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Monday, March 24, 2014

Elections have Consequences

I understand that a close study of history isn't considered valuable today. It's been left off the Common Core curriculum that American students are required to study. Today Cicero is a name that does not echo. Still, maybe he did have something useful to leave to the ages.


HISTORICAL INTERLUDE


Cicero: "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 he carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among 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 traitor, he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their garments, and 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 a city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared."

At least that's how Cicero saw it. I'm sure that in our glorious modern era, the notion and nature of treason has changed...

12 comments:

  1. Liberalism cannot stand up to the light of historical inquiry. That is the major reason it took hold of the US educational system. It's goal is to teach the children what to think, not how to think. Heaven forbid, according to the liberals, that they should read Cicero. If they actually read Marx, they'd realize how wrong he was about history.

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    1. Marx wrote of a situation that resolved itself (rather quickly from a historic perspective) but Marxists never study that. Most of them are simply angry people for whatever reason. I suspect that it's a mental depression thing. Progressives don't like to be referred to as mentally ill, and some aren't. Those are the opportunists who work to pick your pocket and transfer wealth to theirs.

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    2. History didn't matter to Marxists, who saw Marx's ideas as an opportunity to gain power. I make a point of having my political ideologies students read enough Marx, then we explain the implications of what he said and I carefully point out how wrong he was about history.

      Accepting Marx may very well be related to mental depression, which really caters to the many, many depressed people in our modern society.

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    3. I think that when you combine boredom with a lack of intellectual honesty, you have defined the modern liberal arts university student in a generic sense. Intellectual honesty to progressives comes down to parroting what giants such as Al Gore have put in the public domain. It's the intellectual honesty of the lemming. These are the same crowd who live at home with mom and dad and "occupy Wall Street", while eating other men's bread. Who wouldn't be depressed? They toil not, neither do they spin. They're lumps - not unlike many Hollywood hangers on and parasites who get their longevity in the business from a trust fund.

      To avoid having their pants pulled down around their ankles, the Global Warming Theorists had to change their charge to one of "climate change".

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    4. I get a big kick from modern liberals who call me uneducated or stupid. It's now a great honor to be so named by the lemmings of modern education.

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  2. A close study of history reveals what works and what does not. Therefore the educational system (run by the progressive left) must leave that out of any discussion.

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  3. Cicero? Hey, isn't that a suburb of Chicago?

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  4. It's no joke, this stuff repeats itself over, and over...

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    1. ...against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

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