(A Roman Déjà Vu? On a scale beyond imagination!*)
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 carrier of the plague. You have unbarred the gates of Rome to him.”~ Cicero(?) as quoted byJustice Millard F. Caldwell (1965)1
The Spoken Words
Cicero2[?] On Treason (Time 3:04) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2iW62KIHlQ
Justice Millard F. Caldwell also had this to say:
Cicero was exiled from Rome but not from his conscience. He continued to plead the cause of honest government. But the people he pleaded for were not concerned. His friends, the lawyers, the doctors, and the businessmen told him: “We do not meddle in politics. Rome is prosperous and at peace. We have our villas in Caprae, our racing vessels, our houses, our servants, our pretty mistresses, and our comfort and treasures. We implore you, Cicero, do not disturb us with your lamentations of disaster. Rome is on the march to the mighty society, for all Romans.”
Cicero’s bitter reply was “Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions and laughed delightedly at his licentiousness and thought it very superior of him to acquire vast amounts of gold illicitly. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the ‘new, wonderful good society’ which shall now be Rome’s, interpreted to mean ‘more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.’ Julius was always an ambitious villain, but he is only one man.”
And thus we carry on:
▪ denying that the pursuit of power and gain is (and has always been) a deadly “game” of deception, conspiracy, corruption, and blackmail;
▪ hailing / trusting each new supposed savior of freedom, values, principles, transparency, greatness, hope, etc., etc.;
▪ marginalizing / ignoring / targeting / attacking witnesses and whistle-blowers who try to reveal disturbing truths about systems, governments, corporations, crimes, officials, and treasons beyond imagination;
▪ believing that a profit- / agenda-driven, corporate-controlled mainstream media (MSM) reports truth and would never deceive with fake news or suppressed stories.
Perhaps we need to reread Justice Caldwell’s entire 1965 speech. Here is a sample:
The simple majority, and I emphasize the word simple, composed of decent, ordinary businessmen, doctors, farmers, mechanics, preachers, and just people, does not realize how it has been duped. The honest fellow has always been an easy mark – the easiest to rob.
The simple majority is slow to anger. They are not given to sit-downs and sit-ins, to placards and to violence and to hate. But neither is that majority watchful of its own rights and the freedoms it inherited from brave ancestors. The majority is slow to express its opinion – slow to write the Congressmen or the President or the Supreme Court or the newspaper; it is, because of its supinely acquiescent attitude, slow to stand up and be counted.
If you, per chance, are among those who would rather be governed by constitutional law than by the whims of men unfettered by restraint, I suggest that the war will have to be fought on a wide front. You can’t win with brush fights in special area. You must join and coordinate your efforts with the professions, with business and industry, with agriculture and all facets of American society concerned with the preservation of personal liberty. The centralizers can lick the isolated groups, but they could not defeat a sustained drive by the consolidated believers in constitutional government. (Source at footnote 1)
Perhaps our greatest, current duty is to inform ourselves and to unitedly demand investigation and prosecution of all those involved in the mounting evidence of vast treason—decades of treason being suppressed through blackmail, fear, suppression, lies, and murder.
* Read the last several posts, particularly Outside the Box? to explore how bad things are.
1. Misattributed(?) to Cicero: see “Misattributed” section, quote #3 at https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Cicero . And see the apparent source of the quote at Cicero’s Prognosis — by — THE HONORABLE MILLARD F. CALDWELL, Justice – Supreme Court, Tallahassee, Florida; Presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc., October 7-9, 1965, Columbus, Ohio Reprinted March, 1996 at http://www.aapsonline.org/brochures/cicero.htm1.
2. Marcus Tullius Cicero (3 January 106 BC – 7 December 43 BC), at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicero