by Jeremiah Johnson
“…for two weeks the mob had been rioting uncontrolled in the streets…The economy of the greatest empire that the world had ever seen was coming apart like an unraveling sweater…the cost of maintaining…gigantic armed forces…was bleeding the nation white and in addition there were the heavy subsidies that had to be paid to the…nations dependent…for support. The impoverished government had neither the funds nor the power to stop the riots.”
Readers, are we close to such a point? It happened, for the excerpt above was taken from the book, Those About to Die, by Daniel P. Mannix, written in 1958, and the nation was the Roman Empire. There are many similarities between the decline and fall of Rome and the decline of the United States of America, standing upon the threshold of its fall.
As you well know, the economy is stretched to its breaking point, and the American Empire has over-extended itself, much in the manner of the now-defunct Roman Empire. As with Rome, the United States has experienced a severe influx of illegal aliens, encouraging “immigration” by individuals who (most of them) come to the U.S. not to contribute, but to consume, or even worse: to “conquer,” as a fifth-column. The conquest (especially for illegal aliens crossing the border illegally from Central and South America) is actually seen as such: a “retaking” of Aztlan, alleged land in the U.S. these aliens claim historically as their own, the whole “process” called La Reconquista, or “the re-conquest.”
The Roman Empire had done this, in a manner:
“Throughout its history, [the Roman Empire] had taken in outsiders: a constant stream of individuals looking to make their fortune…supplemented by large-scale migrations.”
(The Fall of the Roman Empire, by Peter Heather, p. 159)
“Multiculturalism” as is very evident in Europe (the latest being Norway, paying non-Norwegian individuals up to $9,800 to pack up and leave) is currently tearing the countries of Europe apart. France, Germany, Sweden, and Britain, among others. Individuals that do not speak the native language maintain their cultures of origin without assimilating, and they end up on the public dole.
Here in the U.S. this is a direct extension of Cloward-Piven, to be able to reduce the populace to one that is completely dependent upon the government for all support. Ancient Rome had the daily bread dole and heavy subsidies for Roman workers who could not compete with the cheaper goods from foreign labor and imports.
And our fiat monetary system is about to collapse. Dave Hodges recently put out an article entitled Key Bankers Told Bank Holiday is Near-Read This Before Taking Money Out of the Bank, and this article reveals that the bankers are preparing for “widespread banking failure.” Such preparations have included “dry runs” in conjunction with FEMA and DHS. The bankers held a secret meeting in Albuquerque, NM, where the participants signed non-disclosure statements. In a manner right out of Solzhenitsyn’s “Gulag Archipelago I,” if these bankers violate them and leak information, all of their property will be confiscated and they will proceed directly to Fort Leavenworth, KS for a 25-year sentence at hard labor.
In the manner of Ancient Rome, corruption is rampant in the economy and in all sectors of governmental leadership to enable such a thing to transpire. A report is in circulation that even precious metals vendors are worse than the banks themselves: for every 325 ounces “sold” on paper, the report has it, only 1 physical ounce is in the possession of the company “selling” the gold. This is paralleled by our own crooked Federal Reserve System.
A few years ago, Sheila Bair (then CEO of the FDIC) revealed that depositors were insured up to $50 billion dollars. Ms. Bair neglected to mention that bank accounts totaled $1 trillion in deposits. Fractional reserve banking allowed these financial institutions to lend out $5 for every $1 taken in. A casino is more honest: they actually have the money to pay you, and you’re actually allowed to cash in your chips without a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) being filed.
For those of you waiting for acknowledgement of it, yes, all of this ties in with the globalist oligarchs intentionally collapsing the system to be able to enable the downfall of the U.S. and the transformation into a global government with them at the head. Interesting to watch is the situation developing in Ukraine, where the Ukrainian military has agreed to take part in NATO exercises in Poland as a member nation.
It is a fact that the current Ukrainian government is a puppet, created by the U.S. State Department and the Administration by the U.S.-sponsored coup d’état and the ousting of Yanukovych. None of this could have been accomplished by the U.S. without the support and go-ahead of the IMF and the banking oligarchs from the Western nations. We will see what this will cause, as this is a direct provocation to Russia, who has declared that it will not allow a NATO takeover of Ukraine, from a military or economic perspective.
Domestically the secret meetings and backroom deals between the major “too big to fail” (but not too big to fleece the U.S. taxpayer to bail out) financial institutions clearly points to an event on the horizon where they intend to directly or indirectly collapse the financial system. The criminal Federal Reserve has raised interest rates, as the phony employment numbers and faked recovery statistics are glowingly embellished and parroted by the mainstream media whose lips kiss every proffered part of the administration, the masters of the press.
Pure common sense dictates that our economy, as with Ancient Rome’s, is coming apart at the seams, sped along by those whose only interests are of power and the promulgation of power. To summarize, I utilize the aforementioned work of Mr. Peter Heather, with his closing words:
“By virtue of its unbounded aggression, Roman imperialism was ultimately responsible for its own destruction.”
The United States has followed in this way: its officials are corrupt, and the population is morally defunct and self-serving in the majority. A new time of the Dark Ages is upon us, and the saddest thing of all is that we have brought it upon ourselves. By complacency, or by direct actions, each of us has brought it upon ourselves. May God help all of us, and our country to not go the entire path of Ancient Rome.
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson is also a Gunsmith, a Certified Master Herbalist, a Montana Master Food Preserver, and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape). He lives in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with his wife and three cats. You can follow Jeremiah’s regular writings at SHTFplan.com.