segunda-feira, 7 de novembro de 2016

Contention in Victory, Dignity in Defeat, Fury if Cheated!

Whatever the result of this elections, there is a main task to be accomplished. The Republican Party needs to be rebuild. Around 200 years BC, Roman legions were fighting a merciless war, in what are today the mountains of Serra da Estrela and the plains of Alentejo.
Their enemy was a "very strange people" that, according to a letter to the emperor, sent by Roman general Galba, "does not accept to be ruled and it's not able to rule themselves". That people were the Lusitanians, ancestors of my people, the Portuguese, resisting to Rome in Iberia, which is today the territory of Portugal and Spain.
The Lustanian leader, Viriatus, was one of the most successful generals to ever have opposed the powerful Roman legions. During the decades he fought the Roman empire, he was defeated in battle only once.
On 131 BC, Viriatus sent three of his trusted aids, Audax, Ditalcus and Minurus, to the camp of Quintus Servilius Caepio, Iberia's Governor and military commander. They had instructions to try to negotiate a peace agreement with the Roman general.
But Quintus Servilius Caepio bribed the three ambassadors. They returned to Viriatus camp and killed him, while he was sleeping. Then, they went back to the governor of Iberia and ask him the payment for their services.
Quintus Servilius Caepio gave them an answer that is still widely used, nowadays, in Portugal: "Rome does not pay to the assassins of their own generals".
The Republican Party must gather and expel from it's ranks the so many candidates to assassins of their general, Donald Trump. People like Paul Ryan has no place in that party. And the man best suited to organize and carry forward this cleaning task is Ted Cruz.

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