* Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) writing in the Chicago Tribune…
Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman philosopher, politician and lawyer. During the dictatorship of Gaius Julius Caesar, Cicero championed a return to the traditional republican government.
In Illinois, Cicero has become synonymous with the crime and corruption that permeate all levels of government. The symbolism is rich. In this state, the remarkable, the principled and the noble are defiled by our ruling class and the culture of corruption they perpetrate.
Last week, in a brazen display of power, House Speaker Michael Madigan and his lawyer Michael Kasper silenced the appeal of tens of thousands of Illinoisans of all political stripes who simply asked that voters have a say in the manner in which election maps in the state are drawn. […]
Fittingly, it was the philosopher Cicero who stated, “A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within … the traitor moves among those within the gates freely. … For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim … he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. …The traitor is the plague.”
Madigan has spent decades rigging the system, unchecked by members of the political establishment. These are Cicero’s traitors. They have so infected the political process in Illinois that the people are silenced via loopholes written into election laws by those in power so that they are able to maintain that power. The ruling class took an honest initiative of the people and through political gamesmanship ensured its demise. […]
To all the people who just had their names thrown out and voices silenced by Madigan and his supermajority of traitors, I say: Back a new initiative.
*** UPDATE *** With a hat tip to a commenter, Cicero never uttered that “traitors from within” line. It’s actually…
A paraphrase from a 1965 essay by Justice Millard Caldwell. The paraphrase appears to be from the Second Catiline Oration but drastically changes the rhetoric.
And from another commenter, here’s an actual quote from Cicero…
He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.