This flag flies in front of my house today.  “Pace” (pronounced “pa-chay”) is Italian for “peace”.     I am calling for peace but we can’t have it without the promise of justice and fairness and equality for ALL that our American Republic was founded upon.  Where there is no justice there will be no peace.

In 88 BC a Roman general and Senator named Lucius Cornelius Sulla did what no Roman had ever done before.  He marched his army into Rome and used the army to subdue his political adversaries.  This was the beginning of the end of the Roman Republic which had lasted at that time for hundreds of years.

This was followed by years of civil war and at the end Sulla was completely victorious and had himself declared Dictator and began to eliminate his political enemies by seizing their property and having them executed.  Thirty years later Julius Caesar did it again and his nephew Octavian (later Augustus) did it again and brought a permanent end to the Republic.

I am absolutely appalled that our current president has threatened to use the army to “dominate” peaceful protesters who are rightfully outraged at the murder of a black man, George Floyd, by police officers.  And then the president immediately used violent force to remove peaceful protesters from a park so he could create a propaganda photograph.

However, I am not writing this article today to warn or predict impending doom because of the president’s awful deeds although I am indeed afraid of where his evil deeds will lead us.

I am writing this article in support of bringing an end to the racial injustice being inflicted on black men and women and the poor and ethnic minorities. 

Whether you know it or not, if we fail to reform ourselves and bring an end to institutionalized oppression and injustice, we are bringing about the end of the American Republic.

From the book “The Storm Before The Storm” by Mike Duncan, here is an extract explaining how centuries of inequality and injustice and ethnic strife which the Romans refused to resolve is what really brought down the Roman republic and doomed them to civil war and The Dictator.

“The final victory over Carthage…led to

rising economic inequality,

dislocation of traditional ways of life,

increasing political polarization,

the breakdown of unspoken rules of political conduct,

the privatization of the military, rampant political corruption,

endemic social and ethnic prejudice,

battles over access to citizenship and voting rights,

ongoing military quagmires,

the introduction of violence as a political tool,

and a set of elites so obsessed with their own privileges that they refused to reform the system in time to save it.”

(Emphasis added)

We are not the Romans but I see ourselves in the mirror of Mike Duncan’s words.  Where there is no justice, there is no peace.

I urge everyone who reads this to do at least one thing:  VOTE and vote for women and men of good character who will fix our broken systems of justice and law enforcement and economics.  Vote for women and men who will promise to be on the side those fighting to eliminate oppression and not the side of those who wish to “dominate”.

You can do more and there are plenty of other writers who are better qualified than me to show you what more you can do.   But at least do this one thing.

Let us reform the system while there is still time to save it.   PACE!

 

Speaking for myself alone,

Mitchell R. Sowards