Rome Fell, Paul, Reagan, and Benson Warn We May Too

 The video embedded here has the prophetic words of Ron Paul at the end, for he has proven prophetic in forecasting what is ahead.  He wouldn’t profess to be a prophet, nor should he be considered one, exactly, for it is common sense to the student of history and correct economics to decipher what happens to empires, and America today is an empire, no longer a republic.

In a time when people are losing their pensions, houses, jobs, and wealth, government continues to vastly expand and increases spending dramatically.  As Trend Forecaster, Gerald Celente, has been saying for years, as the people are force to live within their means and tighten their belts,  the government will continue to expand, extracting taxes, fees, other plunder, rendering no respite nor relief upon the citizenry as they are crushed by the overwhelming burden, just as Rome’s middle class too was crushed, as quoted momentarily.

Government, nor the elite corporations which have hijacked it, will allow a curtailment of  spending, but rather they are given vast bailouts in scheme after scheme, it matters not if it be in the Bush or Obama administrations, the agenda continues unabated.  Government doesn’t tighten its belt, but the citizens upon which it parasitically feeds must do so.   Now, the citizenry will be shackled with ever burdensome taxes from which there is no relief.

Is it not prophetic that Gordon B. Hinckley said the Book of Mormon is as “current as the morning newspaper?” and then backed up his statement by saying:

The people succumbed to the wiles of ambitious and scheming leaders who oppressed them with burdensome taxes, who lulled them with hollow promises, who countenanced and even encouraged loose and lascivious living. These evil schemers led the people into terrible wars that resulted in the death of millions and the final and total extinction of two great civilizations in two different eras.” (Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Testimony Vibrant and True,” Ensign, Aug. 2005, 3)(Emphasis added.)

Gordon B. Hinckley in February, 1997 said:

What a dismal station we have reached in this nation where we have borrowed and spent and failed to repay. At the close of 1994, every man, woman, and child in the United States owed as his or her part of the national debt $17,805.64. Think of it. It is a disgrace. It affects all of our monetary policies and all of our commerce. It burdens us with taxes from which there is little or no relief.” (Gordon B. Hinckley, “These Noble Pioneers,” Fireside at BYU, Feb. 2, 1997.)

Elder Ezra Taft Benson in a general conference of the Church shared this powerfully compelling sampling of another Empire that fell, the Roman Empire. He likened that Empire and it’s fall to our time—even before our “empirical” expansion of recent years and preemptive, abomonable wars. Think of how powerful are these warnings of historians, cited by a prophet of God as warning to us in America as we shrink into destruction.

As a free people, we are following very closely in many respects the pattern which led to the downfall of the great Roman Empire. A group of well-known historians has summarized those conditions leading to the downfall of Rome in these words:

… Rome had known a pioneer beginning not unlike our own pioneer heritage, and then entered into two centuries of greatness, reaching its pinnacle in the second of those centuries, going into the decline and collapse in the third. Yet, the sins of decay were becoming apparent in the latter years of that second century.

It is written that there were vast increases in the number of the idle rich, and the idle poor. The latter (the idle poor) were put on a permanent dole, a welfare system not unlike our own. As this system became permanent, the recipients of public largesse (welfare) increased in number. They organized into a political block with sizable power. They were not hesitant about making their demands known. Nor was the government hesitant about agreeing to their demands … and with ever-increasing frequency. Would-be emperors catered to them. The great, solid middle class—Rome’s strength then as ours is today—was taxed more and more to support a bureaucracy that kept growing larger, and even more powerful. Surtaxes were imposed upon incomes to meet emergencies. The government engaged in deficit spending. The denarius, a silver coin similar to our half dollar, began to lose its silvery hue. It took on a copper color as the government reduced the silver content.

Even then, Gresham’s law was at work, because the real silver coin soon disappeared. It went into hiding.

Military service was an obligation highly honored by the Romans. Indeed, a foreigner could win Roman citizenship simply by volunteering for service in the legions of Rome. But, with increasing affluence and opulence, the young men of Rome began avoiding this service, finding excuses to remain in the soft and sordid life of the city. They took to using cosmetics and wearing feminine-like hairdo’s and garments, until it became difficult, the historians tell us, to tell the sexes apart.

Among the teachers and scholars was a group called the Cynics whose number let their hair and beards grow, and who wore slovenly clothes, and professed indifference to worldly goods as they heaped scorn on what they called ‘middle class values.’

The morals declined. It became unsafe to walk in the countryside or the city streets. Rioting was commonplace and sometimes whole sections of towns and cities were burned.

And, all the time, the twin diseases of confiscatory taxation and creeping inflation were waiting to deliver the death blow.

Then finally, all these forces overcame the energy and ambition of the middle class.

Rome fell.

We are now approaching the end of our second century.” (Address by Governor Ronald Reagan of California at Eisenhower College, New York, 1969.)

In 1787 Edward Gibbon completed his noble work The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Here is the way he accounted for the fall:

1. The undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis of human society.

2. Higher and higher taxes and the spending of public monies for free bread and circuses for the populace.

3. The mad craze for pleasure, sports becoming every year more and more exciting and brutal.

4. The building of gigantic armaments when the real enemy was within the decadence of the people.

5. The decay of religion—faith fading into mere form, losing touch with life, and becoming impotent to warn and guide the people.

Is there a parallel for us in America today? Could the same reasons that destroyed Rome destroy America and possibly other countries of the free world?

For eight years in Washington I had this prayerful statement on my desk: “O God, give us men with a mandate higher than the ballot box.”

The lessons of history, many of them very sobering, ought to be turned to during this hour of our great achievements, because during the hour of our success is our greatest danger. Even during the hour of our great prosperity, a nation may sow the seeds of its own destruction. History reveals that rarely is a great civilization conquered from without unless it has weakened or destroyed itself within.

The lessons of history stand as guideposts to help us safely chart the course for the future. (Ezra Taft Benson, “‘Watchman, Warn the Wicked’,” Ensign, Jul 1973, 38)

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