An Appeal to an Ancient Political Tool Might be Timely…

In the ancient Roman Republic, the Proscription was a tool used to remove those who blatantly broke the law. When all reasoning failed, when all other avenues were exhausted, the Proscription was the one irresistible redress left to those who support law.

Our Constitution is the highest law of the United States of America, and any who flaunt it; violate it; ignore or attack it in any manner, way, shape or form are indulging in behavior that tends to violate this law. They are thus tending to outlawed behavior. Some go further. Some do harm and damage to the Constitution knowingly. Perhaps, therefore, as this is a relatively recent phenomenon, and clearly more blatantly undertaken, we ought to resurrect the Proscription in defense of the constitution. Altogether, military and federal service members have taken an oath to “…support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…”

Is it not painfully evident that there are those today who are guilty of this violation?

“There are, no doubt, lessons [directly traceable to this ancient Roman history] for the contemporary reader.”

In fact, most casual observers today, if paying any attention whatsoever, can see our own history echoing uncomfortably the errors made in that ancient Republic:

Thomas Cahill

Thomas Cahill

“The changing character of the native population, brought about through unremarked pressures on porous borders; the creation of an unwieldy and rigid bureaucracy, whose own survival becomes its overriding goal; the despising of the military and the avoidance of its service by established families, while its offices present unprecedented opportunity for marginal men to whom its ranks had once been closed; the lip service paid to values long dead; the pretense that we still are what we once were; the increasing concentrations of the populace into richer and poorer by way of a corrupt tax system, and the desperation that inevitably follows; the aggrandizement of executive power at the expense of the legislature; ineffectual legislation promulgated with great show; the moral vocation of the man at the top to maintain order at all costs, while growing blind to the cruel dilemmas of ordinary life―these are all themes with which our world is familiar, nor are they the God-given property of any party or political point of view, even though we often act as if they were. At least, the emperor could not heap his economic burdens on posterity by creating long-term public debt, for floating capital had not yet been conceptualized.” ― How the Irish Saved Civilization, Copyright © 1995 by Thomas Cahill, Nan A. Talese, an Imprint of Doubleday (a Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.), Page 29. ― One book from The Hinges Of History Series by Thomas Cahill.

When the Roman Empire finally ceased, around the year 480 A.D., it had stood as a republic and imperium for near 1,000 years. Few sensed the speed of the impending collapse mere decades earlier, though their unease was palpable for the signs had been there long enough, and have since been carefully analyzed and understood. The West, including our beloved America, are its inheritors, but seem unaware of the painfully similar peril they face today.

George Santayana

George Santayana

Sadly, as George Santayana observed in the last century, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Perhaps there are citizens that might dust off the Proscription as a useful tool of final redress today, for there are those, now, who clearly are disregarding and violating the Constitution, and no one needs a lawyer to see this reality.

About Michael

Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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