DEC 01 - 15, 2003

VOL. 1 ISSUE 16

 

“A GREAT NATION LIKE OURS WILL NEVER FALL!”

A Collection Of Quotes From Pericles, Constantine, Napoleon, and Gorbachev

 

DECEMBER 1, 2003 – “Our nation, this most powerful, wealthy, and dominant people on the face of planet Earth, shall shine on for millennia to come.”  So said Pericles, the ruler during the Golden Age of Ancient Athens as he was giving a speech in 398 B.C.

The next year, in 399 B.C., when Athens was at its greatest peak, he proclaimed, “As we are a Democracy, we can never fail!  The people’s will is what makes us strong!”  Sure within a year he was dead, and within four years later his nation was gone, completely broke, battered, and ravaged.  Yet still, these majestic words live on in all their original beauty.

Emperor Constantine of Rome was the great warrior who brought Christianity to the Empire.  “Under God’s watch, we shall conquer and never fall!”  He proclaimed wonderfully, standing atop… well, what you can now visit as the ruins of a once great nation… but the inspirational sentiment still moves the soul.

Now let’s move on to more modern times, to Napoleon, who ruled the mighty French empire of the mid 1800’s, “We French are the most populous of Europe, the most wealthy, and possess an army that has brought us virtually the whole of the continent!  Viva la France!  Our great nation will prosper forever as the most powerful nation on Earth.”  You know, they still do make wonderful croissants.

Well, let’s really focus only on the truly, truly powerful and great nations.  The U.S.S.R. stood in all it’s glory in 1989 when Premier Gorbachev said, “We uphold a bold, long, and storied tradition.  Our nation controls much of Asia, half of Europe, and our sphere of influence and power is felt on every continent of the Globe.”  Beautiful!  Brilliant rhetoric for all the ages to be moved by.

I mean, a couple of years later the U.S.S.R. didn’t exist at all, but what words!  What beautiful use of the spoken medium.

Each of these nations was dominant, wealthy and powerful beyond all imagination.  Sure each made the exact same mistake of overextending itself militarily, bankrupting the nation with regard to domestic affairs, and gaining far too many enemies due to their belligerent, aggressive actions.  But because doing this led, in three of the cases, to the rapid collapse of each of these nations – within merely a couple years of their peak – that is no reason not to still look back and admire the exemplary – if naïve – speeches of the greats who have come before us.

And of course we have the fourth great nation to think about:  Rome.  Another Roman Emperor stood to tell the tale as well.  “Forever shall we live as a beacon of glory to the world,” proclaimed Emperor Romulus Augustus.  True, the terrorist band named Vandals – from whom we get the word vandalism that we still use today – ransacked Rome shortly thereafter and the world plummeted into the Dark Ages, but still, what words that moved the most powerful nation to rule the Earth!

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News

British press reports Schwarzenegger’s groping and affair with former Little House on the Prairie actress; When will U.S. media do so? A column by guest writer Jackson Thoreau

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Gray Davis Changes Strategy

If Texas Wasn't A State, Would We Be Better Off?

Gray Davis Uses UCLA Speech To Give The Moderate Independent Free Advertising

California Recall Update: Strategies Of The Republicans And Democrats Go Into Action

Schwarzenegger To Be Replaced On Ballot By Howdy Doody

Yes, Arnold Is An N-Word-Using Racist, But Did He Also Harass Ronald Reagan's Daughter Patti?

David Kelly Had Said On Feb. 27 To Un Employee That If Iraq Was Invaded He Would, "Be Found Dead In The Woods."

ABC's Peter Jennings Admits ABC Has Been Bullied To The Right By The Bushies

Osama, Saddam Release Tape Of Britney Spears

Press-Trumpeted Lies About The 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals, And The Republican Plan To Take Redistricting To The Courts As Well

Crisis Alert: Americans Accidentally Start Hating Americans

ENRON: Politics, Criminals, And Blame

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Yes, Arnold Is An N-Word-Using Racist, But Did He Also Harrass Ronald Reagan's Daughter Patti?

Embattled California Governor Gray Davis Launches "Pre-Emptive" Strike On Cancun

At Last, Corporate Media Starts To Cover Schwarzenegger Story We Broke Months Ago

Davis Votes To Recall Himself

Schwarzenegger trails in latest poll - media that kissed his ass for weeks pretends poll doesn't exist

Blair And Friends Kick The Corpse Of Man Who Told BBC Lied About WMD's - Press, Of Course, Forgets About Story Within A Day

The Mission Of The Moderate Independent: Changing The, "They Both Suck, So I Don't Vote' Equation

John S. Ashton Is Back! Rewriting The Rewriting Of History - Mud To Throw Back In The Eyes Of Bush/Limbaughian Idiots

Counterpoint: Murder Or War Success?

Nation After Nation After Nation Is Joining Our "Coalition Of The Willing"

M/I Undercover:  Racism And Politics?  We Went Undercover To Find Out The Reality

Blair's Man Spits On The Corpse Of Man Who Told BBC Blair Lied

Dick Cheney Launches Attack On Peru

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President Bush and Vice President Cheney Celebrate the 200th U.S. Death in Iraq With a Whirl-Wind of Fundraisers, Boasts of "Mission Accomplished"

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Umm, It's Another One Of Yours, George

FBI Called In To Look For Missing Tax Cut Windfall

Battling Back: The Texas Three-Step

Governor Davis Launches Pre-Emptive Strike On Cancun

From The Mouths of Republicans:  The Truth Behind The California Recall

Notes From The California Recall - Democrats Begin to Fight Back

President Lands On Aircraft Carrier To Celebrate End Of Palestinian/Israeli Conflict

Man Who Told Parliament Blair Lied About WMD's Believed To Be Dead

Battling Back: The Texas Three-step

Republicans Decide To Do Away With Elections

FBI Called In To Look For Missing Tax Cut Windfall

Savage Weiner Roasted Due To Anti-gay Rant

Let's Get Something Straight: This New Breed Of Republican Is Pathetic

Republicans Begin To Cry Like Babies, Swear Like Bullies

"Pyrrhic Victory" Officially Renamed "Bush Victory"

AM Talk Host Savage Weiner Comes Out Of The Closet

Democrats Court The "Asshole Vote"

Democrats, Shocked And Awed As Gingrich Calls Bush's Role In War An "Unrelenting Defeat", Hire Him As New Spokesman

Like Father, Like Son: Bush To "Destabilize" Iran, Thinking It Will Somehow Stabilize Region

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On The Serious Side: President Bush's Great Diplomatic Success

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Bush Admits He's Been Asking "Wrong Jesus" What He Would Do

Bush Hires Saddam's Information Minister

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Democrats Suffering From 'SARS'

Is President Bush Being Exploitive, Landing "Top Gun" Style?

Santorum, Lott Sent Back To "Two-Shouldered" School

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Bush Thanks Osama, Saddam for Salvaging Republican Party

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Editorial

A Holiday Message

What Exactly Are You Complaining About?

Ooo, He Really Makes You Mad, Doesn't He?

Does Frequently Attacking Bush/Limbaugh Republicans Make M/I Biased?

Without That Tax Cut Money, They Couldn't Get Laid - The Differences Between Bushies And The Rest Of Us

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Feedback - Have Republicans found any fault with Bush's Iraq policy yet?

Did The President Lie About WMD's?

Letters

The Idea of a “Moderate Independent” News Source

Bush's Greatest Success To Date:  Not Getting UN Support for the Iraq War

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Media Watch

The California Recall Debate

Larry Elder Proves Again To Be The Biggest Pussy On AM Talk Radio

Latest Press Report Ignores Poll, Pretends Arnold Is Still Frontrunner

Rupert Mudoch On An Anti-American Rampage

Russian News Source 'Pravda' Sues Fox News For Stealing Its Format

CNBC'S Licklow And Kissass Invent 'Miscussion'

How To Still Sound Righteous When Caught Lying And Your Policies Are Found To Be Disastrous

Debunking The Media: ABC News' George Will Calls Vermont Communist

Debunking The Media: Man Kills 2 With Samurai Sword, Right Wing Rushes to Profit Off Of Corpses

Debunking The Media: The Confused, Psychotic Defining of "Conservative"

Debunking The Media: Texas Republicans Use Homeland Security Dept. To Try And Locate President Bush's Morals

Did Someone Actually Say "Liar"?

Right-Wing Commentators Distraught Murdoch Can't Buy Whole Internet

AM Radio Host Debate a Disaster

Australian-Owned Fox News, USA Today, NY Post Push "True American Agenda"

Axis of Murdoch Decides Who To Occupy Next

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Arts/Entertainment

Ben Affleck Overheard Begging Matt Damon To Pinch His Ass In Public

Kelly Clarkson Ordered To Undergo Mental Evaluation

American Artists Vow To Continue Expressing Nothing Through Their Work

Dixie Chicks Treated With Southern Courtesy and Respect

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Elections 2004

Reassessing The Candidates

Cal Recall Update:  9th Circuit Court Of Appeals Recalls The Recall

Who Won Sept. 5 Dem. Debate?

Democrats Debate:  In Their Own Words, The Sept. 5 Debate

Reassessing The Candidates

A Presidential Study In Ignorance And A Warning For Those Who Would Vote For Arnold

Dean Vs. Bush, According To The Corporate-Owned-And-Operated Media

Make No Mistake, For One Party The 2004 Presidential Election Has Already Begun

Dean In Charge

Rating The Dems On The Issues

The Moderate Independent Rates The Democratic Hopefuls Based On How Moderate And Independent They Are

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Historical

George Pissed About French Interference With War

The History Of The 1st Amendment

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World

Fashion Critics Doubt Lula's New Look For Real

Northrop, Occidental To Sponsor Shakira's Columbian Tour

Powerful French, German, Russian Alliance Shows Strength By Letting US Occupy Iraq, Take Its Oil

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Awards

Coming Out Of The Closet Award: Country Music's Integrity On Display

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Polls

See Who MI Readers Picked For First Choice For President in 2004

See what your fellow M/I readers had to say about their loyalty or lack of it to the current face of the Republican Party

Rating the War on Terror

Thoughts On Speaking Out During a War

Has President Bush Kept His Promise To Be A Uniter, Not A Divider

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