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Why Cato?

Cato was the name I chose for a multitude of reasons.

Cato the Younger http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cato_the_Younger was a Roman senator in the last days of the Republic.  He warned his fellow Romans of the danger Caesar posed to the Republic and fought to save it.  He also despised the omnipresent corruption of the elites.

I also chose Cato because he has long served as a muse to Americans with republican (not Republican) principles, from Samuel Adams, also known as the American Cato, Cato’s Letters http://classicliberal.tripod.com/cato/, actually written by Englishmen, but which served as inspiration for the American rebellion, and Joseph Addison’s play Cato, A Tragedy, which was a favorite of George Washington’s, and may have inspired many of the most famous quotes of the Revolutionary Era.

Like Cato, Adams, and the American Revolutionaries, I feel that we live in a very dangerous time.  Creeping tyranny is a very real threat, and our basic liberties are very much threatened.  Yelling at the television is no longer enough.  This lonely blog is little and not especially public, but at least I am no longer silent.

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