|Genseric sacking Rome, by Karl Briullov|
He was energetic, intelligent, and a good leader of men. He quickly gathered his troops and - unusually for an Emperor in those days - personally led them into Gaul. Beating the Visigothic king who would later come to be known as Theodoric the Great, he forced the Goths to recognize the Emperor as overlord. He then turned his attention to the barbarian Burgundians, storming their capital and making them rejoin the empire as well.
He then turned his attention - and his armies - south. Since Theodoric had pledged his people's loyalty, Majorian gave them the chance to prove it, by attacking the barbarian Suebi who had taken over northwest Hispania. They did. Meanwhile, Majorian's own troops drove the Vandals from Spain.
By 460 AD, Majorian had been Emperor for a short three years and had nearly restored the Empire.
But he was an outsider. A native of Gaul, he was never accepted by the Roman Senate and the Italian power structure. The following year he was assassinated. The Roman Deep State may have thought that they could handle things (they couldn't), or perhaps that it was better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven. The next years would show how that wasn't all that it was cracked up to be as the last Emperor, the Little Augustus Romulus Augustulus was deposed in 476. The Roman Deep State refused to serve an Emperor from Gaul and faound themselves under the yoke of a Barbarian king.
Majorian presents the welcome discovery of a great and heroic character, such as sometimes arise, in a degenerate age, to vindicate the honour of the human species.- Edward Gibbon, The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire
But he, too, is an outsider, opposed by those who seem to prefer ruling in Hell over serving in Heaven. Political violence is in the air. An assassin shot a Congressman last year. A political zealot assaulted and hospitalized a Senator. We are surrounded by images of Trump with his head cut off.
As Trump increasingly succeeds in marginalizing a Deep State who thought that they alone were fit to rule, at what point can we expect a real plot to kill Caesar? Because the Trump revolution is centered around the man himself - this is not an institution, it is a reflection of him as a force of nature. Remove him, and you remove the force. Vice President Pence is no Donald Trump, and likely would be made of the same material as the last few pathetic Roman boy Emperors.
But what happens then? The forces rending the Republic will not be gone. The forces that led to the election of Trump will not disappear. Our Deep State will likely discover what the Roman Deep State found, that it would have been better to serve in Heaven than live in the Hell they unleashed.