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Why We Must Learn From History

A lesson from the Romans.

January 25, 2021

Take a lesson from the Romans …

There was a reason that Rome survived, thrived, becoming the most stable, successful, and innovative empire that lasted for 1,000 years, giving rise to the best of the modern world.

And it wasn't because they always won. In fact, they were at their best when they lost - and lost big. On land and sea. In wars, both foreign and domestic. And never more so than when their collective backs were up against the wall, and they felt the enemies' noose tightening around their collective necks.

For instance, at the battle of Cannae in 216 BC, the Romans went up against their arch-enemy Hannibal and were slaughtered, losing upwards of 70,000 men in one of their worst defeats ever. And yet within a few years, they had not only come back from that defeat but utterly obliterated their hereditary enemy Carthage, to become masters of the entire Mediterranean Sea.


They did what they always did. They learned from their enemies.

So what does that have to do with us today? Plenty. We’ve just been handed a resounding defeat by a coalition of Democrat party bosses, Marxists, violent anarchists, paid agitators, corrupt media, Leftist loons, and the rest of the wildly indignant ignoramuses who call themselves "Progressives."

Yes - they did it with lies, deceit, treachery, collusion, and blatant and outrageous cheating. And do you know why? Because we let them. We let them get away with it…twice! And now that they’ve been emboldened do you think they will ever permit a fair election again?

So what can we do?

We must do like the Romans after Cannae and learn from our enemies. Learn the same tactics they used and use it against them.

No, not the cheating and ballot box stuffing but make sure that we have the people who count the votes - not the poll watchers who got locked out while the Dems did their dirty work.

Let’s face it - they’ve been working towards this for a long time and packing the entire voting system with their partisans so if we ever want to return to fair elections we must do the same by making sure that those who love America are working in every town, city, and local office.

We must contest every office from dog catcher to president. But first, we must rebuild the moribund Republican Party from the ground up. Meaning that we must vote out in primaries every weasel and traitor who cares more about keeping their cushy job than serving their constituents. 

And while we’re at it now would be a perfect time to change the name of a party that has let us down so badly. So badly in fact that many of us might have a hard time pulling the lever for anyone who smacks of a do-nothing wimp with “Republican” next to their name.

So let’s change it. I hear the name "Patriot Party" being proposed but that alone might have problems, so what about simply the "American Party" to distinguish it from the Anti-American Democrat Party? Or maybe keep Republican in the name, such as New Republican Party, or the Republican American Party.

And who knows, after the next two years of identity politics Marxist socialism we might even pick up some blue-collar Biden voters or even soccer moms unhappy about boys competing in girls' sports and showering with them.

After all, while at least half of those who identify as Democrats do so out of spite, hate, envy, and just plain old nastiness, there are probably half who are lukewarm, brainwashed by the media, naive, and basically uninformed about who the Dems really are. They too might be having buyer's remorse by 2022.

All we need to do is to pick off a few. But most importantly we have to clean our own Republican house and make sure that we never, never, never allow Democrats to man the voting apparatus unchallenged again!

So take heart and remember to "Quemadmodum Romani."

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Ric Wasley is a writer and lecturer, as well as the author of the popular McCarthy Mystery Series. Ric has had a 40 year professional career history in advertising, publishing and marketing in Boston, New York and San Francisco. He has degrees in history and psychology and has been trained in debating, public speaking and stage acting. A large part of his 40 year career was spent in numerous professional and business settings as a presenter and featured speaker at seminars and professional meetings. Ric has been a visiting professor at Worcester Polytech Institute. He also teaches a popular course on marketing for authors at prominent venues such as the venerable “Cape Cod Writers Conference.”

Wasley has been involved in both print and broadcast media as well as writing for business and commercial markets for over 30 years and continues to consult for a major media company. In addition to his novels and short stories, he has been published in several literary magazines. Wasley currently divides his time between Boston and his home on Cape Cod where he continues to write, lecture and create worlds where the unexpected thrives.