going to be impeached but all the people that were to represent him were mysteriously killed or vanished.

  2. this was very helpful for me! thanks so much

  3. So many holes in this argument:

    1) The Roman senate had always been corrupt throughout its history. Civil wars and betrayals were the norm. By the time the Empire “fell” the Senate was very weak anyway

    2) You’re right in that a divided empire left the Western half easier to conquer, but this was done under Diocletian, not Constantine

    3) The economy definitely was an issue and the agricultural West was much poorer than the East, but the Western Empire only became unable to supply itself after the Vandals took over Africa

    4) Debased Currency was a huge issue, but this had been resolved by the 300s and didn’t contribute much to the collapse

    5) High Taxes were a huge problem. No argument there. Taxes were much lower in the various successor states

    6)Diversity was one of the best attributes of the Roman Empire. The absorption of new ideas and culture helped keep the Empire strong. There was a strong sense of “roman pride” and the Germanic peoples outside the empire wanted to consider themselves “Roman”. This diversity never hurt the empire, in fact several non-Italians in succession helped save the empire in the fourth century (Diocletian, Constantine, Theodosius, Valentinian)

    • Joe, I get my history from history books, and diversity was a big factor, show me a conquered people that did not resent being conquered.Resentment for Rome grew as the empire grew.

    • Except now they want to give illegal immigrants drivers licenses and to be a citizen without going thru the process.

      The multiculturalism today takes away American pride of our hard working abilities to survive any kind of disaster.

      We cannot make ANYTHING anymore as the government scared businesses away to slave labor countries.

      Heck even Japan outsourced their jobs which THAT is a scary sign as Japan has a huge pride in craftsmanship.

      In fact until recently when they become more Americanized the leader of a Japaneese business would do a suicide ritual if they failed.

  4. Good column. I would disagree with you, or nitpick a bit. Obama is spending wildly, but, so did W. with a republican Congress. The biggest problem in DC, as you’ve noted, is corruption. The main symptom of which, is nativism. Those aholes have been there so long they actually think they are our masters. We’ve allowed it to continue, almost to the point of being defacto slaves. We’ve come to merit the moral bankruptcy of DC because it’s a reflection of our society in general. Until we become a moral and virtuous people again, our Constitution will not suit us, and until then, we have need of masters.

    • I agree Billiam, Bush was a spender, but look what bush spent in 8 years and what Obama spent in 3 years. No comparison.

      • Actually The Senate under Bush was half Liberal and he was likely told what to say and do.

        Same thing with Obama. None of these Presidents have the backbone to just say NO to rotten backdoor deals.

        These Presidents may make a surge of personal money for a short time but eventually all good things without a stabilized presence comes to a dramatic end.

        Remember the Gold Rush fever in the 1800s where towns sprang up over night where one town would have 6 churches and 10 bars?

        Then as soon as the gold rush ended these towns became nothing but ruins.

        I’ve seen one town called Sloat in California that was a major hub for Plumas County.

        It never works in Gambling so what makes the government think backdoor deals work now.

        Most likely whoever threatens them has more bark then bite.

  5. Chris, another great article, you have a great way of looking at the world and a way with words. I read you book last week, it’s great. Your humorous overtones and your lack of political correctness is right on, you tell it like it is. It also doesn’t hurt that I agree with 99% of your observations. Good job

  6. BRAVO, BRAVO…! Well stated and right on point Chris. I will like to share this with others if you don’t mind. BRAVO once again.

    • Hi Bronx, I am glad you enjoyed the article, share it with all. Let me know what you think about my other articles as well.