Very insightful post that should makes us all stop and think about how close we are to repeating ancient history. I'm working to improve my knowledge of the rise and fall of Rome and the writings of great philosophers. I look forward to reading more of your work.

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Great article. My distrust for politicians stems from my feelings about people who have access to power, and how most people would use it for their own self interests. You made great points by highlighting historical references that support that.

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The question pertinent to our American instance of societal decline is “HOW has democracy here been allowed to expand ‘unconstrained,’ such that it was ever able to undermine the ‘Republic itself’ and erode the ‘checks and balances’ that were ‘put in place to…prevent the slide into despotism?’”

I argue that the mechanism used to steer our Republic off its original course provides us all the clues we need to discover how designing men pulled it off, and, once we discover HOW they pulled it off, we can wholly regain our lost direction, outside the election process.

Because nothing these scoundrels have ever done, has actually ever changed anything (that matters). We may throw off their false rule, outside the election process, because our Republic prevents federal servants from ever changing their allowed powers that they may everywhere in the Union directly exercise.

Our first clue involves the “federalism” that “DIVIDES power between the federal government and state governments,” which by all accounts was thrown off kilter long ago, heavily swayed towards the former, at the expense of the latter where our Founders had centered it.

And, those who steered the federal government off its original course for immense personal gain merely exploited the exclusive legislation power for the District Seat, where all governing powers were UNITED in Congress.

In other words, our intentional slide into Democracy to undermine our Republic necessarily centers upon the unconstrained consolidation of power allowed Congress for the District of Columbia.

We merely face allowed special powers, expanded beyond allowable boundaries.

We have Alexander Hamilton—who was the biggest proponent of centralized powers—to thank for devising the devious means for clever scoundrels to get indirectly over time, that which he sought to directly give them at the 1787 Constitutional Convention, but didn’t get.

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