August 16, 2003
The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

The rise of a colony, which swelled into an Empire, may deserve, as a singular prodigy, the reflection of a philosophic mind. But the decline of America was the natural and inevitable effect of immoderate greatness. Prosperity ripened the principle of decay; the causes of destruction multiplied with the extent of conquest; and, as soon as time or accident had removed the artificial supports, the stupendous fabric yielded to the pressure of its own weight.
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The story of its ruin is simple and obvious; and, instead of inquiring why the American empire was destroyed, we should rather be surprised that it had subsisted so long. The victorious Marines, who, in distant wars, acquired the vices of strangers and mercenaries, first oppressed the freedom of the republic, and afterwards violated the majesty of the ballot.

The presidents, anxious for their personal safety and the public peace, were reduced to the base expedient of corrupting the discipline which rendered them alike formidable to the people and to the enemy; the vigor of the liberal democracy was relaxed, and finally dissolved, by the partial institutions of Ashcroft and Bush; and the United States was overwhelmed by a deluge of pseudo-theocratic fascism.

From The Decline and Fall of the American Empire 2026 Thomas P. Stubbs with Apologies to Gibbon who is now dead and unlikely to feel much pain.

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