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U.S. could become another Roman empire

While Democrats, Republicans and Ron Paul supporters give their two cents on “how to fix America,” no one, from mayors, to governors, congressmen and President Obama, seems to be addressing the macroscopic root of the problem: A significant portion of those who serve us in public office are elected because of their wealth, which translates into power, which results in leaders who are not the most fit to lead the greatest nation in history, nor our individual states. The phenomenon of Super PACs not only exemplifies, but will amplify this trend. Unfit leaders make popular decisions in hopes of re-election, but preach they will make tough choices, which actually need to be made.

There are no short fixes for eliminating our debt, stimulating the economy or dealing with immigration.

The Roman Republic fell for the same reason. While a few politicians, such as Cicero, wanted to preserve Roman power by doing things the correct way, others, such as Julius Caesar and Pompey, chose short-term glory and self-empowerment, resulting in the fall of the Roman Republic.

Notably, the blame also falls on the American voters (and non-voters) who empower our leaders. Read, research, and think — no one should be naive for Fox News or CNN.

Jani Vujica

Iowa City

 

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