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Quo Vadis, America?

Quo Vadis translates to the question: Where are you going?

It is also a 1951 film covering the ending of Nero’s Emperorship of Rome.

As I watched this film I couldn’t help but see parallels of first century Rome and modern America, mainly in the leadership that both share.

I have thought that President Obama was just a socialist tyrant but looking at his presidency through a Roman lens I wonder if he is not rather a raving lunatic who plays a metaphorical fiddle while America burns.

In Quo Vadis, Nero doesn’t think himself a lunatic.  Quite the contrary, Nero views himself as a artist and his vision is being hampered by the ignorant masses who do not appreciate his “gifts.”  He is falsely bolstered by the sycophants around him and no one dares utter words against him lest they be banished or killed.

Nero’s arrogance towards his people has him viewing them as a hindrance to his grand design.  So much so that in order to recreate Rome in his own image, going so far as to rename it Neropolis he decides to BURN it to the ground with the masses that don’t “get him” to be burned to death.

Of course at this point people FINALLY have had enough and begin to demand his head.  Rather than take ANY blame for his actions Nero simply gets a scapegoat, pumps it through the media of the day (street corner heralds) and blames his actions on Christians.  Why the Christians?  Because they wouldn’t kow tow to Nero and he viewed them as a threat.  Your basic, “kill two birds with one stone” move.  The masses begin to accept this and turn on the innocent Christians.

Yet even that reprieve for Nero is short lived as the Christians are martyred the Romans take a look at themselves and realize that it isn’t right.

Nero is then once again under siege in his palace and the movie ends with him with a knife to the chest.

If I removed that last sentence and changed the names I may as well have been writing about the Obama administration.

Benghazi?  The embassy burned and Americans died yet Obama tried to pass the blame on to a youtube video.

Obamacare is a complete and utter failure yet it’s not the programs fault…Obama blames the Tea Party.

A shooting happens in a gun free zone in a state with strict gun control…it’s not gun controls fault…Obama blames the NRA and gun owners.

A cattle rancher dares to stand up against the government stealing his land and cattle and Obama sends his lackey Reid in to call the man a terrorist.

As a result the youtube video guy gets arrested.  Tea Party and Conservative groups get Obama’s IRS attack dogs sicced on them.  Gun groups and owners are vilified and Obama attempts to turn the mob on them.  The cattle rancher no doubt has years of litigation in front of him as the government tries to bleed him dry.

The list can go on nigh ad infinitum but you get the point.

America burns and Obama plays golf.

Obama’s disdain for the American people is palpable and his arrogance in thinking he is so much greater than the common people is disgusting.

So the question I as to you…one that can be answered in part in November of this year, and again in 2016…Quo Vadis, America?

 

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  • The parallels between America’s Constitutional Republic and the Roman Republic are unquestionable, beginning with the Enlightenment founders who rejected the Biblical model for some of the Roman Empires.

    For what should be an eye-opening contrast between the late 1700 humanistic government of, by, and for the people compared to America’s original government of, by, and for God, see “375 Years Later: Constitution vs. Constitution” at http://www.constitutionmythbusters.org/375-years-later-constitution-vs-constitution/.

    • Finkster

      You do have some good points Ted. In all of the reading and studying I have done one thing that most are not aware of is the fact that true LIBERTY is the Spirit of GOD living within us. And I’m sure our Heritage, who were mostly of the Christian Faiths knew this. And the Republic our Ancestors formed with our Bill of Rights and our founding Constitution has been redefined by the Evil who seek Power and Wealth through Crony Politics. AND, by those who do not comprehend the Evil of the Progressive Liberal Agenda (Fabian Socialist). All the while they use the Webster definitions of Liberty as the reasons they don’t Comprehend the true Liberty from GOD.

      • Finkster, thank you for responding.

        Concerning the key founders’ religious beliefs, I think you’ll find Dr. Albert Mohler’s interview with Dr. Gregg Frazer at http://www.albertmohler.com/2012/09/10/what-did-americas-founders-really-believe-a-conversation-with-historian-gregg-frazer-transcript/ of interest. Dr. Frazer demonstrates from their own writings (without cherry picking them, as is usually done from both sides) that they were neither Deists in the purest sense of the word, nor were they Christians in the Biblical sense of the word. Dr. Frazer rightly dubbed them Theistic Rationalists.

        )Dr. Mohler is President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Frazer is Professor of History at the Master’s College in California.)

        After reading the interview and with a better understanding of where these men were coming from religiously, then ask yourself what kind of document such men with such beliefs would come up with.

        • BillFortenberry

          Actually, Ted. Frazer cherry picks quite liberally. Consider, for example, his claim that none of the key founders referred to Jesus as the Christ but only as Jesus or Jesus of Nazareth. Frazer has made this claim in several articles and speeches, and I eventually challenged him on it personally. At that time, he admitted to me that his claim was faulty, but then he has continued to make the same claim in subsequent speeches. I’ve now written an expose of Frazer’s claim in which I document all eight of his key founders recognizing Jesus as the Christ. You can read it on my website at: http://www.increasinglearning.com/gregg-frazer.html

  • Bob

    We are again in another TYPE of captivity today as back then – same people – more foreigners – there’s nothing new under the sun.

    He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.
    He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.
    I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the day.
    He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes.
    Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when יהוה commandeth it not?
    Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to יהוה.
    Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.
    Render unto them a recompence, O יהוה, according to the work of their hands.

  • Skepticles

    Actually, after reading the article, I want to take time to THANK Barack Obama. Yes, I said to thank him. Our wonderful republic has been so overall successful in insulating the American people from real political turmoil, that the “Pax Americana” became taken for granted as perennial. All the ups and downs of national interests would have easily been so much worse had not the Republics’ solid foundation been more shakey. But with his agenda driven compromises and outright denials to the ideals of this country, the collective socialist,. Barack Obama, has awakened the sense of liability regarding political catastrophy that some used to think, “…could never happen here”.
    Well, it sure can! And with new inspirational outcomes from Obama’s oval office monkey wrenching, the fetile ground for conservative ideas such as,”the best government is least government, if any at all”, is no longer an uphill proposition. Obama has made conservative philosophy a slam dunk for anyone using half their brains. But whether or not we as a nation are saddled with crippling spendoholic foreign held debt, an unsustainable welfare state of unproductive people, a threatening federal police state, or an UNaffordable federal healthcare system, we need never take seriously social collectivism ever again. It is a catagorically failed system. It took blind trust in a charismatic political loser like Barack Obama to make it unavoidably clear.
    Of course, pending a miraculous save from these impending disasters by an ungridlocked goverment, civil war seems very likley. So get your act together folks, or expect to get ‘acted upon’.
    And thank you Barack Obama.

  • Saltporkdoc

    AND the emperor has no clothes!

  • Kevin Schultz

    It’s starting to become clear. It couldn’t happen when it came to a nuclear conflict is becoming less a given. The current administration is running afoul and contradictory to the wishes of the powerful party of this nation, and soon we may have to act. Civil unrest will weaken the country, and the Russians, Chinese, North Koreans and Cubans will relish in this weakness and act more boldly on their global aspirations. The middle eastern countries will expand their holy land grab without intervention of the so called world powers, as they are participating in a volatile global positioning scenario. Israel will get squeezed and they will react with “extreme force”, as will be their only chance of survival without allies capable of presenting deterrent force. The result will be a man made extinction event. When I was in the Army, we were trained that if a bright blast appeared, we were to immediately jump to the ground in the opposite direction of the blast. We were also told that when jumping to the ground to jump on top of our weapon, to keep it from being melted by the blast. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A LIMITED NUCLEAR CONFLICT!!

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