Doesent this sound just like our nation today? Its kind of amazing that this was written about an ancient empire that existed over thousands of years ago, and the article itself was written over 300 years ago....
The Fall of a Nation
Historian Edward Gibbons'(1737-1794) five reasons for the decline and fall of Rome
1. The undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis of human society.
2. Higher and higher taxes; the spending of public money for free bread and circuses for the populace.
3. The mad craze for pleasure; sports becoming every year more exciting, more brutal, more immoral.
4. The building of great armaments when the great enemy was within; the decay of individual responsibility.
5. The decay of religion, fading into a mere form, losing touch with life, losing power to guide the people.
-From The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
* Pray for America: we have fallen into the same category as all of the other nations that have sinned against God and collapsed because of it...