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  •  In Roman times, the practice of parading the (2+ / 0-)
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    victorious armies in Rome was ended because the Emperor and Senate feared their return.  I think Republican politicians (and some Democrats) also fear the return of our warriors.  They keep showing up at OWS.

    #OccupyOMC - "We have a permit, its called The Constitution".

    by Evolutionary on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 09:48:08 AM PST

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    •  Crossing the Rubicon. nt (2+ / 0-)
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      Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

      by Horace Boothroyd III on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 10:42:34 AM PST

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      •  Yes, just like Crossing the Rubicon. It has (2+ / 0-)
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        already begun with Obama bringing troops home from Iraq.  Many are disabled due to injuries, and many didn't make it back.  More will die overseas before we get our troops home.

        The idiom "Crossing the Rubicon" means to pass a point of no return, and refers to Julius Caesar's army's crossing of the river in 49 BC, which was considered an act of insurrection.
        In 49 BC, supposedly on January 10 of the Roman calendar, G. Julius Caesar led one legion, the Legio XIII Gemina, south over the Rubicon from Cisalpine Gaul to Italy to make his way to Rome. In doing so, he (deliberately) broke the law on imperium and made armed conflict inevitable. According to the historian Suetonius, Caesar uttered the famous phrase ālea iacta est ("the die has been cast"). Caesar's decision for swift action forced Pompey, the lawful consuls (G. Claudius Marcellus and L. Cornelius Lentulus Crus), and a large part of the Roman Senate to flee Rome in fear. Caesar's subsequent victory in Caesar's civil war ensured that punishment for the infraction would never be rendered.

        Suetonius's account depicts Caesar as undecided as he approached the river, and attributes the crossing to a supernatural apparition. The phrase "crossing the Rubicon" has survived to refer to any individual or group committing itself irrevocably to a risky or revolutionary course of action, similar to the modern phrase "passing the point of no return". - "Let the die be cast" - Caeser (Plutarch's Account).

        Things have already reached critical mass.  It will only grow larger.  For every person pepper sprayed, a thousand will show up, for every person shot with "rubber" bullets a hundred thousand will show up, for every person beaten and fucking tortured, a million will show up.  There are 311,800,000 human beings accounted for (and that doesn't include the invisible brown people) in the United States.  Take away all minors, felons, disenfranchised voters, and other people that do not or cannot vote, then remove all of the 1% from that number, then anyone that physically cannot, or morally cannot abandon their duties, and what's left is at least 100,000,000 citizens that will now be deciding if they agree with the 99% protesters, or not.  If the violence continues, they will vote with their feet and their voices and their signs.  It can, and will reach a point of what we now call the New Elephant in the Room that we don't talk much about - if things don't immediately, drastically improve.  And that is a lot.
        Are the dice still in the cup?

        #OccupyOMC - "We have a permit, its called The Constitution".

        by Evolutionary on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 04:26:39 PM PST

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