这些百分比加起来没有到 100% 啊。
Indeed, Rome was found by taking Sabine women. However, please do NOT forget how they got these women, VIA Abduction and Rape!
Rome, was a Patriarchal society. As a result, the members of the society identified themselves with the bloodline passed from their fathers.
Also, please do NOT forget, before Rome became a Republic, Rome had been in the form of Kingdom until 509 BC. By the time the republic was established, Rome already formed a core major nationality: speaking same languge; worshipping same gods; believing in they were all decending from the same Patriarchal origin (no matter it was Romulus and Remus or Aeneas of Troy.)
所以我觉得像杜鲁门那样说the bucket stops here，以为总统就是父母官的，就属于明显搞不懂的总统是干嘛的。
please do not get emotional on those Sabine women: I did not rape them, so no need to show so much anger at me by using "!"
Romans come from many different bloodlines even during the Republic period.
BTW, another modern day successful Republic/Democracy is called Britain. Britons are well-known as "bastards": with bloodlines from Celts, Anglo, Saxon, Nordic, and some Thracians during Roman empire period. So it is just another evidence against blood purity argument.
Declaration of Independence mostly reflected the vision of liberal Americans, such as Thomas Jefferson.
There are two camps among founding fathers: pro-Republic-elite rule system (such as Franklin, Adams, Hamilton) vs. pro-平民统治 system (such as Thomas Jefferson). The latter was the minority 200 years ago.
George Washington was a smart fence sitter: he watched both sides fighting against each other and stayed as a well-respected impartial balancer in the system. He SELDOM expressed his own political vision.
Constitution is the compromise among all kinds of interests groups (such as the slave-owners in Southern States). Therefore, these two documents are not consistent in philosophy. Not surprising.
兄弟是高才，隔着个大洋就能看透这些文件之间的冲突。本人是在美国图书馆的political science 专著上看到历史学者的说明才醒悟的。
deeply in its national soul, there are two different conflicting visions originating from their founding fathers.
The current U.S. history books (high schools, primary schools) gave kids the impression that founding fathers are 铁板一块，bunch of harmonious patriots who fought for welfare/interests of average Americans UNSELFISHLY. The fact is that they were just bunch of large slave owners and landowners who refused to pay taxes to Westminister without their rep. there. They just wanted to be their own masters and control their own fate and wealth.
At the same time, this bunch of people are DEEPLY DIVIDED, and VERY different from each other. They fought with words, persuasion and debates. They changed alliance over time. But 不同于中国的政治精英--动不动就用战争来解决彼此间的差异，分歧，美国的founding fathers 更善于妥协，用各种政治设计-妥协方案-时间的积累来减轻矛盾。
In sum， 斗而不破。
It is a free exchange of ideas/information. I just pointed out a few obvious factual mistakes.
I respect your insights. You are an active thinker. In another post, I praised you for your sharp observation.
After many years in States, I still need to correct mistakes in my own understanding/perception of this country. When I first came to States more than 18 years ago, many of my perceptions of US also turned out to be bias too. Steve Jobs reminded all us to stay hungry and stay foolish. In addition, it is beneficial to stay humble too.
there was no balance from the judicial system in the Constitution. The Supreme Court won that right (judicial review) in 1800 through a famous case. So you are wrong. Supreme Court gained more power in 1950s/1960s through judicial activism.
--No, the most powerful branch was the Congress. U.S. president was elected by Congressmen. Presidency was modeled after the British King: national symbol, but with close to nothing in power.
--No, there were two periods of power expansion by the presidency, both during the war period or under extreme economic situation. The first was during the Civil War (Lincoln) and the second one was in 1930s when FDR had to tackle banking crisis and the Great Depression. America entered the WWII in 1941, but his power has been expanded long before that.
American empire was a new phenomenon after WWII. It was a relucant empire drawn into international affairs.
Do not just Baidu and copy/paste Chinese documents. Check original English media.
GREAT QUESTION! I admire you for going directly to the most important question, rather than wasting time on race/ethnical ones.
My answer is YES for the next 20 years, because greed can only be checked by fear. There is no fear for the 1% in both US and China. Why should they share the wealth?
Only new wave of revolution will scare the elites into reshaping this society into a more fair one. For the next 20 years, I see no hope. And China will not lead the world out of this vicious cycle, on the contrary, it is dragging the whole world closer into this vicious cycle. 中国没有自我调节的机制，中国只有周期律--周期性的系统崩溃与重建。Many Latin American nations are similar too.
Let's wait and see whether the American system can readjust itself and bring hope to mankind. I do not see any improvement in the next 10 years. I only see a long period of stagnation and high inflation in America.