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Why This Year's GOP Convention Will Be Historic

This year's Republican National Convention will be as historically significant as the one that nominated Abraham Lincoln for the White House. The 1860 Republican Convention was a prelude to our country’s rejection of slavery. The 2012 Republican Convention will liberate our country from the Obama administration’s creeping Marxism. We are glad that our Roger L. Simon is there, in Tampa, to keep us updated, minute by minute.

By choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney showed the country, and the world, that he was unalterably determined to end the populist road show called "Change," choreographed by the Democratic Party in order to divert attention away from its utter failure to alleviate the country’s devastating economic crisis.

"Change" is rooted in a lie proliferated by our own American leftist media. According to this lie, the United States, the leader of the free world, is in fact a "decaying, racist, capitalist realm" unable to provide medical care for the poor, rebuild her “crumbling schools,” or replace the “shuttered mills that once provided a decent life for men and women of every race.

"Change" became the Democratic Party's motto, but it was just a comedy show geared to distracting public attention away from the leader's economic incompetence. The ancient Roman satirical poet Juvenal used the term panem et circenses to describe such shows. To tame the impoverished Roman populace, the Caesars orchestrated “bread and circuses” distractions, offering a variety of free pleasures: good food, public baths, handsome gladiators, exotic animals, chariot races, sports competitions, theatrical presentations, and the slogan Ave Caesar, Imperator!

The Obama administration's "Change" has transformed the U.S. into a country of "bread and circuses." One hundred million people are now on various kinds of welfare, 49% of the population is exempted from paying taxes, and 44.7 million people receive food stamps, while widely televised mass gatherings and nationally circulated newspaper articles worship our first American Caesar.

These "bread and circuses" extravaganzas did not work for the Roman Empire, which eventually collapsed under the weight of its enormous civil bureaucracy and public debt. They are not working for the United States either. At the time of this writing, our national debt is $15,962,835,542,312, the highest in U.S. history, and it is growing by the minute. The country's total debt per citizen is $52,900, and it is projected to be $67,500 in five years. The unemployment rate, which historically averaged 5.8%, has been over 8% for the last three years. The price of gasoline is now 300% higher than it was before the "bread and circuses" reign.

To solve this growing economic crisis, the Democratic Party offers nothing better than more “bread and circuses.” According to an August 5, 2012, article published in the New York Times, a group of 21 people in San Jose, California, were treated for burns after walking barefoot over hot coals as part of an event called "Unleash the Power Within," starring the motivational speaker Tony Robbins. "If you are anything like me," wrote Oliver Burkeman, the author of the article, "a cynical retort might suggest itself: What, exactly, did they expect would happen?" The leaders of the Democratic Party may consider themselves much better motivational speakers, but the question remains the same: What, exactly, do they expect will happen?

The November elections will give the American people a chance to stop walking barefoot over hot coals. The United States is the biggest business on earth, and "We the People" will elect the Romney-Ryan team, who will run our country as a business, not as a "bread and circuses" show.