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From political science Prof. William D. Adler (Northeastern Illinois University).

|The Volokh Conspiracy |

Thanks to Ed Driscoll at InstaPundit for the pointer.

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  1. True power derives from a mandate from the masses — not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

    1. You can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just ’cause some watery tart threw a sword at you!

      1. Romans go home

      2. I mean, if I claimed to be an emperor just because some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at me they’d put me away!

  2. I mean if I went ’round saying I was an Emperor just because some moistened bink had lobbed a scimitar at me, they’d put me away.

    1. Help! Help! I’m being repressed!

      1. A throw-away line in the movie, but it remains one of my favorite. (To be fair; I have about 75 “one of my favorite lines” in Holy Grail. An absolute classic.)

  3. About as sane as handing out power based on genitalia or skin color or where you put said genitalia.

    1. Three cheers for reforming the priesthood!

    2. Way to kill the joke, dude.

    3. I say unto thee, NI!

      1. I want a shrubbery.

    4. “Everyone thinks they ha e a sense of humor, but then they don’t all.”

      https://youtu.be/fMknMZP_zX4

  4. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
    I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
    The evil that men do lives after them;
    The good is oft interred with their bones;
    So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
    Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
    If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
    And grievously hath Caesar answer’d it.
    Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest–
    For Brutus is an honourable man;
    So are they all, all honourable men–
    Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral.
    He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
    But Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And Brutus is an honourable man.
    He hath brought many captives home to Rome
    Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
    Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
    When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
    Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
    Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And Brutus is an honourable man.
    You all did see that on the Lupercal
    I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
    Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
    Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And, sure, he is an honourable man.
    I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
    But here I am to speak what I do know.
    You all did love him once, not without cause:
    What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?
    O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
    And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
    My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
    And I must pause till it come back to me.

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