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 Saturday, July 17, 2004

Since it is a slow news day, you'll probably see a few different 'looks' for rogueclassicism today. The blog (and parent website, the atrium) have been undergoing a change of look over the past few weeks and it seems like a good time to start rolling it out ...
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LUDI: Alley Oop

Alley Oop's wrestling match with Milo of Kroton continues ...
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CHATTER: Postponing Elections

An opinion piece in El Defensor Chieftain appeals to ancient precedent  at the suggestion the the U.S. elections in November might be postponed. Inter alia:

And last, postponing or canceling the election of the president sets a dangerous precedent for the future. The suggestion is that we give one man, Tom Ridge, the power to decide whether or not there should be an election, and when it might become safe to have one. All this power would rest with one man, contrary to the Constitution, history and founding principles of this nation.

At the end of the Roman Republic, elections were cancelled and leaders kept in office longer than their terms due to "national emergencies." Lucius Cornelius Sulla and Gaius Marius both postponed elections and set precedents that allowed Julius Caesar and Caesar Augustus to kill the republic. Rome became ruled by emperors.

Clearly this is a bad idea. Let's not let history repeat itself.

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3.00 p.m. |DTC|The Grasp of Empire
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4.00 p.m. |DTC|The Cult of Order
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From the reign of Diocletian to the sack of the Eternal City in 410
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