A nation cannot survive treason from within

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious.
But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at
the gates is less formidable, for he is known, and he carries
his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those
within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through
all the alleys, heard in the very hall of government itself.
For the traitor appears no traitor. He speaks in the accents
familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their
garments, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in
hearts of men. He rots the soul of a nation. He works
secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars
of a city. He infects the body politic so that it can no
longer resist. A Murderer Is Less To Be Feared.”

– Cicero, 42 B.C.


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