Like the End of the Roman Empire, is government distracting us in Sioux Falls?

How ironic that a new restaurant in Sioux Falls is opening soon Downtown called Bread and Circus, the term is synonymous with the down fall of Rome;

The expression “bread and circuses“ captures a certain cynical political view that the masses can be kept happy with fast food (think Cartman’s “Cheesy Poofs” on South Park) and faster entertainment (NASCAR races, NFL games, and the like). In the Roman Empire, it was bread and chariot races and gladiatorial games that filled the belly and distracted the mind, allowing emperors to rule as they saw fit.

Don’t laugh (maybe cry) but Sioux Falls has many similarities to Rome before it fell.

We have an emperor with complete power afforded to him by the city charter. If he doesn’t like what the city council does, he simply vetoes them.

We have accumulated much debt building play palaces to distract the real issues going on in Sioux Falls (increased crime, corrupt city administrators, gap between rich and poor, a housing glut, decreased tax revenue and disappearing open government).

Like Rome, we rode the high horse for a long time, but in order for the elites to play their games behind closed or even open doors, the public had to be distracted, but will those distractions be enough or will citizens start opening their eyes?

In a little under a year we will be having a municipal election that coronates a new mayor and up to 2-4 new city councilors, can we save this little empire before it is too late?

I think we can, but we are going to have to start paying attention, we are going to have to encourage people of integrity to run for office, we are going to have to do a complete audit of the past administration and we are going to hold those accountable who put us down this path.

It’s going to be messy and very bloody, but at the end of the day, I think Sioux Falls can prevail and most importantly learn from our greed and gluttony we have enjoyed for the past 20 years.

And lastly, remember to laugh, because if you can’t laugh at politicians you only end up hating them, and I think we have enough of that going on DC, we don’t need it here.



#1 The D@ily Spin on 05.17.17 at 8:54 am

You’ve said it well. Sioux Falls had a good run. There’s evidence it’s over. We chose the wrong form of government and the wrong emperor. I fear the next election will be more of the same. Rome failed and could not be restored.

#2 Fluff Mc Fluffin on 05.17.17 at 4:25 pm

Easy chicken little. Comparing this little city experiencing growing pains to Rome is a bit farfetched. Besides, if that comparison holds accurate we have about 342 years left before our total collapse. (I do agree that our Cesaer needs to fall though).

#3 l3wis on 05.17.17 at 4:52 pm

I’m not comparing them totally, but got a chuckle out of the similarities. Did you know the city debt didn’t hit 100 million until Munson took office, and now in 15 short years we are at almost $400 million.