A Wall Can Cause America to Crumble like Rome
By Jackie Lewis and Shea Laura
December 22nd, 2018, America witnessed its longest government shutdown in history. For 35 days, 9 federal departments went without pay; leaving 800,000 workers without income.
The result of this seemingly never ending nightmare was the quarrel over the funding of our President’s wall on the southern border of Mexico. Our President’s desire for his wall pushed him into shutting down our government to receive the funding for his partition on our southern border.
The Parties’ Points of View
Our President thinks that if we can block out Mexico then most of the country’s problems can be fixed. But the reality is that the majority of the crimes committed in the country aren’t done by immigrants, but native born US citizens.
Most of the republicans side with President Trump on these matters, but not all. They are willing to side with the President because they see it as the most fit way to get what they want.
Democrats on the other hand, rather use the money for more appropriate matters. Democrats actually supported giving money to border security, but not funding for the wall.
The Effects On Our Own Citizens
The standstill in congress between the Democrats and Republicans to pass an appropriate spending bill for President Trump’s wall caused our government shutdown, and left over 800,000 employees unpaid.
Most government workers were still going into work so that when they got paid after the shutdown ended, they would have a paycheck to take home to their families.
While the government has shutdown three times during Trump’s presidency, this has been the most catastrophic shut down in his presidency, and the history of the United States.
Just like Rome…
A major disagreement like this one is a telltale sign of failure. Sooner or later our country will split more than it already is, for a second time. Past empires, governments, and civilizations have failed because of major disputes between itself, and as history continues to repeat, we are on the path to failure.
A famous empire that fell due to a civil war between government bodies is Rome. Ancient Rome may not seem like it is similar to the United State, but in present time, it is. The United States have followed the wrong footsteps into Rome’s slow descent into nothingness. With our government shutting down, and the never ending dispute between Republicans and Democrats, America is looking quite similar to Rome.
Rome’s government split over time, and when the non-stop fighting between the two government bodies piled on year after year, 300 agonizingly slow years later Rome fell. 300 years, the United States have barely been a country for that long, but is still experiencing the same amount of disagreement between our government.
There is no telling how it may play out, but if the United States continues to argue and disagree between our government, we may end up like Ancient Rome in a hundred, or less, years. And if it’s all over a wall, I’m sure history would be disappointed.