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September 22, 2013

"A nation can survive its fools"

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"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. A traitor is the plague. -- Cicero

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 22, 2013 1:18 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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No modern Republic can survive a compromised news media.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at September 22, 2013 5:53 PM

The real lesson of Cicero: Tell the truth plainly and without fear and you'll end up with your head and hands nailed to a board in the Forum.

Posted by: B Lewis at September 23, 2013 9:10 PM

RINOcerotum delenda est

Posted by: monkeyfan at September 24, 2013 12:49 PM

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