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October 19, 2017

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The fall of the American empire

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I want to respond to a letter from Vernos Branco in the Sun, “Republicans off their rocker again.” He says the re-election of President Barack Obama has “truly brought the crazies out of the woodwork” and makes fun of all the politicians threatening to secede from the United States.

I believe we all know that secession would create more problems than it solves, but it is a good demonstration of how those of us who are true patriots (the Tea Party) feel about a man and an administration who is threatening the very precious freedoms our forefathers fought to preserve. As a Korean Veteran and patriot, I am very concerned about the direction we are headed.

The old saying that history repeats itself prompts me to quote the following, often attributed to Marcus Tullius Cicero:

“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’s, interpreted to mean: more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.”

So, how did that work out for them?

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