There are many similarities but I believe there is still time to set things right. Here are some opinions I found from a few articles on the web. I'll try to condense them and leave a link in case you want to read more.
8 striking parallels between the U.S. and the Roman Empire - Salon.com
As the fortunes of Rome’s aristocracy increasingly derived from foreign lands, Roman policy was shaped to facilitate these fortunes. American billionaires and corporations increasingly influence our elections. (I hope this is not Trump's goal.)
In the period just before the Roman Republic’s fall, the Roman middle class was crushed — destroyed by cheap overseas slave labor.
Rome v. America: when nations die | Conservative News and Views
Table: Parallels between ancient Rome and modern America
|Antagonism between the Senate and the Emperor||Antagonism between the President and Congress, as well as between our two major Parties|
|Economic factors included:||Economic factors include:|
|Decline in morals – especially in the rich upper class.||Decline in morals – especially within the entertainment and sports industries.|
|Political corruption was rampant||Political corruption is rampant|
|Constant Wars||Constant Wars|
|High unemployment within the working class, resulting in increasing dependency on government||Rising unemployment within the working class, resulting in increasing dependency on government programs.|
High cost of the “Dole” which was government supplied bread and entertainment for the non-working poor.
|High cost of government dole, including food stamps, Medicaid, extended unemployment insurance and other government entitlement programs.|
|Unrestricted trade agreements with foreign nations, resulting in Roman citizens not being able to compete with foreign trade.||Free trade agreements that have resulted in loss of American jobs, since Americans cannot compete with foreign low wages.|
|Class warfare between the rich and the poor.||Government inspired class warfare between the rich and the poor.|
|Increased government subsidies enabled citizens to live comfortably without working.||Increased government entitlements allow citizens to live comfortably without working.|
The mob and the cost of games – the roman government provided circuses for the unemployed.
|Decline in ethics and values – the decline in Roman ethics and values is well-known and needs no further explanation||America has experienced a decline in ethics and values that cannot be argued and needs no further explanation.|
|Decline in morals led to the destruction of families. It was not common to have two parent households.||Decline in morals is leading to the destruction of families. It is now common to have single parent households.|
|Barbarian Invasion||For America, this can be considered to be Islamic terrorists.|
Expansion of government – Ralph Martin Novak, author of “Christianity and the Roman Empire,” stated:“…whereas at the start of the third century A.D. the Roman emperors employed only about 300 to 350 full-time individuals in administering the Empire, by 300 A.D. this number had grown to some 30,000 or 35,000 people.”
|Expansion of government. It has been said that today you will work for the government one way or another.|
|High taxes were instituted to fund growing government and its programs.||High taxes are being instituted to fund growing government and its programs.|
|Government ceased being the servant of the people and became its nanny.||The Nanny State is increasing exponentially.|
Practices of infanticide were justified and legal.
|Abortion is justified and legal.|
|Gladiator games, chariot races, and forms of violence were considered entertaining.||Violent games of all kinds are considered entertaining.|
|Decline of the military and reduced incentives to join, including lack of respectable leadership.||Attempts to disrespect and underfund the military have thankfully been unsuccessful.|
Citizenship granted to foreigners
|Amnesty and disregard for immigration laws.|
|Romans became globalists instead of nationalists.||Americans are encouraged to become globalists, abandoning patriotism.|
A touch of hope:
"If the technological promises of nanotechnology, robotics, and biological breakthroughs can be realized, America’s democratic history, can-do spirit, and belief in social equality might prevail in a world of ideas, not shortages."
Is America the New Rome? - United States vs. the Roman Empire