With the implementation of the Bush Doctrine, the United States is fast becoming the still more hostile Americans, whose arrogance the world cannot hope to avoid, not even by submission and servitude. We would plunder the world, stripping naked the land in our hunger, we loot even the oceans: we are driven by greed, if the enemy be rich; by ambition, if poor; neither the wealth of the east nor the west can satisfy us: we are the only people who behold wealth and indigence with equal passion to dominate. We ravage, we slaughter, we seize by false pretenses, and all of this we hail as the spread of freedom and democracy. And when in our wake nothing remains but a desert, we shall call that peace. Apologies to Cornelius Tacitus, De Vita Gnæi Julii Agricolæ cap. xxx (98 CE) in the Loeb Library ed., vol. 35, p. 80 (S.H. transl.).
Our relentless media cajole and agitate us to act against our best interests. Our career politicians are bought and sold like so many commodities. Our military complex is fed our wealth in an insatiable hunger for power. And so we forsake our infrastructure, our resources, our health and even our children.
Ask yourself: Why are we the only nation to garrison troops all over the world? Why do we ignore our domestic problems in the name of security and military superiority? Why has true patriotism been threatened by the emergence of blind nationalism? Why does theocracy and despotism threaten our constitution?
Without immediate change to a new path toward energy independence, a new diplomacy to foster mutual respect with misunderstood ethnicities and religions, a retreat from imperialistic military positioning and threats of war, and a renewed investment in our aging and failing domestic imperatives, the United States of America, my country that I love, I fear, has begun its waning years.
The undivided Roman Empire lasted 503 years (27 BCE to 395 CE). But the Roman Emperor Severus’ death marked the end of Pax Romana in 235 CE and the beginning of the end of the western empire. The last 240 years were marked by great civil upheaval, political instability and frequent invasion. The rise and fall of the republic lasted roughly the same number of years. Have we already concluded the days of the Pax Americana now? Can we change course? Do you want to?
Oct 23 2008 - 3:59pm