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Fri, Dec. 06

Letter: Ides of March


The Ides of March is nigh. For the Romans, the 15th day marked the assassination of Julius Caesar and the turning point of Roman history. Used today, the same phrase foresees something dreadful is about to happen.

Caesar’s tenure ended with a dagger. However, the attempt to unseat President Trump will not be like Caesar’s demise in 44 B.C., but equally cruel and effective. Subpoena-powered Democrats are planning many investigations searching for evidence to impeach him or to force his resignation. If nothing else, they’re trying to damage and disgrace Trump to the point to where he is undetectable in 2020.

That’s politics in the 21st century.

Caesar was fortunate. His tenure ended without having to endure the endless humiliation of being forced from office like that. A cabal of conspirators, and numerous senators, tormented him by randomly stabbing him 23 times. The last stab wound, directed to his chest, ended his life.

The forthcoming presidential election cycle will be a defining moment for our country. The Democrats are proposing sweeping, big government programs that include Medicare for All, free college tuition and daycare. The new “green deals,” which include payments for those choosing not work, alone would bankrupt this nation.

Apparently, our choices this cycle will be:

• Democratic socialism, a form of government that has recently captured the imagination of the younger society.

• Maintaining a Constitutional Republic with its personal freedoms, including limited government and a free market economy.

May we choose wisely in 2020.

C.R. Shoemaker


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