Monday, August 11, 2003

Caligula

I've always thought Caligula would be a useful nickname for our President-Appointee, although I notice Avedon Carol is using aWol (evidently originated over at skippy), which is also pretty good. As for the real Caligula, the Emperor Gaius (Caligula, meaning "little boot," was a nickname given the young Gaius when his father was a legion commander in Germany), archaeologists excavating his palace in Rome have evidently decided that yes, he was a nut, just like Tacitus and Suetonius said 2000 years ago. So much for revisionist historians who have mysteriously been trying to clean up Caligula's image! As for the Dubya/Caligula connection, Caligula thought he was a god, Dubya believes he's doing God's work; it's hard to decide which delusion is the more dangerous. Caligula's maxim, oderint dum metuant (let them hate, so long as they fear) would fit Dubya and his increasingly creepy sidekick Rove perfectly.

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