Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day thoughts

Panem et Circenses

Juvenal's Satires were written nearly two thousand years ago, yet his description of early Rome applies wholesale to the United States today:
ex quo suffragia nulli uendimus, effudit curas; nam qui dabat olim imperium, fasces, legiones, omnia, nunc se continet atque duas tantum res anxius optat, panem et circenses.

Rendered in English:
Now that no one earns our votes, the public has long since shrugged off its cares; the people that once bestowed commands, consulships, legions and all else, now meddles no more and longs eagerly for just two things--Bread and Circuses.

This is exactly what we get after years of a somnolent public not holding its elected officials accountable. Hacks (Harry Reid,) whores (Nancy Pelosi,) and demagogues (Chicago Corruptocrat Extraordinaire Barack Hussein Obama.) Real leaders, men and women of substance and talent, won't muddy themselves with politics.

I don't want to hear another word of the "We are one" rhetoric. Today it rang hollow, especially after the divisiveness of the inauguration crowd. Shouting "Na na na na, na na na na, hey heeeyy, Goodbye" at the top of your lungs as the outgoing President steps into the limelight for the last time isn't exactly unifying. Nice attempt at Unity and "Reaching Out."

To the condescending assholes of the From 52 to 48 persuasion: Fuck Off. I stood by silently and patiently through eight years of "Fuck Bush" "US out of Iraq Now" "Move On" "You're in the military, all you know is how to kill," and God knows how many other slurs. Effective immediately you all reap what you've sown. Do you think you can wish away years of hate and discontent with smug condescension and feigned smiles?

No. Reach out to me and I can guarantee you one thing: You will draw back a bloody, mangled stump. I've seen your idea of Unity and Hope and Change. It stinks to high heaven, and numbers do not make it right.

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