05 November, 2008

The Republic is no more!

... iam pridem, ex quo suffragia nulli
uendimus, effudit curas; nam qui dabat olim
imperium, fasces, legiones, omnia, nunc se
continet atque duas tantum res anxius optat,
panem et circenses. ...
(Juvenal, Satire 10.77–81)
And for those of us whose Latin is lacking:
... Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man,
the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time
handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now
restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things:
bread and circuses...
(Juvenal, Satire 10.77–81)
Mr. Sharkey, thank you for the reminder- keep your powder dry, and may your steps be quiet, solid and safe.

For everyone else, I will echo what others have already said, if you do not have it by January 19th, you won't have it- remember this.


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