To the editor:
Now seemed an appropriate time for me to re-read Edward Gibbon’s monumental historical work, “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”. He ascribed the demise of Imperial Rome to its citizens’ loss of “civic virtue” - to softness, laziness, selfishness. Sound familiar? It took the Romans more than a hundred years to go from Julius Caesar to Nero. It’s taken us only half that to go from Dwight Eisenhower to Donald Trump! And we have our own version of “bread and circuses”: Big Mac’s and Fox television.