At least, that was my thought for some time... but then I remembered something from an article on the fall of the Roman Empire. And one of the key points from both that article and Bill Whittle’s videos on the cycles of civilizations was that the average Roman was ready to fight and die to protect Rome while the “silk robed sons of bitches” plotted to open the gates for the barbarians to come through.
Even then, however, had Rome maintained its full moral strength and commitment from its people from its heyday, I suspect Rome could have driven them back. But by that time not only had the leaders given up, but the average Roman had become so disillusioned with the corruption – ethical, moral, spiritual, and financial – riddling it from top down, they shrugged and said WHY BOTHER? And so Rome dissolved into fighting factions, and chaos reigned.
Today we see the corruption – ethical, moral, spiritual, and financial – in the fetid swamp of Washington, DC (the irony of that city being named after one of the absolute best of us is physically painful to me), but also in most state capitals (and even further down – I was just listening to a local talk show discussing the state police milking the public)… and it feels like a lot of people are starting to think WHY BOTHER? Another case is this one; on a purely local level, but so utterly incompetent that it boggles the mind: ILLEGAL ALIEN UBER DRIVER RAPED HIS PASSENGER, FLED BACK TO AFRICA. Ask yourself if the just-above example doesn’t represent a huge attack on the credibility of the entire court system; whether deliberate or just stupid, would you really trust this judge again? On anything? And if nothing happens to this judge, just how high and wide would that distrust propagate?