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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 Stirpe Nostra by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. CICERO, Part III 19th-century illustration, "Murder of Cicero." Cicero refused to allow any blood to be shed on his account and directed the slaves to set the litter down and then withdraw. His order was obeyed and he then stretched out his neck to await the sword of the com- manding soldier. He died in his sixty-third year, 43 B.C. After the mur- der was accomplished the soldiers cut off both of his hands, as these were the instruments which permit- ted him to write his bitter verbal attacks against Mark Antony. And now we learn of another of those numerous bitter ironies of fate. Cicero KARYN POLITO It was at the demand of Mark Antony that Cicero's name was added to the list of the proscribed. Cicero at- tempted to escape from I{taly, but was twice driven back by contrary winds, so he re- turned to his country estate at Formiae to await his fate. It has been reported that he said, "I will die in the coun- try which I have so often saved." He resigned himself to meet his death, but his faithful slaves forced him into a litter for one more • escape attempt. They were overtaken by soldiers before they left the grounds of the estate and the slaves pre- pared to defend their master. had successfully defended a man named Popilius in court a few years earlier. It must also be noted that advocates defended their clients gratu- itously in those days and this of course created closer than normal friendship ties between both parties. Guess who was the commanding solider that volunteered for the job and who slew Cicero? Right, his name is Popilius. A friend in need is a friend indeed. The head and hands of Cicero were brought to Rome and exposed on the Rostra of the Forum. Crowds of people viewed the remains and shed tears for the bi-utal and unjust, manner in which this most eloquent man met his death. He is known to have composed at least 107 ora- tions, of which 77 have been preserved, either partially or entirely. He also wrote 864 epistles (long letters). There also were poems, historical works and manuscripts. Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman, man of letters, the greatest of all Roman orators, the greatest master of composition that the world has ever known and the most amiable and upright man in all of Roman history. Who can do justice to the memory of this intellectual giant in a few hundred words? I'm sure that I can't. NEXT ISSUE: Sallust Candidate for Lieutenant Governor business owner and accom- plished public servant, her experience and track record getting the job done for Massachusetts families will be a true asset to our campaign." Karyn Polito announced her candidacy for the office of Lieutenant Governor and officially joined Charlie Baker's campaign as his run- ning mate at an event in Shrewsbury. "Karyn and I both know that under the right leader- ship, Massachusetts state government can become as thrifty, creative and hard- working as the people who call the Commonwealth home," said Charlie Baker, "I am proud to have her join this campaign to create jobs, improve our schools and create safer, stronger com- munities. As a mother, small I INCOME TAX PREPARATION * Financial Services • Professional Tax Consultant • Personal & Business • Year Round Service M.P. & Co. 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Karyn learned lessons from her great- grandfather about hard work, courage and living within your means. These values are important to Karyn and guide her as a mother and as a small business owner. Karyn was deeply honored to campaign with her mentor former Governor Paul Cellucci and Mayor Rudy (Continued on Page 12) Res Publica by David Trumbull Here Let Us Stop "The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop." -- George Washington's Farewell Address, 1796 Poor George, both revered and kicked around by us. He was born February 11 th but when he was 20 Britain and her colonies finally caught up with Catholic Europe by switching to the Gregorian Calendar, moving his birthday to the 22 "d of the month. Then, starting in 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 moved the official celebration of his birth to the third Monday in February. In popular parlance we slight our first President by neglecting the legal name of the holiday, WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY and refer to it as a generic "Presidents' Day." We likewise neglect Washington's sage warning against entangling foreign alliances• Even in our commercial relations our leaders, not content merely to trade with the rest of the world, have entered into binding agreements restricting our ability to control our own commerce, to encourage domestic manufacturing, or even to protect our citizens from unsafe products• Our legal obligations to the World Trade Organization and our bilateral and multilat- eral trade agreements entangle us in a network of supra- national laws that can, effectively, overturn the actions of our elected Congress and President. The encouraging news is that conservative, libertarian, TEA Party and even some liberal activists are waking up to the damage that two decades of failed trade policy has in- flicted on this nation and they are putting pressure on our elected officials to do something about it. No, we probably shan't repeal NAFTA anytime soon. But perhaps we can stop the even worse agreement that President Obama is pushing with Communist Vietnam. To stop that free trade agreement, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership ("TPP"), all we need is a majority in one house of Congress. Let's see if our "representatives" in Washington can prove them- selves friends of workingmen and women. Let's stop TPP! 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