I had originally planned on responding to another George Carlin “sketch”, if you can call it that, during this week’s Cam Reacts!, however, while researching some talking pints for another article, I came across a small YouTube video that laid out the comparison between the Roman Empire and the American Empire, or the US, if you will. It was an ok video, however, it had a lot of flaws in it, and I thought that, since it was shorter, I could at least show it to you and go over it. So, what are we waiting for? PS, if you’re a regular viewer, pay attention! This is going to come up later in another article.
Note: I will be linking to parts of the video as I bring up each point, so you can follow along if you want, or if you can’t access the video, you can read along, and I’ll try to help you understand the best I can.
(0:45) - After a surprisingly long intro sequence that takes up almost a third of the video (it’s not very long, as I said), the only thing that was really said so far is that both nations were great, and both are considered by most, to be great. Are you following? Then he said that Rome has fallen, and that the US is about to fall, and he follows it up with these points:
(0:48 – 1:30) – Declining morals and values, political corruption, unemployment, inflation, and military spending.
(1:45) – The presenter then makes a jab at the US, and says that the two situations are one in the same, with a cocky: “sound familiar?” He then lists these reasons:
(1:45 – 2:02) – Uncompromising politicians, economic disaster, military spending, and high unemployment.
The rest of the video goes on to say that we’re following in the same footsteps as Rome, and we will eventually be doomed to their same fate. Now, there are several inherent problems with this video, some of which will address later in a different article, but for now, I’ll tell you this much: we’re not going to fall anytime soon, and I’m not just saying that because I’m an American citizen, who has a great respect for my country. Without even researching, using general knowledge and the points brought up in this video, it should be pretty easy to tell that we’re not quite in the same boat as the Roman Empire, not yet anyways.
There are several factors that differ Rome’s past situation, from America’s modern situation, including:
Aside from all those major points, the information that is presented in the video is unclear and inconsistent, so I wouldn’t worry. According to the video itself, America isn’t even facing all the problems that Rome did, as some points from the “Rome’s Failures” category (0:48 – 1:30) do not show up in the “Americas Failure” category (1:45 – 2:02). Even of American government were to crash, and the army turned on us, it would still require declining morals and values to completely eradicate the culture here, and not to mention, we would not go without a fight. That’s not even accounting for our many allies, and our importance in the world, which would need to be carefully removed over the course of decades, as to damage the global economy.
Anyway, thanks for reading everyone! I think I made my point, but if you want to talk about anything I said, or make your own point to either help me out, or hurt mine, feel free to fire up a discussion below, and I’ll see you in a few days for an editorial, and tomorrow for another Cam Reacts.
Hey! Why not check out some more articles I did: The Future of VR, Trump vs. Clinton, When to be PC
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