'Very well then, you win! Take him! But never forget that the man whom you want me to spare will one day prove the ruin of the party which you and I have so long defended. There are many Marius's in this fellow Caesar.' Lucius Cornelius Sulla in Suetonius' Twelve Caesars
This election puts Republicans in a hard position. Even as the choice in this election is between a normal candidate and an abnormal one, it’s also between a liberal candidate and a, well, conservative-ish one. I don’t doubt Trump would nominate pro-life judges, or that he would resist raising taxes. I understand why so many Republicans have decided to suppress their doubts and support him.
But this is a dangerous game. We are a nation protected by norms, not just by laws. Our political parties should be held to certain standards in terms of the candidates they nominate, the behaviors they accept, the ideas they mainstream. Trump violates those standards. By indulging him, the Republican Party is normalizing him and his behavior, and making itself abnormal. Ezra Klein in VoxEzra Klein, writes in Vox. Vox is Latin for voice. Cool. Like Bono cool. I mean frigus.
I imagine that Ezra Klein has heard about Caesar and maybe he has some idea about the
Sulla and Gaius Marius*.
There I go being all harsh. I tell Ezra and any one interested below the following sentences.
Sorry. You see. I have very little tolerance for persons who tell me who I am and how I should and behave.
I do pretty well. I'm no Bill Moyers -thanks be to God - but I do Okay.
A cousin of mine was asked to wrap the tree on his front lawn with Blue bunting in order to 'show his solidarity with Police Officers.' My cousin, like me, has many friends who are Chicago cops and he does not need to be told to wrap his tree in blue, yellow, black, or green bunting to show anything.
I no longer hang the American flag out on appropriate days, because the proximity of my house happens to be the votex of a wind tunnel and every flag has been blown away, along with the hardware for the last twenty years.
I love America. I would like to see America great again. That can only happen if we get rid of abortion - Roe v. Wade is the high water-mark of American greatness and the great waters have been receding since 1972.
I am not confused about who I am; nor, am I fundamentally bothered by my continued time on earth.
- Race - White, AKA Caucasian native -born ( close-knit ethnic Irish)
- Religion - Roman Catholic (see above)
- Gender - Male
- Marital Status - Widower ( three children)
- Education - BA, MA
- Employment - Educator
- Age - 63 and change
- Health- Excellent
- Political Identification- Democrat ( see above)
- Class- Lower Middle Blue Collar
- Languages - English - weak Spanish - reads Latin and some French
- Interests - High, Wide and handsome
- CNN (Mrs. Turner's Channel)
- MSNBC ( America's Clown Car)
- New York Times
- Washington Post
- Chicago Tribune
- Public Television
- The Nation, Salon, Mother Jones, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Huffington Post
- Planned Parenthood
- The Journolistas (2008-2016)