“Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Ears.” Shakespeare surely could craft a line. A few weeks ago, I was watching Brando’s take on Mark Antony in Julius Caesar. He gave the line a different emphasis. Instead of declaiming it as a sonorous prologue to his eulogy of Caesar he barked it out as a command for silence from an unruly crowd. It came off odd, almost jarring. It wasn’t what I expected. But it could work dramatically and it went along with Brando’s portrayal of Antony.
And it occurred to me that here was a man standing in the center of the Roman Republic surrounded by the common people and willing to stir them up while his murderous enemies were just down the street. He took his chance to wake up the people, to stir them to life. Rome in 44 B.C. was already in the midst of a long series of upheavals as the extreme wealth made possible by the army’s conquests fueled the oligarchs in their systematic destruction of republican life which guaranteed the eventual rise of Augustus and the Empire.
So, Shakespeare read Plutarch and imagined a late republic demagogue haranguing the Roman street to incite them to mutiny against the Senate in favor of the party and friends of the murdered populist dictator of Rome. And he throws around the words ambitious and honorable and can make the first seem like a lie and the second sound like an epithet.
It’s very unlikely that what Marcus Antonius actually said to the Roman crowd could be translated into anything like what Shakespeare had him utter but the spirit of the conflict is there. The Roman people were being dispossessed by their ruling class. Citizenship was being diluted by extension to the provinces and the government was ruled exclusively by and for the rich. Staggering number of farm slaves made it impossible for the small citizen farmer to compete with the enormous plantations that the rich senators ran. Army service became an endless and prison-like sentence. Rome was becoming just like any eastern despotism that had preceded it. The only thing lacking was the title of king.
A careful scholar of Roman and American history would surely tell you that history never repeats itself but merely echoes universal human themes in every age and place. But to be totally honest, it’s close enough for me. We’re watching free men turning into serfs before our eyes. Just as the Roman republic was rotted out by the power of the wealthy to outmaneuver and finally enslave the plebeians, just so, we are being manipulated and disenfranchised by the elites and their globalist minions. We are being propagandized and gaslit and being stripped of our heroes and our history. We are being displaced and disposed of.
Well, let me try it on for size. My platform isn’t the Roman Forum after the death of Caesar but it’ll have to do. I’m not eulogizing an assassinated leader I’m mourning for the murdered American Dream.
Friends, Americans, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Ears.
What is going on now is not America. Even during the Civil War, we had recognizable Americans on both sides fighting over issues of freedom and independence but both sides considered themselves Americans down to their toes. Now we live in a country where almost half of the people living here hate America and all it stands for. All they like about it is its wealth and they are quickly arranging for that to be swallowed up in a paroxysm of violence and destruction. This is not a civil war; this is an invasion. An alien ideology is being fostered and spread by these anti-Americans and the elites are supporting this invasion because they no longer think of themselves as Americans but as citizens of the world, or better, as the rulers of the world.
So, this harangue is for my countrymen, for those who are proud of America, not for the anti-Americans. They can go to hell. Think of this as an occupation. Many occupied countries have survived and finally thrown off their conquerors. Think of the Russians and the Mongols. What is important is to find a way to protect you and yours from the effects of the occupation. You have to protect your way of life and the things that make life worth living. Take pride in your heritage and history and find others that do too and form a community with them.
And work to overthrow the invaders. Never cooperate with their anti-American programs. Never support their businesses or leaders. Support anyone who shows pride in America and refuses to knuckle under to their propaganda. Support them financially, politically and personally.
Pass along traditional values to the next generation. Teach them the true history of the United States and tell it honestly with all the bad along with the good. Let them know that America wasn’t a land of saints. It was a land of free and courageous people that fought and competed in a tough world where there were winners and losers and that they created the greatest country ever seen on God’s green earth. Tell them the truth about the subversion of this country and how it works. Protect them from the degenerate and dishonest forces that exist to corrupt the young. Explain to them the dangers of the world around them and how to find the good things in life that have real meaning and then support them in their journey through a world that is difficult for the young.
And enjoy life. Find good people who believe in the things you believe in and spend as much time as possible with them. Do all the things you enjoy and do it apart from the evil and the stupid. There is no joy in their company only anger and disgust. Let them spend their time among their depraved and insane allies. They hate us but they have no love for each other. Let them consume each other in their rage filled game of intersectional virtue signaling. Depriving them of access to normal people is one of the best punishments you can bestow on them.
And beware of the moderates. If they claim to be able to see the point of view of both sides of this war as equally valid then keep them out of any community of Americans you want to build. They’re useless and worse than useless. They will turn on you when things get tough to garner favor with their friends on the Left. They will destroy any organization they find. Stick with people that believe what you believe.
And most importantly don’t despair. The ranks of our enemies are full of the weak and the stupid who have allowed themselves to be hypnotized by awful people who only want to destroy the things that they themselves cannot enjoy. We will win if we show determination. These people will have no legacy. Their values do not support life. They destroy it. We can prosper and grow but they can only blight and wither everything they touch including themselves. So, chin up. You’re part of a nation of millions of people who believe what you believe and love the same good things you do. And they’re too smart and courageous to be kept down forever. We’ll find a way and we’ll get our country back.