Shakespeare immortalized the assassination of Julius Caesar which occurred this day, March 15, in the year 44BC.

Here we are two thousand and sixty years later faced with essentially the same issues that drove otherwise "honorable men" to murder.

There are some interesting parallels and similarities between the contexts, conditions,  and circumstances that  existed in ancient Rome and contemporary America.

Rome was the most powerful entity in the known word, just as the US is today.

Caesar had become intolerably egocentric and determined that he should rise above the Representatives of the citizens of Rome.  

Trump is on a path to demise and self destruction. Principled members of his own party will soon become his most vocal critics and vehement adversaries.

Caesar had Senators Brutus and Cassius in open defiance of his moves to expand his authority and power

Senators  Graham and McCain are moving toward open opposition to Trump and his egomaniacal disregard of governmental principles, policies, precedent, protocol, and the law.

Senator Graham issued a stern warning to Trump’s FBI re materials relating to Trump’s faux accusations against his predecessor.

In essence he said answer my written request for such materials, if such exists,  or else.

Graham wants that response today!:

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Comment by Rodney Roe on March 15, 2017 at 5:13am

I just wish that McCain and Graham opposed Trump because he is a miserable excuse for a human being rather than for not being hawkish enough.

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on March 15, 2017 at 5:18am

What does it tell you when two war mongering, corporately owned staunch Republicans like Graham and McCain are being portrayed as the "Good Guys" by MSNBC?

It tells me, just as the sudden embracing of freaking Bush does, that the political spectrum has moved so far to the right that Republicans just shy of qualifying as tea partiers are now considered "moderate Republicans" and that "moderate Democrats" are now positioned someplace to the right of Ronald Reagan.

Comment by Rodney Roe on March 15, 2017 at 5:29am

Recently, some right of the universe republican described the Alt Right as Left Wing Socialists.  My head is spinning like Linda Blair's.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 15, 2017 at 6:29am

Et tu Brutus?

Comment by Ron Powell on March 15, 2017 at 6:52am

@JMac; "et tu Brute?", is the correct Latin phrase  should you have reason to use the quote again. 

That said, we know that McCain wouldn't be Brutus in this scenario....

Thanks for the read and the rating....

 

Comment by Ron Powell on March 15, 2017 at 7:10am

Amy, try to remember that, political behavior doesn't always equate with political ideology.

Ideology may be an overarching set of principles articulated by individuals in the political arena.

However, on a day to day, or case by case basis, it's the behavior of political players that matter most when attempting to get an analytical or evaluative handle on a particular situation. 

Neither of us would be comfortable with the ideological framework within which McCain and Graham function.

But that's no reason to eschew or take umbrage at their determination to heavily scrutinize Trump and his cadre of billionaire cronies.  

Comment by Rodney Roe on March 15, 2017 at 7:13am

Ron, is that another way of saying, "Politicians make strange bedfellows?"

Comment by Ron Powell on March 15, 2017 at 7:13am

@RR; "My head is spinning like Linda Blair's."

Don't listen to what they're saying. Keep a keen eye on what they're doing. 

And always, always follow the money!

Comment by Terry McKenna on March 15, 2017 at 7:26am

Ron - I think Amy's point is correct. and for me, I DO take political behavior as my standard, no ideology. So, yes "moderates" in the Republican party vote hard right. they may talk sensibly but they are useless to anyone who favors center right positions.

I don't see her as taking umbrage over scrutinizing Trump.. (I don't agree with her re moderate democrats being to the right of Reagan).

Comment by Ron Powell on March 15, 2017 at 8:26am

@RR; "Politics makes strange bedfellows." - Charles Dudley Warner quotes from BrainyQuote.com.

 "....Politicians make strange bedfellows...."

 

Politics makes strange bedfellows of politicians....

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