November 9, 2004


"Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword.
It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind...And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry.
Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded with patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader, and gladly so. How do I know?
For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar."

It looks like this can not be attributed to Julius Caesar or William Shakespeare. Some are saying that Barbara Streisand made it up. Through my studies long ago, I know that there were many Roman Emperors who took the name of Caesar. And much they said were recorded by historians at that time.

At this point, I don't know where these words came from, but they are pointing to a very real danger. Pay attention!

My feeble search has not been completed. So maybe someone out there can actually pinpoint the real author of the quote.

Posted by Judi at November 9, 2004 3:15 PM | TrackBack
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