This path has been trod­den be­fore

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

In pe­rus­ing the fall edi­tion of “The Canon”, a pub­li­ca­tion of the In­ter­col­le­giate Stud­ies In­sti­tute, I ran across the fol­low­ing. . .

“Ed­ward Gib­bon, the English his­to­rian and au­thor of

The De­cline and Fall of the Ro­man Em­pire,

wrote why Ro­man civ­i­liza­tion withered and died:

The sanc­tity of the home was un­der­mined.

Higher and higher taxes; the spending of pub­lic money for free bread and cir­cuses for the pop­u­lace.

The mad craze for plea­sure; sports be­com­ing ev­ery year more ex­cit­ing, more bru­tal, more im­moral.

The build­ing of ar­ma­ments when the real en­emy was within . . . the de­cay of in­di­vid­ual re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The de­cline of re­li­gion, faith fad­ing into mere form, los­ing touch with life, los­ing the power to guide peo­ple.”

Any sim­i­lar­ity be­tween the an­cient Ro­man Em­pire and our coun­try to­day must be purely co­in­ci­den­tal. D.R. Lind­strom Ocala, Florida

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