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It seems whenever I turn on the television these days to catch a news program I hear someone talking about civility in politics. Civility in politics that has to be an oxymoron like jumbo shrimp or humane death penalty! Politics has never been civil far as I can tell it's probably the most civil right now. Sure the methods of how people communicate over the years have changed from the great orators of the Greeks to the political singers on soapboxes in England and now to the airwaves of our televisions with 3o second soundbites but civility not so much.

Today's kinda of a fun day talk about civility and politics because in 44 BC the Emperor Julius Caesar was stabbed to death outside the Senate by a group of senators. And it's particularly illuminating because they were led by Marcus Brutus who was a dear and deep friend is Caesar's. How many times have we heard of people's closest allies turning on them since then! So on this March 15 we should all remember the words of Shakespeare

Caesar: Doth not Brutus bootless kneel?

Casca: Speak, hands, for me!

Caesar: Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar!

Cinna: Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead!


So whether it's the latest character who's writing a tell-all book about McCain and Palin, or somebody ratting out the Obama administration it seems like the skunks among society all manage to end up in politics. So happy March 15th my fellow citizens!

To paraphrase the wonderful Winston Churchill it seems people get the government that they deserve.


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Comment by Paul Combs on March 19, 2012 at 9:25pm

"Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." Groucho Marx

How true!

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