Here is some reading to start your day. "When a society has entered on this downward progress (e.g. a ruinous load of taxation laid on the rich for the purpose of supporting the poor in idleness) either civilization or liberty must perish. Either some Caesar or Napoleon will seize the reins of government with a strong hand; or your Republic will be as fearfully plundered and laid waste by barbarians in the twentieth century as the Roman Empire was in the fifth; with this difference, that the Huns and Vandals, who ravaged the Roman Empire, came from without, and that your Huns and Vandals will have been engendered within your country by your own institutions." - Lord Macaulay on American Institutions and Prospects, May 23, 1857
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