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Is the fall of Rome a picture of America's demise?

Is America as "powerful" as it used to be? Many politicians compare the political, social and economic state of the United States today with the state of the Roman Empire just before its fall. Are we on the verge of collapse, as some politicians claim? As I mentioned in last month's column, when reading history, I find the similarities between what happened in different eras of history and the parallels with what is happening in the world today fascinating.