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Monday, November 08, 2004 The end of the Roman Republic
For unexplained reasons, Hugh Hewitt posted this link to a brief history synopsis of the the Roman Revolution.
It is a marvelously concise illustration of what led to the fall of constitutional government in Rome.
We begin in the year 133 BC, with Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus.
Gracchus became a tribune. An office not normally held by patricians. He passed his bill for land reform but the Senate had a trump card which it intended to play against the reform.
. . . Any tribune could veto a bill simply by walking to the speaker's podium and announcing veto, which is Latin for "I deny."
Read the rest. It's fascinating how the Republic eroded through incremental steps by the use of force to affect change. The dictator Marius maintained all the regular constitutional structures except, of course, the freedom to change the head of state.
Consider also that the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany corresponds to the destructiveness of the Communists and their violence. The Communists continually accused the Weimar Republic of monstrous nazi-like crimes, so that when the actual Nazis appeared, the rhetoric of outrage was meaningless. Hitler couldn't be honestly portrayed as worse since all the moderates had already been villified in the most vicious terms.
This is like our Left's Bush=Hitler meme. Were an actual Hitler to arise in America, what would the Left have in its arsenal to categorize him, or to scare others with?
When I see creeps attack the police in SF here, I tend to want to see some perpetrators heads broken myself.
We are not in the same situation as Rome although it is interesting to note the Gracchi brothers did institute welfare in Rome with bread, money, entertainment giveaways and entitlements to them. And political factions were essentially street gangs.
posted by Mark Butterworth | 11:28 AM |