Skip to comments.We Picked The Wrong Roman Dictator
Posted on 06/14/2011 2:22:06 AM PDT by billflax
America has lost its way. My hometown was named for the Society of the Cincinnati. In ancient Rome, citizen-general Cincinnatus put down his plow to save his nation. When the battle was won, he declined a crown and returned to his farm. His self-restraint in the face of overwhelming temptation bequeathed to Rome several centuries of limited, republican government.
George Washington exhibited similar virtue after our independence. He too could have been king, but his self-denial enabled the rule of law to triumph over the rule of men. Our revolution was largely fought to settle the timeless question of whether government is answerable to the law protecting the rights of its constituents - or - are the people subject to government with a malleable Constitution bending to political pleasure.
America once enjoyed a constitutional republic where property rights were sacrosanct, contracts were conscientiously enforced and markets prevailed. Secure property rights channeled our energies into productive enterprise via the profit motive. An impartial application of the law encouraged market development which enhanced specialization and America's hallmark: an innovative spirit propelling higher living standards for all.
Freedom and prosperity are inexorably linked. Government constrained by law and limited by checks and balances, between both branches and levels of government, birthed an economic juggernaut. Yet, another Roman general has indirectly put a more pronounced stamp on our economy.
Fabius . . .
(Excerpt) Read more at realclearmarkets.com ...
And still excerpting your own work, eh?
Miami grad. Thanks for reading.
Thanks, Bill. Cogent and relevant-much better than your average MSM opinion piece. I got all the good info on Keynes and Shaw without having to listen to Glenn Beck.
Bamalamadingdong would have taken the crown.
Problem is we would have lost the war under his leadership, so it wouldn’t have been offered.
LOL. I love Beck but sometimes especially when he goes off on the religious stuff for too long I need to take a break from him.
My favorite Mormon is taking a permanent vacation from Fox News and moving to Texas.
He should quote Davy Crockett for the last thing he says on his last show.
Gotta bump that hit count
What was it Davy said? You can all go to he**, I’m going to Texas?
I'd like to read it too.
How about posting the rest of it?
Ooh! Good one!
“I’d like to read it too.”
So read it. The means is at your disposal. Or dont read it. Why do you suppose anyone else cares?
Fear not those of you who would begrudge an author being paid for his efforts I profit nothing. I defend capitalism for free. Neither RealClearMarkets nor Forbes pays me per hit or via any other measure.
I write for the same reason I enlisted on my 18th birthday and left for boot-camp the weekend of HS graduation. Because freedom is worth defending and the message is worth spreading.
But watch out you vigilant profit preventers another RCM article is posted today defending the free market. Theres No Iniquity In Income Inequality.
Youre free to click or not click. It is your choice. My only gain is the bemusement of watching some of your reactions.
And that profit has already been gained.
So post it.
I defend capitalism for free.
Then why excerpt? Why not post the full content?
another RCM article is posted today defending the free market
Yes, I've seen it. It too is needlessly excerpted.
You are a common blogpimp.
Thanks for the advice on how “to do much better work.” I didn't know you'd even read it.
Please explain though how I'm “directing” traffic anywhere? All I've done is extend you an offer. A choice you and others can take or leave at your discretion.
As for local customs, before my first post, I visited this site many times for years. It's an excellent site. What you find is many threads contain an excerpt and link.
Then when you post a thread it very obviously welcomes excerpting and linking. Why do links back to Forbes or RealClearMarkets bother you so much?
For the first ten or so threads (sorry didn't count) when submitting it indicated that the thread was pending moderator approval. That the moderators posted every thread without issue is a pretty good indicator they are OK with my posts.
Maybe I'm misinterpreting things.
If a moderator tells me not to post or to do so in a different manner, I will gladly follow their instructions. Otherwise, given how well the editor of Forbes/RCM has treated me, I'm going to continue as I've been out of loyalty.
If you look at the featured op-eds on Friday, my resume is easily the least impressive. Yet they post me right next to the kind of economists that I referenced in my book. It's mind-boggling.
The least I can do is support their site. And since everything I've ever written defends the vision of the founders, i.e. Constitutional Conservatism as you stated, by expanding the options available I'm also supporting Free Republic.
For those interested, it's a win/win. For those such as yourself uninterested - you sure show a great deal of interest. God bless you and keep fighting the good fight.
I did read the links. Thank you for sending.
But, you act as if my intent some devious desire to wreck Free Republic. No, I post here because it’s a wonderful site. My aim is to spread a message amongst an audience that may enjoy it. To boost Free Republic to the little extent within my very finite capacities and to support my editor at Forbes.
Nor is Forbes some wordpress blog unworthy of Free Republic standards. It’s one of the most reputable names in the industry. Whether you think my work worthy of Forbes is irrelevant. I’d be the first to admit I’m more lucky than good. It’s surreal. But acting as if Forbes is some fly by night operation is absurd
That Forbes went to a blog format was a business decision made far above me. I’m not even paid. As a consumer, I’m sure they value your opinion. If you want to give them publishing advice, well, methinks Mr. Forbes knows more on that score than anyone here - me included.
God bless you!
Again, I’m not driving traffic back to “my blog.” I’m inviting traffic to one of the most prestigious publishers in the world.
If Mr. Robinson doesn’t want my posts then I will gladly forgo posting here. If the moderators didn’t want them posted - they wouldn’t have posted them.
That Shibumi doesn’t want me here - well, no offense, but that is way, way down my list of concerns. And frankly, all this was entertaining at first, but now has become a distraction and a bore.
And all this time I’ve been misreading you. It’s actually that you want me here too much.
BTW - all this blog stuff is foreign to me. How do put the other guy’s quote in italics?
And which article do you want posted in full? Pick one of the “favorites” from the other thread and I will do so.
I'll say what I said the last time someone said something eerily similar: you could always copy your own source code.
What’s a source code?
Oooh, stop it with the deja vu, lol.
It’s basic HTML.
Here’s the rub. If you do not use any HTML tags, the FR posting software puts them in for you. But if it detects as much as a single tag, then you must manually code the whole post.
I am purposely going to avoid any use of tags in this post, and the links which I’m going to give you (which show you basic HTML) will appear “hot” (clickable) without me doing anything.
Now, if I had used any HTML code, such as quoting you in italics, or emphasized with bold face, then I would have had to code those links with HTML. This is why you will sometimes see FReepers use *emphasis* marks to highlight a ~portion~ of their text. They don’t want to go to the trouble of coding the whole post, so they use a device like *, ~, #, + instead.
>>>”And which article do you want posted in full? Pick one of the favorites from the other thread and I will do so.”<<< - that’s an example of how someone might denote a quote without tags. - and the answer to that question is simple -
~ALL~ of them, ~All~ the time. (You will note that when posted in full, as you did earlier today, the tone of the responses you got from myself and ‘Gunner was quite different.)
I almost forgot. Source code.
Take a web page - any page - like this one.
Place your cursor over nothing in particular, over some white space, and right click.
One of the last two choices in the little box that appears when you do this says something like “View page source.”
Select that and the source code for the page, complete with all the HTML will appear.
BTW, I wasn’t kidding about posting everything. I’m going to take you at your word that your motives are pure, but that publisher with the vaunted reputation you keep harping about has 17 cookies and 15 separate spyware devices that are planted on each computer that clicks on the links you post.
FReepers deserve better than to have that crap surreptitiously deposited on their systems, just because they trusted the folks who post here on FreeRepublic.
I have often wondered if I click on a link here, at FR, what is to say - "it is safe"?
I think if anyone posts something here that causes an 'intrusion' or virus to those members who click it - THEY SHOULD BE BANNED and their internet number never be allowed to post here again. (Just MHO)
Salamander has been our “canary in the coal mine” on this one. She has both Abine and Ghostery detection software on her system.
Even with that, a couple of times a week, she’s got to do a thorough clean out of the bugs.
If you worry about this kind of stuff, then the “Bloggers” section is definitely NOT the place to be. Case in point. Who would suspect an outfit like Forbes would stick you with 15 trackers from just trying to read an article?
I’ve been cleaning my cache two to three times a day and I’ve ~STILL~ got alarms going off.
Will plop the biblical refutation of secular welfare up today. Will start there since it has the gospel in it and that must come first.
Now just wait until some other diehards try to run me off the page for posting the same article twice or some other infraction.
And you must understand, the week a new article is posted on Forbes it will be an excerpt and link. Otherwise, you are asking me to compete against my publisher which I’m not going to do. If people don’t like it - don’t click.
But an article will be posted in full momentarily.