Could the Untied States be headed down a path similar to that of ancient Rome? Let's look at the five key reasons for Rome's downfall, as set forth by Edward Gibbon in his classic work The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The are: (1) The undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home. (2) Increasing taxes and spending of public money for bread and circuses. (3) The mad craze for pleasure, with sports becoming more exciting and more brutal. (4) The building of gigantic armaments, when the real enemy is the decadence of the people. (5) The decay of religion, with faith fading into mere form. Do those sound familiar?