Wednesday, January 21, 2009

He has crossed the Rubicon

The Senate did not want troops in Rome.

From wikipedia "Rubicon"
"The river is notable as Roman law prohibited the Rubicon from being crossed by any Roman Army legion. The river was considered to mark the boundary between the Roman province of Cisalpine Gaul to the north and Italy proper to the south; the law thus protected the republic from internal military threat. When Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon with his army in 49 BC, supposedly on January 10 of the Roman calendar, to make his way to Rome, he broke that law and made armed conflict inevitable. According to historian Suetonius, Caesar uttered the famous phrase ālea iacta est ("the die is cast").[1]

Suetonius also described how Caesar was apparently still undecided as he approached the river, and the author gave credit for the actual moment of crossing to a supernatural apparition. T
he phrase "crossing the Rubicon" has survived to refer to any people committing themselves irrevocably to a risky and revolutionary course of action – similar to the current phrase "passing the point of no return". It also refers, in limited usage, to its plainer meaning of using military power in a non-receptive homeland."

At yesterday's "inauguration", Washington was under the "Wartime Powers Act" and there were -
10,000 National Guard
25,000 cops
99 Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies working together to create the most locked-down police state in the world
5,265 surveillance camera watching him at all times
A honeycomb network of black fences and checkpoints

Diminishing civil liberties
A lazy, entertained, uninformed public
A small group of ruling elite
An Oligarchy looting the economy
A devaluing currency and economy
An overstretched military
A growing domestic spy force
A police state

Sound familiar?

"Words cannot express, gentlemen, how bitterly we are hated among foreign nations because of the outrages of the men in our government. All the provencies are complaining about the greed and injustice. I remind you, gentlemen, Rome will not be able to hold out against the whole world. I [do] not mean against its powers of arms and war, but against it groans, tears, and lamentations!"

Ron Paul
"The American Republic is in reminant status. The stage has been set for our country eventually devolving into a military dictatorship, and few seem to care."

"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it" -George Santayana

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