Sunday, January 14, 2018

Jeff Flake prepares to deliver speech comparing Trump to Stalin

Jeff Flake prepares to deliver speech comparing Trump to Stalin

Totally unfair

to Stalin.

Stalin was not reluctant to condemn Nazis.

The best historical comparison to Trump is the Emperor Commodus, whom you may remember from the movie Gladiator. He was the man who always wanted to fight a weaker opponent in gladiatorial spectacles. An opponent like North Korea.

Dio Cassius, who knew Commodus personally, described him as follows in "Roman History" (Loeb translation): "His great simplicity, however, together with his cowardice, made him the slave of his companions, and it was through them that he at first, out of ignorance, missed the better life and then was led on into lustful and cruel habits, which soon became second nature." Dio also pointed out that Commodus loved powdering his hair with gold dust. So Dio was basically the Michael Wolff of his day.

One source alleged that Commodus "was concerned primarily with reminding everyone in Rome how strong, handsome, and literally God-like he was, spending his time commissioning hundreds of statues of himself as Hercules while neglecting important matters of state. Commodus’ gullible nature and lack of interest in imperial duties meant that any number of sneaky intrigues and political conflicts began to fester." Like the famous one between Stevus Bannonus and Reinus Priebus.

Donald Wasson, a Professor of Ancient History, added in his essay on Commodus, "Eventually, he would leave the reins of power in the hands of others while he devoted his time to worldly pleasures." If they had golf in his day, he would have played twice a week.

He "relied on personal favorites whom he felt he could trust more than the senators." Men like Stevus Millerium.

Wikipedia picks up the story: "Dissatisfaction with this state of affairs would lead to a series of conspiracies and attempted coups, which in turn eventually provoked Commodus to take charge of affairs, which he did in an increasingly dictatorial manner. Nevertheless, though the senatorial order came to hate and fear him, the evidence suggests that he remained popular with the ... common people for much of his reign."

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