The Bread and Circuses Phase of the American Empire
By Todd Strandberg
The decline and fall of the Roman Empire has been well documented by many observers of history. Will Luden in “Bread and Circuses for the Masses – Not Just Ancient Rome” describes the Roman government policy as “Emperors, in the later stages of the Empire, used both free bread (and other food) and free entertainment to placate the larger number of people who were otherwise poorly served by their government.”
The Oxford Reference provides the following definition:
“A term referring to the potential of spectator sports and mass spectacle to divert populations or factions of a population away from the weightier business of politics and society.”
The Democrats are currently in a bidding war over who can offer the American people the most goodies in exchange for their vote. It is bread and circuses on a scale that would stump the imagination of the Roman leaders.
Last week, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders presented a plan that would wipe $1.6 trillion in student debt, and offer Fund-Free State College. The massive student-debt jubilee would be financed with a tax on Wall Street: specifically, a 0.5% tax on stock trades, a 0.1% tax on bond trades and a .005% tax on derivatives trades.
The primary problem with this plan is that it would cause the cost of higher education to explode. If Uncle Sam is going to pick up the check, you might as well go to medical school. Colleges would be able to raise the cost of education at will. The average cost of tuition and fees for the 2018–2019 school year was $35,676 at private colleges. Under Bernie’s plan, the cost would easily double in a few years.
Most Democratic presidential candidates support a growing plan to offer reparations for slavery. If we lived in a world of unlimited wealth, there is no amount of money that could satisfy these race hustlers. The price of freedom was paid with the lives of 500,000 people. The H.R. 40 bill would, according to its summary heading, “establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and a proposal for reparations” for the descendants of African American slaves.
A House Judiciary subcommittee held a hearing two weeks ago on the issue of slavery reparations. The Sponsors of this bill seem to think that we are living in 1865. Columnist Coleman Hughes offered stunning testimony against reparations:
“I understand that reparations are about what people are owed, regardless of how well they’re doing. But the people who were owed for slavery are no longer here, and we’re not entitled to collect on their debts. Reparations, by definition, are only given to victims. So the moment you give me reparations, you’ve made me into a victim without my consent. Not just that: you’ve made one-third of black Americans — who consistently poll against reparations — into victims without their consent, and black Americans have fought too long for the right to define themselves to be spoken for in such a condescending manner.
“The question is not what America owes me by virtue of my ancestry; the question is what all Americans owe each other by virtue of being citizens of the same nation. And the obligation of citizenship is not transactional. It’s not contingent on ancestry, it never expires, and it can’t be paid off. For all these reasons, bill H.R. 40 is a moral and political mistake. Thank you.”
Presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren jumped on the reparations bandwagon with her own crazy idea. She came out in favor of legislation that has been equated to “gay reparations.” Under the Refund Equality Act, same-sex couples would be able to amend their past taxes, readjusting with jointly-filed tax returns and accepting refunds from the IRS. “Our government owes them more than $50M for the years our discriminatory tax code left them out. We must right these wrongs,” said Warren.
Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has the most straightforward plan. He just wants to hand out cash to everyone who needs it. Yang promotes universal basic income – a modern welfare scheme through which citizens are granted income from the government, without condition. Yang is hosting a Twitter contest whereby he will give away $1,000 per month to 20 lucky people.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is too young to run for the White House, but she holds the record for the most expensive proposal. Her patently insane Green New Deal resolution would cost up to $93 trillion over 10 years, according to the American Action Forum. AOC was all for Sanders’ $1.6 trillion plan. She is currently on track to be our first quadrillion-dollar congressperson.
It is stunning to hear Democrats proposing plans that would bankrupt our nation. I think their insanity is merely a precursor of a coming salesman that will put them all to shame. The Antichrist will be the king of Bread and Circuses ideas. He will use signs and wonders to sell people schemes that will ensure eternal damnation.
“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie” (2 Thes 2:9 NIV).
“And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name” (Rev 14:11 KJV).