We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance.”
Not quite from Cicero, c. 55 BC, but apparently a modern riff on him
--a great instructive irony is that Cicero was a great champion of the Roman Republic --and thus a leading light of the senate conspirators who in the name of the Republic killed the dictator Caesar --was murdered a year later by the Mark Antony faction of that same group, on the basis of Cicero being an 'enemy of the state'.
File that under 'true colors' --an odd phrase as color is color is color.
--also interesting relative to the nearby Leonardo postings, Cicero was a great influence on the 18th century 'Enlightenment' and was credited by Locke and others for the 'Renaissance' (Leonardo an avatar), due to Petrarch's 14th century discovery of Cicero's thitherto 'lost' writings on the philosophy of government.
For the 'nothing new under the sun' file, Cicero based his revealed truths on a study of the arc of Hellenic government. In the end, tho during Cicero's life yet a few centuries away , the fall of Rome aped the fall of Athens in that the citizenry's success at war and peace in easing its toil necessarily involved weakening the ethos of that ascension.