When in America don’t do as the Romans did
I have a number of grandchildren attending college and they have been sending me papers they have written in High School and college which I save in individual binders. One by my granddaughterAngela written in High School, is under politics in my blog. She is now attending Columbia University in NY.
I ask them questions as am interested in their opinions. They have received much better educations in High School and College than I did; with the same teachers now being degraded by politicians and the media.
I recently asked my grandson, Jason, a junior at NYU to compare our government with that of Rome and received the following response.
“As far as Romans are concerned, I believe our political system is made to replicate theirs. Romans had a house of commons (House of Representatives) which no one cared about and had little political influence in actual decision making, but allowed the people to think they did.They had a Senate which was the actual power house who made most of the decisions. ….Their system was very similar to ours and even more interesting was the class system they had and how it impacted political election. In order to even contend for office you had to be a member of the Equestrian Class. You had to have at least 100,000 denari which was considered quite a bit of money in those days. Once you became a Senator you had to acquire 250,000 denari to remain a senator….Really not all that different from America, if you think about it. —
The definition of a Republic is not a democratic state; In fact Republic is more synonymous with the Roman Republic when it comes to its definition, which basically means the upper 5% of the wealthy retain power.”
This was only a synopsis of his answer to my query. He felt the downfall of the Romans was their imperialist expansion. They were spread so thin they eventually had to recruit foreign soldiers to help them; quite similar to the number of countries that the United States has a presence in is staggering. According the U.S. Department of State’s list of “Independent States in the World,” there are 192 countries in the world, all of which, except Bhutan, Cuba, Iran, and North Korea, have diplomatic relations with the United States. All of these countries except one (Vatican City) are members of the United Nations. According to the Department of Defense publication, “Active Duty Military Personnel Strengths by Regional Area and by Country,” the United States has troops in 135 countries.
I will not comment on this information so the readers can make ther own interpretation.