Cicero Said

Dear Editor,

Back in the days of the Roman Empire there was a Senator, a Roman patriot named Marcus Tullius Cicero, who would speak his mind and consequences be damned. His orations against the enemies within the government then ring true today.

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”

The Catiline or Catilinarian Orations are a set of speeches to the Roman Senategiven by Ciceroaccusing a senator, Lucius Sergius Catilina(Catiline), of leading a plotto overthrow the Roman government.

“When, O Catiline, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? When is there to be an end of that unbridled audacity of yours, swaggering about as it does now?”

Does this not sound like he is describing certain members of House of Representatives? Putting aside what would be the deflection argument the quote is sexist because it uses the masculine pronoun, does it not sound like he is making reference to the Four Morons of the Apocalypse?

As for the constant use of the term “racist”, which is approaching the point of being meaningless, I’ve come up with a comeback to reduce your accuser to insignificance. Anyone under the age of 55 may want to ask your parents or grandparents for reference, but there was a musical jingle for Dr. Pepper. I’ve altered it slightly.

“I’m a racist, you’re a racist, he’s a racist, they’re a racist, wouldn’t you like to be a racist too. Be a racist, hey be a racist.” Google it.

Go Galt and save the Republic

Alan Marshall