Rome became wealthy when was government powers were limited and the people became free to produce were allowed to keep most of what they earned.
In the midst of plenty the Romans forgot what freedom entailed: they forgot that the essence of freedom is the proper limitation of government. When government power grows — and the people’s freedom recedes.
Once the Romans dropped their guard, power-seeking politicians exceeded the powers granted to them in the Constitution.
Some learned that they could elect politicians that would take government powers to take from some and give to others…AND IT ALL WENT DOWNHILL FROM THERE.
SOUND FAMILIAR? This YOUTUBE video explains the problem with a DEMOCRACY as opposed to a Republic.
Next time someone claims we are a democracy, you can easily shoot down that description and explain to them that WE ARE NOT.