Why, they’re alive and well – and living in Washington, D.C.
Caligula, Roman emperor from AD 37–41, must be someone whom current day political, media and entertainment nut jobs admire immensely.
For a bit of a refresher, especially for those indoctrinated in bricked boxes of compulsory education who might be unaware of anything outside the latest text received, accompanied with a picture of the epic meal at an epic new eatery with 15 epic friends that someone texted them – let’s go to Wikipedia.org, for some “solid” education on this historical degenerate:
Philo of Alexandria and Seneca the Younger describe Caligula as an insane emperor who was self-absorbed, angry, killed on a whim, and indulged in too much spending and sex. He is accused of sleeping with other men’s wives and bragging about it, killing for mere amusement, deliberately wasting money on his bridge, causing starvation, and wanting a statue of himself erected in the Temple of Jerusalem for his worship. Once, at some games at which he was presiding, he ordered his guards to throw an entire section of the audience into the arena during the intermission to be eaten by the wild beasts because there were no prisoners to be used and he was bored.[clarification needed]
While repeating the earlier stories, the later sources of Suetonius and Cassius Dio provide additional tales of insanity. They accuse Caligula of incest with his sisters, Agrippina the Younger, Drusilla, and Livilla, and say he prostituted them to other men. They state he sent troops on illogical military exercises, turned the palace into a brothel, and, most famously, planned or promised to make his horse, Incitatus, a consul, and actually appointed him a priest.
What a gem!
While the antics of Caligula were insane, depraved, murderous, and more, they are not far off from the antics of the freak show of politicians we continue to elect into office year after year. Consider just a sampling of the bizarre: laws enacted, freak show “ruling” class pontifications and other mayhem from the political crazies here in present day Rome:
Forty-three states can suspend peoples driver’s licenses for failure to pay fines, regardless of their ability to pay. Empty homes outnumber the homeless in the U.S. by 6 to 1. We have a POTUS who threatens to destroy (as in kill, murder) 25 million innocent souls because the nation they find themselves living in, build and test missiles. Evidently, only the U.S. can build and test missiles, have a nuclear armament that can lay the planet to waste several times over and finds it acceptable to have been at war with (insert Middle Eastern country of your choice here) since 2001.
And if all this isn’t enough, the U.S. provides military aid to more than 70 percent of the world’s dictatorships.
About three-quarters of the world’s dictatorships currently receive military assistance from the United States. This is a strange record for a nation that consistently justifies its sweeping foreign interventions as aimed at “promoting democracy” and “thwarting evil dictatorships.” – via mintpress.com
So, while Rome burns, with malice and discontent spewing from “thinkers” on one side of the political spectrum toward the other side, with name calling, juiced threats, along with other incoherent ramblings of patriotism because a group of guys dressed in bad fitting tights (don’t believe me, check out the offensive lineman during the next NFL game you happen to take a glance at) elect to use their 1st amendment right to talk, kneel, crouch, stay in the locker room – to protest issues as they see fit – we have a whole lot of other hurt that regular folks suffer and endure each day without much of anyone protesting on their behalf.
Any sane person would assume that instead of authorizing $700 Billion for the military industrial complex for 2017 alone, that such an unimaginable sum of money could be spent on its country’s poor, mentally ill, sick, homeless and many of the other ills this country suffers from rather than the insanity of continued wars, death and destruction.
In the meantime…one wonders, is there any sanity left in this world? Glad you asked, for apparently there is. Whether one believes in God, the Eternal, or a board of aliens overseeing this circus for their amusement, there is this:
The Moscow metro has excellent high-speed internet, both paid, and free. It is a cutting edge technology town.
According to Russian search engine Yandex, Muscovites traveling on the metropolitan subway during the morning peak hours search for the texts of prayers and dream books most often, reports RIA-Novosti.
America’s #1 Search Term – YouTube – with “music” being the most popular searched subject. (We couldn’t determine what kind of music was being searched – truthfully, we got tired and weren’t really interested in further disappointment.)
And to end…how about a little Russian Waltz music – sure, why not! Life really doesn’t have to be ugly.
Masquerade Waltz – Aram Khachaturian
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