Words of Idealists

"Imagine... free Vermont"-Thomas Naylor
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."-Mohandas Gandhi
"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is theRight of the People to alter or to abolish it"-Decleration of Independence
The Powers not delegated to the United States bt the Constitution, nor prohibited to it by the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or the people. - United States Constitution
Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.-Mohandas Gandhi

Monday, December 5, 2011

Chapter 1 Imperial Overstretch

     What is imperial overstretch? It is the thing that brought every empire to its knees. It is when a country is to big to control. Politically, culturally, or militarily. The Greeks fell when their ships ceased to sail and markets didn't flood with foreign goods from far away lands. Alexander the Great's empire fell when he failed to set up a management system once he died. Rome greatest empire of all time, fell when there armies no longer marched. When the emperors choose wealth and power over the well being of there people. All empires fall, why shouldn't we? The modern empire, where greed and corruption run rampant. We stand high in mighty, we watch and often do nothing as the descends into fire. When we actually do anything it is for greed, To fill the pockets of those who abuse their power in the name of greed. When did America become and empire?
    My guess 1898, that date is the year that the Spanish-American war began and ended. As it lasted but three months most experts dismiss it as nothing, insignificant, but I believe different. That war marked the first time America had ever launched an aggressive war. They lied, plain and simple. The American government, after the sinking of the USS Maine, accused the Spanish government in Cuba, of sabotage. The said that the Spanish had planted bombs on the ship and caused the death of 16 American soldiers. Even then few believed that the Spaniards had actually done this. No one objected though. We waged a imperial war in search of territory. That is the beginning of the fall of America.
    In the modern day we still fight imperial wars. Little has changed since then, only thing is now instead of land we want oil. We invade and seize power of countries so we can secure dwindling supplies of petroleum.
    When our armies can no longer contain the growing resentment towards us, and they turn to citizens that is when America will fall. America is sinking, and Vermont is the road to the lifeboats.

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