Wednesday, May 30, 2012
“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." --Marcus Cicero Well, he certainly had a way with words, huh? Of course, Cicero saw Julius Caesar as a threat to the Roman Republic. His dictatorship was supposed to be temporary. We can't be sure if that's what Julius had in mind. The point is Cicero saw Caesar's rise to absolute power. And we know it corrupts absolutely. Mind you, none of this is just cut and dried. There was a lot of intrigue and factionalism, eventually leading to Cicero's death, after Caesar's assassination. Don't look for exact parallels re our Republic and the Roman one. We have the only true Constitutional Republic in world history. Rather than go into a big lecture, go research. Our history is there for the study. I'm simply thinking traitors. It's not just paranoia, more than a Red Scare, though that was real and communism is very much alive. Traitors offer the knife in the back. They lie and use half lies to rot the fiber of Freedom. Alinsky comes to mind as well as the tactics of the Soviet machine. Compromising our way out of Freedom continues. Therefore, contravening that continues apace. The collectivists love to paint our history and ourselves in the worst possible light. The goal is to discredit, perhaps even compromise us. I think the goading is to push Freedom minded folks to do something rash. Here is my suggestion: Countermove/intel them. Traitors are many and have existed for centuries. Remember Adams' Sedition Act. Statism/Federalism surely destroys us without commies. However, they work hand in hand, resulting in strange bedfellows. Liberals think they can have their cake and eat it too. Many long for the new dawn, the impossible dream of collectivists always. The State rules but some are more equal than others. Don't be paranoid. Face traitors with truth ie, our heritage of the people ruling, self government. I'm sure we are still in for the fight of our country's life. Power is not willingly surrendered. Neither will our rights. As I have said, we fight an enemy that never sleeps. We must learn to sleep less.