(InfoWars.Com) - When Rome began her empire, Rome’s currency consisted of gold and silver coinage. Rome was well organized with efficient institutions and the ability to supply troops in the field so that campaigns could continue indefinitely, a monopoly in the world of Rome’s time.THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The fictional narrative above is from the Alex Jones website InfoWars.Com. It's a good read, but in my opinion it's a bit too dramatic. It nevertheless recognizes some key historical trends currently unfolding. I don't think things will get quite as dramatic as the narrative above suggests, but I do think the picture I included does represent a very realistic possibility of what North America MIGHT look like before the end of the decade.
When hubris sent America in pursuit of overseas empire, the venture coincided with the offshoring of American manufacturing, industrial, and professional service jobs and the corresponding erosion of the government’s tax base, with the advent of massive budget and trade deficits, with the erosion of the fiat paper currency’s value, and with America’s dependence on foreign creditors and puppet rulers.
The Roman Empire lasted for centuries. The American one collapsed overnight.
Rome’s corruption became the strength of her enemies, and the Western Empire was overrun.
America’s collapse occurred when government ceased to represent the people and became the instrument of a private oligarchy. Decisions were made in behalf of short-term profits for the few at the expense of unmanageable liabilities for the many.
Overwhelmed by liabilities, the government collapsed.
Globalism had run its course. Life reformed on a local basis....
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I think InfoWars is probably accurate about the eventual demise of the United States, barring a 180 degree turn around of the American people, it is inevitable. Right now, America's best hope lies in the TEA Party movement, coupled with a nationwide grassroots religious push to bring morality back to America's public streets. The TEA Parties are underway, unfortunately, I haven't seen the religious push yet. Without it, the TEA Parties will fail. Mark my words, without a nationwide religious revival there is no political movement that can save this nation.
The dire predictions on InfoWars and the Alex Jones Show will likely become reality only in the large urban, and heavily populated, regions of the United States. This is particularly true for the West Coast, which is morally bankrupt and culturally amalgamated. Borders, language and culture are what define a civilization. California has none of the above. It's complete collapse is eminent. We will likely see similar unrest in various parts of New England, and in a smattering of large urban areas across the United States. Small cities, towns and rural areas will be the ideal location for what's left of America to survive, and it will be in these regions that the nation(s) is/are rebuilt. I write in plural because once the collapse occurs, we can expect a dictatorship government to arise for a short time in a vain attempt to hold the United States together. Again, barring a nationwide religious revival, it will not work, and it will not last. The federal government in Washington DC will likely collapse under it's own weight. That's when things start to get interesting.
Once the federal government collapses, it will refocus it's military, and what remains of his bureaucracy, toward maintaining control of whatever regions it is capable of reaching at a minimal cost, and can easily subdue with minimal effort. First on Washington's list will be the banking sector of New England, as well as what remains of the industrialized (i.e. unionized) rust belt around the Great Lakes. These areas will be most easily controlled. Anything beyond that is icing on the cake, and Washington will be lucky to get it.
The most problematic areas for Washington DC will be those regions where secession movements have deep roots and are likely to become mainstream once the federal government is defunct. The two regions where secession is likely to occur rather quickly are in Texas and the old Confederacy. Once allied during America's Civil War (1861-1865), it is likely these two regions will seek separate destinies in the coming American meltdown. Texas has it's own unique identity, it's own national pride, and it's own ideas of how things should be done. Having been members of three larger unions in the past (Mexico, USA and CSA), it is likely the lone star state will do what it can to establish itself as a free and independent nation this time, perhaps taking a couple neighboring states with it that already closely identify with Texas. As for the old Confederacy, it has been said for one-hundred-fifty years now "The South will rise again!" Modern secession movements have been well established in the Southeast states for decades, and Southern Americans have always held to a different take on history concerning their first secession attempt in 1860-1861. The ONLY thing that has kept the South in check since the end of the Civil War has been a strong federal government. Remove the strength of the fed, and you will see those old secessionist viewpoints return to the mainstream popular opinion rather quickly. It should be pointed out that technically speaking, the Confederate States of America never did surrender at the end of the Civil War. Sure, General Lee surrendered the Army of Virginia, but President Jefferson Davis refused to surrender the Confederacy. He was eventually captured by the North, held on grounds of treason, never formally charged, and eventually released after it became apparent the federal government would never win a prosecution against him. The South was defeated, occupied and humiliated, but never surrendered. That's important to remember from a historical standpoint, because when the time comes, these facts will resurface with a vengeance, in a way unimaginable as of the date of this writing (July, 2010).
There are other secession movements, smaller but just as determined. Both Vermont and New Hampshire have demonstrated strong interest in forming Libertarian Republics, completely independent from the United States. In Vermont this has captured nearly 20% of popular opinion. Eco-Marxists on the West Coast have long expressed a desire to create a new western republic called "Cascadia" from Northern California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. In contrast, neoconservative Alaska has long had it's own secession movement, and secession party, of which Sarah Palin's husband was a member, and Sarah Palin herself addressed while governor of the state. Hawaii on the other hand, has long had it's own secession movement which is growing in popularity. Meanwhile the American Southwest (Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas) is increasingly coming under the influence of the Aztlan Movement, an attempt by Mexico to retake the Southwest United States through non-violent demographic warfare. So far the plan is working marvelously well. The point here is that while chaos is just around the corner, (barring a national religious revival), it is likely to be short-lived. Many social and political movements are already poised to fill the vacuum once the collapse of the fed occurs, and we still have the state legislatures. While some of them (like California's for example) will likely implode, the majority of them will remain intact. They can take over the duties of the federal government in the event of an emergency, including raising a state guard and securing the peace. Yes, chaos is coming (barring a miracle) but reorganization is just around the corner. Historically speaking, entire continents don't plunge into darkness all at once. There are respites of reorganization and order - some lasting a lifetime. With the structures and movements already in place, this is more likely to be the case. We might expect some skirmishes between them, but in the end, everything will settle into it's own place - at least for a while. Americans will survive and our families will flourish, albeit a little poorer, and perhaps with different national identities. Yes, the end of our empire is upon us, but that doesn't mean we should panic. There is good reason to believe that God has good things in store for those who trust him and live by his laws.
What now? While the Titanic USA is sinking, it's time to get into the life boats. Granted, there may not appear to be enough, but if you're involved in a Church and following God's laws, you're already sitting in one. The primary and most important thing any family can do is to get involved in a church and start practicing religion in the home. This is the social glue that will hold your family and community together. The next thing to work on in the years ahead is personal independence. By that I mean consolidating your resources to get out of debt, provide for yourself as much as possible, and network with other Christians to help each other in time of need. Now is the time for small home prayer groups to augment the larger parishes and congregations. Priests and pastors, that's your cue to start organizing! For Catholics I would recommend organizing small home groups around the weekly recitation of Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours or else the Holy Rosary. This in conjunction with home group weekly pot lucks and activities for children should do much toward strengthening parish life and creating strong social networks. Beyond that there really is nothing more we can do - other than pray for our nation and peacefully petition our government for a redress of grievances. So in the final analysis we must stay calm. Nations rise and fall, it's the ebb and flow of history. Our ancestors survived and flourished in the wake of previous collapses. So will we. Keep that in mind.