Tiberius, Caligula And The Future Of The American Republic

Lately, I find myself pondering the implications of the lives of two, first-century Roman emperors, Tiberius and Caligula, for America’s future.  Historians have categorized the former as depraved and soulless for his legendary abuse of power by sexually exploiting women and men, girls and boys, both citizens and slaves.  With regard to the latter, they have judged him insane for declaring himself a god and for appointing his horse to the Roman Senate.

In light of the breathtakingly-shameless behavior of elected officials and public servants in our federal government’s legislative, judicial and executive branches during the past half-century or so, the reigns of Tiberius and Caligula no longer seem as aberrant, immoral and irrational.  Rather, their excesses are illustrative of what ALWAYS happens when mere mortals are permitted to wield unconstrained power for prolonged periods over the lives of others.  Previously-unimaginable monstrosities have a way of becoming the norm under these circumstances.

If what little remains of our original American republic is to avoid Rome’s dark fate, we the people must metaphorically purge the morally-corrupt elite comprising our wannabe ruling class in Washington, D.C.  Only in doing so can we ensure America’s survival for future generations as–in the words of Ronald Reagan–“a nation that has a government, not the other way around” (ref. http://www.newguardsforliberty.com).

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