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.
A Purdue University website reflects on some of the key reasons for the fall of the Roman Republic. Several might ring a bell:
• Roman Senators became oligarchs; their conspicuous consumption became visible signs of corruption.
• Emergence of Rome as an all-powerful, centralized and authoritarian government.
• An ever-increasing tax burden and massive government expenditures.
Well, thank goodness we have a Constitution which all of our politicians take an oath to uphold, which prevents any of this from happening in America.
Hat tip: BadBlue News.