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Old 05-22-2020, 12:51 PM   #3
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A Rubicon has been crossed in Hong Kong.

No, it is not a conquering emperor looking to impose his order on a dying Roman Republic. It is the representatives of the Chinese dictators who have come to impose their dicta on the vibrantly free Hong Kong.

In much the same way, America has crossed a Rubicon with the unrestrained unleashing of unchecked governmental authority over the most intimate aspects of our lives.

Both have been justified by the word “emergency.” Hong Kong’s “emergency” is the justifiable protests against past efforts by the Chinese to impose authoritarian rule. America’s “emergency” is a virus, which in no way approximates the bubonic plagues of the past, but has a death rate comparable to a severe flu pandemic.

Caesar’s crossing the Rubicon is forever remembered in history because there was no turning back. The Roman Republic was lost and progressively more destructive imperial reigns marked Rome’s long decline.

Hong Kong faces the same prospect. Will the creative business geniuses stay on that island, or will they begin to take themselves and their wealth to safer locales? Hong Kong faces the prospect of a long decline.

What is America’s future now that our leaders have crossed the Rubicon?

It took centuries of decline before Rome was lost forever. How long will it take the U.S.? Is it reversible? Have we crossed our Rubicon?

https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-t...ng-11590145427

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