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By JGillman, Section News
~ Reposted from MTTM ~
Let us entertain you.
The Romans did just that.
During some of the worst times and under questionable government , Romans were entertained, given food, and kept subservient through all manner of sociological bribery and extravagance. "panem et circenses", as described by period satirist Decimus Junius Juvenalis, (Juvenal) describing the social distractions as "Bread and Circuses". One could find a number of similarities between the Romans and ourselves as our society engages on its natural path of entropy. Especially considering the mass distractions of Rome and our era, a few of those similarities are certainly clear, and people are still essentially the same.
Titillation and free stuff is a great way for government to avoid being held accountable for its ongoing failings.
Through 'gladiator' sports such as football, NASCAR or boxing, the excitement easily overcomes what might be the boring responsibility of eternal vigilance. Movies that demonstrate very real violent performances of the most graphic kind, to the mildly or more severe pornography certainly satiate a number of other necessary diversions. As a bonus, movies can serve to propagandize watchers in a way not available when the lions tore Christians limb from limb. If we look, many of us might see in ourselves the very same lust for excitement through the actions of others, and the danger or reward they face or receive.
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By JGillman, Section News
(and the new Roman senate)
Even the moderates in Michigan should be filling their drawers with the end result of the debt solution. The "solution" provided by our castrated leadership demonstrates a complete ignorance of the constitution in the face of the elements which desire the destruction of said document. They poured on the gasoline, and our delegation lit it.
No congressman from Michigan should have voted for the debt ceiling increase without fully understanding what he or she was doing. Even then, to do so, was to retire from the obligation of the office held.
And this is not about money.
How can a committee created to craft legislation that is composed from members in both houses exist? Though the 17th amendment destroyed the separation of people and state representation as planned by our founders already, it still did not change that the houses would be separate. This "super congress" committee of 6 from each house is a blasphemy to those who still believe in the protections afforded by our founders with the TRUE law of the land; our constitution.
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