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Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
Topic - Edward Gibbon
Why do once-successful societies ossify and decline?
Mitt Romney just made it double or nothing.
"[T]he discretion of the judge is the first engine of tyranny." So wrote historian Edward Gibbon in his famous history of the Roman Empire. As we Americans once again celebrate our nation's birthday today, we desperately need to understand the truth of this observation as it applies to us.
For deliciously sordid marital scandals, there is no better historical milieu than 18th-century England.
America need not be Rome in its decline and fall.
Historical metaphors can be dangerous things. Politicians, scholars and journalists often use them to back up an argument or explain a complex contemporary situation. But when the person has a selective memory and cherry-picks facts, he or she can cause more harm than good.
The sparklers, snakes, rockets and Roman candles will make a grand display at barbecues, fish fries and picnics this week, but between the second hot dog and the third brewski we ought to think about what the Fourth of July actually means. New Year's Day offers a time for personal appraisals of what we like about ourselves and what we'd like to change, and Independence Day offers that same pause for reflection — for the nation and for each of us.
he at least will be able to say that the good guys gave it one last shot.