Friday, July 6

Vidi, vici, veni (with urmom)

Cullen Murphy, author of "Are We Rome? The Fall of an Empire and the Fate of America," in an interview in The Atlantic:

"On the one hand, I do wish America’s sense of public virtue were stronger. It used to be quite powerful. In the 18th century the idea of honor was pronounced, and it led to terrible things like dueling. But at the same time, there really were public standards that saturated the consciousness of public people. Go look at George Washington’s rules of civility—they were very Roman. We may have lost this permanently. Certainly we would never want a Roman sense of honor that was so extreme that people would simply commit suicide—someone like Alberto Gonzales or Karl Rove or Scooter Libby—public figures caught in public mayhem of one sort or another. Back in ancient Rome, these wouldn’t be one-year, two-year stories. The people involved simply wouldn’t be around that long. We don’t want that, obviously."
Hey asshole, speak for yourself. I would be quite a-OK with a little bit of ritual suicide up in that hizzity.

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