Saturday, December 31, 2005

Close the Doors

Back in ancient Rome, there was a temple dedicated to the god Janus. Janus was a very interesting god.

For starters, he had two faces - one facing forward, the other backward. He was the god of beginnings and endings.

The other interesting thing was the door to his temple. As long as the door was open, Rome was at war. Only when it was closed could the Republic (and later the Empire) consider itself at peace.

Well, we don't have a Temple to Janus in the United States, but if we did the doors would not only be standing open, they'd be hanging off their hinges. We've been at war for quite a while now.

And I'm not talking about the so-called "War on Terror." That's a smoke screen, a happy phrase and a talking point to cast a militaristic light on what is essentially a social problem. Terrorists are like street gangs, people - petty thugs and losers, mostly.

I'm talking about the War on the Middle Class, the War on non-White People, the War on Science, the War on Common Sense, the War on Civility, the War on Freedom, the War on Liberty .... do I need to go on?

It's time to find that damned temple and close those doors. We are not helping ourselves or others.


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