Roman Empire and Glenn Beck Republicans
One frequent claim made by American Right is that the Roman Empire fell apart because of its "decadence." Like most claims of American Right this one is wrong, and it is time that more people see that.
The Roman Empire was sacked 200 years after it became a Christian nation. If decadence played a role in Rome's decline, it must have come from Christianity. As for the actual decline of Roman Empire, it, like all of the world's failures, was a result of stupidity.
In 20 AD, a Roman inventor named Hero of Alexandria invented a steam engine. The Romans thought that the slave labor was cheap and abundant, and that there were no uses for the invention. If they had not made the disastrously stupid decision to fail to implement the steam engine, they would have industrialized 1800 years early, produced military machines that would have made mincemeat of any invading army, abolished the institution of slavery that was the true moral outrage of the Roman Empire and the true source of hatred against it, and the world would be speaking Latin to this day.
There are many people in America - allied with those who attribute Rome's decline to "decadence" - who want America to make today similarly disastrously stupid decisions that Romans had done in early 1st century AD. These people want to force continued reliance on destructive, polluting, inefficient technologies such as oil and coal, at the expense of progress in creation of high-intelligence high-technology high-benefit abundant clean energy. They want to poison the world, and then they want to blame the resulting disasters upon "humanity" - meaning of course the liberal influence that has known about the problem all along and has tried to do meaningful things about it only to be consistently thwarted by Republican conmen. They want to destroy the world, and then they want to claim that what follows is God's punishment and Armageddon. These people, who want to inflict on their children a toxic hell and thorough ignorance, and upon their country an economical and environmental disaster, then claim that they have family values, common sense and American patriotism and that you do not. And pursuant these claims they want to force you to be them and to follow their totalitarian party line even as they continue to ridiculously accuse Obama of Communism or totalitarianism or Hitlerism and as they continue to muddle people's minds with lunatic claims of a Satanic New World Order conspiracy which includes of course everyone except themselves.
These people are claiming that they want to save America; but it is from them that America truly requires saving. These neo-McCarthyite thugs pose vast danger not only to America but to humanity itself. As George Orwell wrote, "Freedom means freedom to say that 2+2=4. All else follows." The Glenn Beck Republicans want to force you to say that 2+2=5 and to kill you if you disagree.