a reply to: WilburnRoach
I love this post!
Recently I have been noticing the parallels between the issues of our current republic and Rome's ancient one. America's founding fathers (and
mothers) were fans of Cato the younger, Brutus, Cassius, and so on. They admired those who held onto their republic, but the thing is is that the
founding fathers also understood what caused the Roman republic to fall in the first place.
1. Obstructionism - the two party (or, faction) system (consisting of the Optimates (rich folk) and Populares (rich folk who pandered to the poor))
couldn't get along for the life of them. Both sides were incredibly partisan and couldn't come to any meaningful agreement for the betterment of the
Roman people. Why was that?
2. Lobbyism - They couldn't get along, because their private interests kept them from being able to budge. It wasn't because they were so passionate
about a certain issue for the betterment of the people. It had more to do with not wanting to offend the patricians who filled their coffers and
propped up their authority.
3. Arrogance, Corruption, and Complacency - None of them thought the gravy train was going to end. They thought that they could continue making
questionable political maneuvers, compromising their values, and exploiting the ignorant for their gain. Their economy was collapsing while their
borders were rapidly expanding. Little wars were sprouting up everywhere. The people were being alienated while becoming more and more aware of the
incompetent and impotent leadership.
Who steps into this turmoil? When the republic was collapsing, who came in and promised to restore the republic on the "only" ten year tyranny plan?
The man was Julius Caesar. The senate, outraged at the thought of going back to an "Etruscan King", promptly assassinated him. The assassination only
made things worse for the republic, as history shows.
Now, you might wonder what does this crazy post have to do with Trump. I believe the rise of Trump is an indicator of things to come. Back in the
thirties when Huey Long (a populist who was a very complex man with questionable methods) was running and was assassinated, FDR ended up winning the
presidency. I know he may not be very popular what with the Fed reserve and all, but FDR really walked the tightrope in keeping this country from
becoming a totalitarian state. He was an excellent leader in many ways. I can't fathom how he was able to navigate this country from the Great
Depression and then go straight into the worst war known to humankind, while still keeping a guy like Stalin happy. I really don't.. I mean, you don't
see that kind of leadership anymore. I even also read how DuPont and JP Morgan allegedly attempted a military coup with disgruntled veterans in the
thirties (Business Plot. Maj Gen Butler ended up exposing the whole thing). Ahem.
The issue with Trump is that he could end up being a Huey Long with a large platform that is if he gets his news channel at the end of this election
year. The alt-right isn't going away, and it could very well increase if Hillary Clinton doesn't get much accomplished during her tenure. And let's
face it, she may hit roadblock after roadblock with the republicans. Her improprieties aren't going away any time soon. The spotlight will be on her
like no other. I think Pelosi said that the GOP couldn't wait to stonewall her. Here's the thing. Hillary is stuck between a rock and a hard place. If
she wants to get anything done, it may have to be done through a red colored lens. If she sticks by her guns, then nothing may end up accomplished.
And the thing with Trump and his possible news empire, it could make things even worse.
This leads me to the possibility that we might get a Frankenstein's monster politician with Trump/Huey Long populist rhetoric with John F. Kennedy's
charisma, and Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord's diplomacy skills. Basically, another Julius Caesar if our economy declines even further. This
may not happen if we get another leader of FDR's caliber, but at this point, who really knows what lies in the future. But I will say, it is eerily
scary how this republic is making the same mistakes as ancient Rome's.