Cicero talks about America

By Tom Quiner



Politics never change.

The words of the great Roman statesman, Marcus Tullius Cicero, are as relevant today as they were in the 1st century B.C.:

“Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions…Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the ‘new, wonderful good society’ which shall now be Rome, interpreted to mean ‘more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.'”

~Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.)


  1. atimetoshare on April 30, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Yes, history often repeats itself. Wonder if it will lead to the same result.

    • quinersdiner on April 30, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      I pray not, but the outcome is in doubt. The U.S. is divided into two distinct values systems: Judeo/Christian vs. Secular Humanism. It didn’t used to be that way. Remember the old saying, “united we stand, divided we fall?”

      • atimetoshare on April 30, 2015 at 3:19 pm

        Have we learned nothing from the loss of life in the Civil War?You are absolutely right about being divided and things have only gotten worse in the last six or so years.

        • quinersdiner on April 30, 2015 at 3:24 pm

          They have, but the Obama years have simply accelerated forces that were already at work in the culture and politics.

          • atimetoshare on April 30, 2015 at 3:27 pm

            Thank God He still has the whole world in His hands.

  2. Tom Maly on May 1, 2015 at 7:09 am

    I am admitting that more days than not, I am concerned that our country/ society/culture will collapse as that of Rome! :o( On rare occasions, I have a glimmer of hope!! ;o)

    • quinersdiner on May 1, 2015 at 8:54 am

      We were built on Judeo-Christian values. We will thrive as long as we embrace them. We will shrivel the more we reject them.

  3. artaxes on May 2, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    True wisdom is timeless.

    Here’s another one pertinent to America’s situation from the great Cicero.

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”

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