Just another notch chopped out of the old Oak tree


You Can Now Buy Legal Recreational Marijuana In California

The first state to legalize medical cannabis becomes the largest to allow recreational use.

In my opinion, there is no such thing as a recreational drug user. Either you are a druggy or you are not.  Some fools like to make themselves feel better by claiming it is only recreational use. Nonsense.

Legalizing Mary Jo-wanna in California is no big advancement for the druggies. It may even cut down on the fools that now use it. We all know; whenever there is a forbidden fruit, all of a sudden it becomes more tantalizing and tempting to use.

By allowing MJ for recreational uses; it is like a mother giving her 18 daughter permission to have sex. What is the uses? She has been doing it for years anyway.

People that are behind allowing/supporting these drug initiatives are bound and determined to run this county into the ground. I am not the only one that believes, not always, in many case, using Mary Jo-wanna is a stepping stone to bigger and better HIGHS.

Some proponents claim the MJ is no different than getting high on alcohol.  I really don’t know. I guess my main objection to legalizing drug use; little at a time, one step at a time, the moral and ethical fibers in the USA are being eroded by the liberal wack jobs.

Is it going to make a hell of a lot of difference in California that now allows recreational drug use? I don’t think so. What my happen; the mother that is giving her 18 year old daughter permission to have sex, will start the kid out at 13 instead.

For the brighter more senseable people out there that do not have their heads where the sun doesn’t shine; here are a few comparisons to chew on.

How many years did it take for the Roman Empire to crumble??

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The following reasons the Roman Empire fell may not be identical to what is plaguing the USA, only because of the different times in history. By using our imaginations,  the similarities are very close and frightening.

EIGHT REASONS THE ROMAN EMPIRE FELL

In the late fourth century, the Western Roman Empire crumbled after a nearly 500-year run as the world’s greatest superpower. Historians have blamed the collapse on hundreds of different factors ranging from military failures and crippling taxation to natural disasters and even climate change. Still others argue that the Roman Empire didn’t really fall in 476 A.D., since its eastern half continued for another thousand years in the form of the Byzantine Empire. While just how—and when—the Empire fell remains a subject of ongoing debate, certain theories have emerged as the most popular explanations for Western Rome’s decline and disintegration. Read on to discover eight reasons why one of history’s most legendary empires finally came crashing down.

Invasions by Barbarian tribes

Terrorism

The most straightforward theory for Western Rome’s collapse pins the fall on a string of military losses sustained against outside forces. Rome had tangled with Germanic tribes for centuries, but by the 300s “barbarian” groups like the Goths had encroached beyond the Empire’s borders. The Romans weathered a Germanic uprising in the late fourth century, but in 410 the Visigoth King Alaric successfully sacked the city of Rome. The Empire spent the next several decades under constant threat before “the Eternal City” was raided again in 455, this time by the Vandals. Finally, in 476, the Germanic leader Odoacer staged a revolt and deposed the Emperor Romulus Augustulus. From then on, no Roman emperor would ever again rule from a post in Italy, leading many to cite 476 as the year the Western Empire suffered its deathblow.

Economic troubles and over-reliance on slave labor

Does it sound familiar? What about our 22 trillion national debt??

Even as Rome was under attack from outside forces, it was also crumbling from within thanks to a severe financial crisis. Constant wars and overspending had significantly lightened imperial coffers, and oppressive taxation and inflation had widened the gap between rich and poor. In the hope of avoiding the taxman, many members of the wealthy classes had even fled to the countryside and set up independent fiefdoms. At the same time, the empire was rocked by a labor deficit. Rome’s economy depended on slaves to till its fields and work as craftsmen, and its military might had traditionally provided a fresh influx of conquered peoples to put to work. But when expansion ground to a halt in the second century, Rome’s supply of slaves and other war treasures began to dry up. A further blow came in the fifth century, when the Vandals claimed North Africa and began disrupting the empire’s trade by prowling the Mediterranean as pirates. With its economy faltering and its commercial and agricultural production in decline, the Empire began to lose its grip on Europe.

The rise of the Eastern Empire

Other countries slowly getting more advanced – North Korea – the bomb – Iran the bomb plus a 151 billion dollar gift from or past president.

The fate of Western Rome was partially sealed in the late third century, when the Emperor Diocletian divided the Empire into two halves—the Western Empire seated in the city of Milan, and the Eastern Empire in Byzantium, later known as Constantinople. The division made the empire more easily governable in the short term, but over time the two halves drifted apart. East and West failed to adequately work together to combat outside threats, and the two often squabbled over resources and military aid. As the gulf widened, the largely Greek-speaking Eastern Empire grew in wealth while the Latin-speaking West descended into economic crisis. Most importantly, the strength of the Eastern Empire served to divert Barbarian invasions to the West. Emperors like Constantine ensured that the city of Constantinople was fortified and well guarded, but Italy and the city of Rome—which only had symbolic value for many in the East—were left vulnerable. The Western political structure would finally disintegrate in the fifth century, but the Eastern Empire endured in some form for another thousand years before being overwhelmed by the Ottoman Empire in the 1400

Government corruption and political instability – the biggie that can not be ignored

If Rome’s sheer size made it difficult to govern, ineffective and inconsistent leadership only served to magnify the problem. Being the Roman emperor had always been a particularly dangerous job, but during the tumultuous second and third centuries it nearly became a death sentence. Civil war thrust the empire into chaos, and more than 20 men took the throne in the span of only 75 years, usually after the murder of their predecessor. The Praetorian Guard—the emperor’s personal bodyguards—assassinated and installed new sovereigns at will, and once even auctioned the spot off to the highest bidder. The political rot also extended to the Roman Senate, which failed to temper the excesses of the emperors due to its own widespread corruption and incompetence. As the situation worsened, civic pride waned and many Roman citizens lost trust in their leadership.

The arrival of the Huns and the migration of the Barbarian tribes

Terrorism

The Barbarian attacks on Rome partially stemmed from a mass migration caused by the Huns’ invasion of Europe in the late fourth century. When these Eurasian warriors rampaged through northern Europe, they drove many Germanic tribes to the borders of the Roman Empire. The Romans grudgingly allowed members of the Visigoth tribe to cross south of the Danube and into the safety of Roman territory, but they treated them with extreme cruelty. According to the historian Ammianus Marcellinus, Roman officials even forced the starving Goths to trade their children into slavery in exchange for dog meat. In brutalizing the Goths, the Romans created a dangerous enemy within their own borders. When the oppression became too much to bear, the Goths rose up in revolt and eventually routed a Roman army and killed the Eastern Emperor Valens during the Battle of Adrianople in A.D. 378. The shocked Romans negotiated a flimsy peace with the barbarians, but the truce unraveled in 410, when the Goth King Alaric moved west and sacked Rome. With the Western Empire weakened, Germanic tribes like the Vandals and the Saxons were able to surge across its borders and occupy Britain, Spain and North Africa.

Christianity and the loss of traditional values

Not everyone has to believe in a higher power but to allow the eroding of traditional values can be disastrous in the long run.

The decline of Rome dovetailed with the spread of Christianity, and some have argued that the rise of a new faith helped contribute to the empire’s fall. The Edict of Milan legalized Christianity in 313, and it later became the state religion in 380. These decrees ended centuries of persecution, but they may have also eroded the traditional Roman values system. Christianity displaced the polytheistic Roman religion, which viewed the emperor as having a divine status, and also shifted focus away from the glory of the state and onto a sole deity. Meanwhile, popes and other church leaders took an increased role in political affairs, further complicating governance. The 18th-century historian Edward Gibbon was the most famous proponent of this theory, but his take has since been widely criticized. While the spread of Christianity may have played a small role in curbing Roman civic virtue, most scholars now argue that its influence paled in comparison to military, economic and administrative factors.

Weakening of the Roman legions

Decline of patriotism

For most of its history, Rome’s military was the envy of the ancient world. But during the decline, the makeup of the once mighty legions began to change. Unable to recruit enough soldiers from the Roman citizenry, emperors like Diocletian and Constantine began hiring foreign mercenaries to prop up their armies. The ranks of the legions eventually swelled with Germanic Goths and other barbarians, so much so that Romans began using the Latin word “barbarus” in place of “soldier.” While these Germanic soldiers of fortune proved to be fierce warriors, they also had little or no loyalty to the empire, and their power-hungry officers often turned against their Roman employers. In fact, many of the barbarians who sacked the city of Rome and brought down the Western Empire had earned their military stripes while serving in the Roman legions.

The similarities between then and now are too close to ignore. BUT, we have a pathetic bunch of people at control the politics in this country that think they are bullet proof and IT can not happen to us.  I have news for them.

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Just other examples of their ignorance and anti-American policies 

As we can see the Roman Empire did not collapse over night, it took decades. The hand writing is one the wall in this country but not many people are paying attention to it. In their stupidity and arrogance, they think IT can’t ever happen to us.

Whenever any society allows it’s core values and principles to be eroded, it does not take long before the Pied Piper comes marking along and wants what is due him.

German Legend of the Pied Piper

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A musician who rids Hamelin of its rats by leading them with his piping to the river, where they drown: in revenge for not being paid, he pipes the village children to a mountain, where they disappear. 
The moral of the story is; in one fashion or another,  we ALWAYS have to pay the Piper.
This may be too deep for some of the junkies out there because they are all toked up.  By passing a law in California to allow the casual use of MJ is not the end of the world, it is just another notch cut out of the big oak tree that was once the strength of the USA.
Puff on fools; one of these days your wacky tabacci world is going to go up in smoke.
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It won’t make much difference to you anyway, you will be too stoned to notice.
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About The Goomba Gazette

ALWAYS COMMON-SENSE Addressing topics other bloggers shy away from. All posts are original. Objective: impartial commentary on news stories, current events, nationally and internationally news told as they should be; SHOOTING STRAIGHT FROM THE HIP AND TELLING IT LIKE IT IS. Direct and to the point unbiased opinions. No topics are off limits. No party affiliations, no favorites, just a patriotic American trying to make a difference. God Bless America and Semper Fi!
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