M. Tullius Cicero to J. W. Worthy, Greetings and good health!
O tempora! O mores!
I begin with that ancient proverb in order to remind you it is I who use it for the first time, and indeed upon the floor of the Senate, which fact might also suggest to you that I am neither ignorant of what a republic is, nor ungrateful for the rare and remote republican sparks in the Cheruscian night of tyranny which shrouds human history. You Americans should have been among the most grateful for your hard won republic. I certainly do not find you so.
I return then to my venerable, newly minted proverb. Those times having passed when the remarkable, nay unique American Republic was accomplished, the founders long since forgotten and their beliefs scorned by a fat and happy populace, you characterize America--I shudder to say how! O tempora! O mores!--as a nation whose strength is to be found in its women!
We are not dead, the spirits to whom you are in duty bound. We depend on your good faith, we rely upon it, even though you are at best transitory, while we remain. We permeate all you have and all you are. You owe to us both respect and faithful remembrance. When you so frequently forget us, it is not we who perish, but your own leached and shallow culture of will-less and speechless--how do you call them?--zombis.
You have a word for us who are too patriotic. You call upon the name of the legendary French soldier, Nicholas Chauvin, remembered for devotion to his emperor. But turn to one of those all-powerful women in America, in your America J. W. Worthy, and ask her what she believes a Chauviniste to be. She will without hesitation tell you it is a man who does not pay sufficient deference to women! Well that clears you, J. W. Worthy. Please do not trouble the little lady with history. "What did they know, way back there in the past?" O tempora! O mores!
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