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America Cannot Survive Treason From Within

April 8, 2015

America Cannot Survive Treason From Within

The following quote is commonly attributed to Cicero, but scholars report not being able to find it in his writings. Although some scholars have said that it sounds like something Cicero would have written, the  authorship of this quote is in question.

While the authorship of the quote may be in question, the truth of this message is certainly not.

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

For those interested in learning more about Marcus Cicero, see the following:
V. Thomas Mawhinney, 4/8/15
P.S., Thanks to John Plume for sending this to me.

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