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Rome broke apart citizen by citizen; the empire became unstable because the people made selfish decisions. A familiar pattern is occurring in the United States.

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Thuy-Khue Tran Mrs. Marcuccillo 2 June 2008 History A Word of Warning: Are We the Next Rome? "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"- George Santayana. The past should be valued, not forgotten. Yesterday's experiences affect our decisions today in order to make way for a brighter future. The application of history has shaped numerous successful countries. But only one country rises to the top. The United States stands as the dominant world power. We are the most wealthy and influential nation. However, it is impossible to keep the leading position without examining the great powers before us. Rome was once the greatest empire in the world; its empire was vast and rich. Nonetheless, in all its glory and grandeur, Rome inevitably came to an end. A decline in morals and values, political corruption, excessive military spending, and inflation led to the downfall of the Roman era. Sure enough, the United States is quickly following in the exact foot steps of the Roman Empire. _ In ancient Rome, civilian's morals and values diminished; hence Rome became unstable when the people ceased to care about the good of the empire. Citizens participated in pugnacious and bellicose gladiatorial games. Everyone attended the battles, from the poverty stricken to the emperor (Grout 4). Most often, prisoners of war or criminals were forced to engage in brutal combat, while onlookers cursed and swore from the stands. Three out of five gladiators did not live to see their twentieth birthday (Grout 4). ...read more.

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Consequently, Rome was left in shatters. Each leader had hidden agendas that ruined Rome's grandiosity. After, the treasury was depleted and the government demoted to a weak and insecure state. Without a strong leader a empire will never be united. The only way a country can succeed is to have salutary guidance from the head of state. _ The United States credits our past capital leaders for prosperity. Although, American history has previously been marred by scores of noxious politicians. A multitude of politicians were actively involved in the Watergate scandal included president Nixon. He was responsible for a series of scandals from 1971 to 1972 (Farnsworth 1). The illegal activities included burglary, campaign fraud, briberies, illicit tax audits, and political sabotage. Laws were created to sustain society and government, yet the people who instituted them became hypocrites by breaking the rules that they put in place. Some felonious conduct only ignites controversy in the country, but other misconducts can jeopardize the safety of the whole. Ronald Regan endangered the fate of the United States with the Iran-Contra ordeal. He ordered the National Security Council to sell pernicious weapons to Iran during the ongoing war between Iran and Iraq (Imbornoni 2). First, it violated the trade and arms embargo. Moreover, it undermined the Reagan administration's policy not to negotiate with terrorists (Vicent 3). President Regan deceived the people by supporting the Contras while the rest of the country was neutral to the conflict. ...read more.

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Inflation made Rome susceptible to even worse forms of government. _ The United States is no stranger to inflation. Anyone who has recently pumped gas at any station can adequately support this fact. The prices of basic necessities are rapidly increasing in this country. The average price for a gallon of gasoline has reached an all time high at four dollars a gallon. A barrel of gas rose to 120 dollars from 50 dollars over the course of 4 years (Hub 4). Many citizens can barely fill up to go to work or take their children to school. Inflation has gotten to the point where people can no longer afford to sufficiently supply their family. Even rice has become a expensive commodity. Once one of the cheapest groceries on the market, it has more than double in price over the course of a week. Inflation is drastically affecting the lives of the people. _ Currently, America is a far cry from Rome's static society, but there are many parallels between the two. Like Rome, the United States is a vast muticultural state with many worries about its empire. Declines in morals and values, political corruption, excessive military spending, and inflation are all threats that are no longer standing at bay. The combination of these factors proved to be a fatal concoction which led to the fall of Rome. The United States seems to be on a very similar path. However, one key difference between Rome and the United States is that we are able to change the outcome of our future by learning from past mistakes. ...read more.

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