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The Ides of March

Caesar: Who is it in the press that calls on me? I hear a tongue shriller than all the music Cry “Caesar!” Speak, Caesar is turn’d to hear. Soothsayer: Beware the ides of March. Caesar: What man is that? Brutus: … Continue reading

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Two Senators, Millennia Apart, Speak Out Against Dictatorship

     Senator Ted Cruz demonstrated the timeless wisdom of the ancient Roman, Marcus Tullius Cicero, by reciting Cicero’s first oration against Catiline, with a few substitutions of names and terms such as “Obama” for “Catiline.” Tweet

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The Second Time As Farce

     Julius Caeser was assassinated because his dictatorship, in part, was seen as a grab for ultimate, and royal, power.  Augustus succeeded where Caeser did not because he kept the pretense of the Republic while consolidating power far in excess of … Continue reading

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Obama Summarized in a Single Speech

     Commentator “mysterian” suggested in a previous post about a modern day parallel of the Praetorian Guard and the Roman Emperors Commodus and Pertinax, that perhaps Nero would be a better analog for Obama.      The following speech from Quo Vadis, then, … Continue reading

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And Thus to an American Pertinax?

     From the IRS, which responded to Obama’s channeling of Henry II (“Will No One Rid Me of This Meddlesome Priest Tea Party?”), to the National Park Service, who have a deliberate strategy of making life difficult for people to win … Continue reading

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“Our Fine Arts, These, Forever”: From Livy and Virgil, to Romney and Ryan

     Barack Obama’s foreign policy is quite rightly considered a disaster.  From supporting the former President of Honduras Manuel Zelaya who was legally removed by the Honduran Supreme Court and Congress, promising to Medvedev and Putin more “flexibility” for Russia, apologizing … Continue reading

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