The American Republic is probably dead. This prognosis comes from the understanding that we are often doomed to repeat the mistakes of history. If you look at the parallels of recent American events with events in Rome around the time of Julius Caesar and following the similarities are stunning. If the Democrats succeeded in ousting President Trump, 2021 could even turn out to be the American year of the four emperors similar to Rome’s in 69AD. (Note 1)
American politics are no longer about electing selfless men and women dedicated to doing the people’s work for the common welfare. It has devolved into a civil war between wealthy, powerful, political dynasties for supremacy. It’s a war between the houses of Bush, Clinton, Obama, Biden, and the upstarts, who must be crushed at any cost, the Trumps.
Consider these similarities with Rome.
In 49BC, Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon with his legions in violation of Roman law and tradition. In 2021, President Trump supposedly incited his supporters to storm the US Capital to influence Congress’s Presidential election certification. The difference here is that Caesar acted deliberately. The accusation against Trump is pure political theater.
The American Republic is probably dead.
In 44BC, a group of Roman Senators stabbed Julius Caesar to death at a Senate meeting. In 2021, Nancy Pelosi and the US House rushed to impeach President Trump for the second time, supposedly for starting, what they called, an insurrection. The impeachment is a symbolic assassination. It is probably fortunate that the President didn’t visit the Capital. More than a handful of Congressional Democrats and a few Republicans are willing to wield a shiv in defense of their power. Et tu, Liz Cheney.
In Rome, populism was power. Emperors and rival factions vied for the support of the masses with give-aways, usually bread and entertainment. In 2021, the give-away is coming in the form of multi-trillion dollar “Covid relief” packages, forgiven student loans, and guaranteed incomes. The American norm now is to bribe voters with their own money.
Just as civil wars and conflict raged between the Julii, the Scipii, and the Brutii in Rome’s days, there is a dynastic battle brewing for the American Republic’s control. The Trump Dynasty has been beaten back for now, but it is the strongest in potential direct family succession. It is also the biggest threat to the status quo and power of the other dynasties.
A corrupt dotard heads House Biden with a drug-addled reprobate for an heir. House Biden is an offshoot of the Clinton Dynasty. Sort of like when Don Corleone allowed Clemenza and Tessio to start their own families. Kamala Harris is the adopted heir, but this dynasty effectively ends with Joe.
House Clinton is a two-headed monster. It features a former President with a reputation for sexual harassment and assault and a bitter, power grubbing former Secretary of State who has never come to terms with losing to Donald Trump in 2016. With Hillary’s loss and Chelsea the Dull for an heir, this family is left with using surrogates to maintain its influence.
House Bush had a good run and may do so again. Their hopes were dashed when George IIs brother Jeb turned out to be a nonentity in the 2016 Republican primary races. Bush family roots run deep, and they have many relatives, allies, and surrogates, so don’t count them out. One wonders if the Bush camp did not orchestrate the unrelenting attacks on House Trump to keep control of the GOP.
Finally, you have the House Obama. It may not even be a thing. It has minimal potential for dynastic control. Obama was a weak, poor leader whose legacy was systematically dismantled by the Trump administration. He was more of a place holder for Hillary of the House Clinton, then the founder of a new dynasty.
Those are the contestants. Regular Americans should stay out of it and let the rich and powerful fight it out and hopefully destroy each other. Instead of backing these pampered, privileged clowns, Americans should start looking for leaders who are courageous enough to keep the collateral damage from these dynastic wars from spilling over and destroying the country.
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Note 1 — In 69 AD Rome had four emperors — Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and Vespasian. If the Democrats succeeding in removing Trump before the inauguration, 2021 would have been Trump, Pense, Biden, and potentially Harris, given Biden’s physical and mental health.