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It is common knowledge that the rulers of ancient Rome used gladiatorial distractions to pacify their people and gain their acquiescence through the sphere of entertainment. This tactic is infamously known as the "bread & circus show".

Fast forward about 1,600 years to the empire of America, and you will see that there is almost no difference between the gladiators of ancient Rome and the athlete of the modern era. The games have changed but the overall sentiment of sporting competition is exploited the same way by the powers that govern the citizens of the United States. Tax dollars are used to build the contemporary coliseums that showcase the present day bread and circus shows on the grand stage of television, bringing in massive profits to the corporate owners with little return to the plebeian investors.

The latest example of the power that the bread and circus holds, is the 2016 NBA finals, which are concluding in the middle of the 2016 presidential race.

After a controversial ejection of the NBA's first unanimous MVP, Stephen Curry, in the final minutes of game 6, social media erupted in outrage, claiming a conspiracy to rig the championship to ensure the series reaches the mecca of sports viewing, a game 7 showdown that would rake in millions of viewers, equating in the largest payout possible for the NBA profiteers.

Ayesha Curry tweets that NBA finals are “rigged” after Steph is ejected from game 6

— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) June 17, 2016

This guy gets it:

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The indignation of millions of sports fans over the possible rigging of one of the biggest sports spectacles on earth is understandable, but just imagine if that misplaced fury was directed toward something that matters.

There is something more sinister happening to these sports fans yet they do not see it, or if they do see it, they seem to place it on the back burner as a secondary priority.

The possibility of the NBA finals being "rigged" has taken center stage over the outright and obvious rigging of the 2016 election, making it apparent that many Americans feel the destruction of their republic takes a back seat to the performance of their favorite team.

Just last week The Free Thought Project reported that a Harvard educated lawyer is filing multiple lawsuits against Hillary Clinton, implicating her in vote-rigging and racketeering. Since then, Stanford University has compiled evidence in a new study that proves the attorney's claims to be viable and likely true.

The claims of vote-rigging against the popular Bernie Sanders have been made from the very beginning of the primary process.

It's not just Sanders that has received this treatment from the establishment. Donald Trump, also the populace pick for POTUS in the conservative camp, has seen his campaign nearly derailed by dirty tricks and rule-bending by the GOP.

The obvious usurping of the American political process by the DNC and GOP this election are so apparent, when you look into it, it will make your head spin. However, who needs to worry about the perpetual war machine and destruction of personal liberties when 10 taller than average humans are throwing a leather ball through a circular hoop on primetime television?

The ability to break-free of everyday worries and stresses through entertainment is important, and if you are able to pay attention to the topics of sports and politics at the same time, this article isn't directed at you, but for god sakes America, imagine what we could accomplish if we cared as much about our children's future as we did sports. It's time to break the trance of the bread and circus, and take our power back before we allow the American empire to pass the point of no return, and fall in the same fashion as its Roman predecessor.