by William Teach | October 12, 2008 9:35 am
If I wrote this, or, say, if someone like Michelle Malkin, John Hawkins, Jonah Goldberg, or Charles Krauthammer did, would you wonder if we had completely lost our minds?
Manes Julii Caesaris paucis diebus aderant — “O, most bloody sight!” — cum Ioannes McCainus, mavericus et veteranus captivusque Belli Francoindosinini, et Sara Palina, barracuda borealis, qui sneerare amant Baracum Obamam causa oratorii, pillorant ut demagogi veri, Africanum-Americanum senatorem Terrae Lincolni, ad Republicanas rallias.
Rabidi subcanes candidati, pretendant “no orator as Brutis is,” ut “stir men’s blood” et disturbant mentes populi ad “a sudden flood of mutiny,” ut Wilhelmus Shakespearus scripsit.
Well, good thing then that it was Maureen Dowd in The Paper Of Record. Someone actually paid her to write that. I mean, sheesh, while she is out there complaining about the “American Empire crumbling (woops, haven’t gotten to that excerpt yet)” and getting cash in hand (if you worked in today’s newspaper business, cash in hand is probably a good idea, before they pay you with stock as they let the news division go), the rest of us get paid for hard work, rather then speaking tongues.
OK, on to her readable portion
With modernity crumbling, our thoughts turn to antiquity.
Well, maybe in the Manhattan cocktail party circuit. Those of us who live in Reality Land:® tend to think about how to fix it. Anyhow, it is Mo Dowd, so, if she isn’t writing Bush/Cheney/Halliburton, the meds are working
The decline and fall of the American Empire echoes the experience of the Romans, who also tumbled into the trap of becoming overleveraged empire hussies.
Now, one would think she is just making a literary illustration in order to build up to the 2nd half of her op-ed, where her Latin derangement appears. If only. This is the normal notion of those on the Left (plus many Ron Paul supporters, but, I won’t go there), that America has become an empire.
She then goes on to refer to our “sand castle economy,” seems thrilled that Iceland has spurred our help, then, Hey Mo! Woo Woo Woo Woo Woo! seems to dive into Classical Conservative theory
As Seneca, the Roman Stoic who advised treating the body “somewhat strictly,” wrote in a letter: “Avoid whatever is approved of by the mob, and things that are the gift of chance. Whenever circumstance brings some welcome thing your way, stop in suspicion and alarm …They are snares. … we think these things are ours when in fact it is we who are caught. That track leads to precipices; life on that giddy level ends in a fall.”
In other words, the government should run everything, and the mob, ie, The People, should have little say. That is the typical Elitist democrat opinion. They may pay lip service to listening to The People, but, just observe the past 2 years of the Democrat controlled Congress, who promised quite a bit to the Nutroots, but, then proceeded to completely ignore them. Like what Classical Conservative doctrine (not to be confused with today’s Conservatism, which is closer to Classical Liberal doctrine), Daddy will take care of all. You, the children, have little say.
It begs the question: should The Left really be called The Left? In terms of governmental control, Progressive/neo-Liberal doctrine calls for a strong central government elected by the mob, at which point the mob obeys. Classical Socialism calls for input by the mob, to go with centralized governmental control of the economy. On the political scale, the farther one goes to the left, the more control The People have in government. To the right, the less control. In reality, Stalin’s Russia was more to the right then the left. Same with Castro and Chavez. The Left loves their dictators, ya know.
Anyhow, Mo rarely fails to bring amusement.
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