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Posts from Cato the Elder, Baltimore

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Cato the Elder, Baltimore

Cicero's First Oration Against Trump (a newly discovered fragment)

How long, Trump, will you try our patience with your presence? How long will you mock us with your egregious narcissism? When is there to be an end to your unbridled audacity, paraded before us as it does now? Do not the nightly broadcasts of the national news networks – do not the front pages of the morning newspapers throughout the country – does not the alarm of the people and the opposition of all good men – does not the rush for the exits, the dramatic increase in the application of our students to schools abroad – do not the looks and countenances of our most admired and venerable statesmen, have any effect on you? Do you not feel that your hollowness is exposed? Do you not see that your actions reveal not the considered thought of a bright original mind, but of one with small hands trying to appear “like a smart man”? What is there that you tweeted last night and what the night before – where is it that you were – who was there that you summoned to meet you in your tower – what design was there which was adopted by you, that was no more than a temporary move that we all know will be abandoned or flatly contradicted in the next moment?
Shame on the age and on its morals! The Congress is aware of these things; the President sees them for what they are; and yet this man continues. Continues! Yes, he is even elected. He makes public pronouncements before the commencement of his term in office; he is watching and marking down and checking off for isolation every individual among us. I, even if alone, will not attend his inauguration. While other, honorable men that they are, think that they are doing their duty to the Republic, if they merely keep out of the way of his frenzied attacks....

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