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July 25, 2007

While there were a number of factors that contributed to the collapse of the Roman Republic, one of the more significant ones was undoubtedly the willingness of politicians to exploit obscure loopholes for personal gain.

Without going into details (which would no doubt bore most of you to tears), let me just say that the sense of honor and, for lack of a better term, “gentlemanly conduct” that existed during the early and middle Republic were little more than wistful memories by Caesar’s day. Acts that would have been unconscionable a century before became commonplace, and even necessary if a politician was to avoid prosecution and exile.

Like so many things in this world, this exploitation started small, with little acts here and there, before eventually snowballing out of control. Next thing you know, heads are being displayed in the Forum and guys who have salads named after them are crossing some river called the Rubicon at the head of an army.
Well, as Santayana said, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. Apparently our legislators missed out on some of their ancient history…

Just sayin’, guys. You may want to stop acting like asshats before this spirals out of control.

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