By Douglas J. Hagmann
“Veni, Vidi, Vici.” Those who endured years of Latin in our education immediately associate and attribute that phrase to Julius Caesar, a reference to his battle with Pharnaces II of Pontus in 47 BC. Caesar reportedly wrote that sentence, which means “I came, I saw, I conquered,” to his friend Amantius after the battle.
Those who managed to escape classes in classical Latin, or perhaps partied through them, might instead associate a convolution of that phrase with the 1984 movie Ghostbusters, in which Bill Murray, portraying Dr. Peter Venkman, used it to describe a battle against a particularly ornery ethereal enemy.
Now, we have a current-day allusion to that phrase used by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton immediately upon hearing of the murder of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. Upon being told of his murder, Clinton joked with news reporters between interviews, laughing as she said, “we came, we saw, he died.” Regardless of Qaddafi’s status as a dictator, such demeanor of a U.S. Secretary of State should be alarming to everyone, but especially to those in the media.
In an earlier, seemingly simpler time in U.S. politics, for example, during the pre-millennium election cycles, people might recall that the liberal left and their media co-conspirators embraced another Latin word: gravitas. Ironically used in context to describe the statesmanship conduct of Bill Clinton, the term means to act in a dignified, solemn, and otherwise appropriate manner. Anyone watching the mainstream media heard pundits and anchors waxing on the gravitas attribute of William Jefferson Clinton over all others. The term survived well into the Bush and post 9/11 years, where the media at times accused George W. Bush of not only lacking gravitas but, in later years as metaphorically “spiking the football,” such as with his ill-advised but non-offensive “mission accomplished” speech aboard an aircraft carrier.
By the utterance of one sentence amid cameras and the press, we bear witness not only to the complete absence of gravitas, but we also watch Hillary Clinton “spiking the football” while laughing about a murder that will have an extremely significant impact on the power structure in North Africa and the Middle East. The only thing missing from the setting in which Hillary Clinton had made her statement was a “mission accomplished” banner across the back of the room.
There can be no doubt that the media is facilitating the progressive agenda as many in the U.S. are stuck in the pop culture context of Ghostbusters while we are instead witnessing a Julius Caesar moment. Meanwhile, Obama is playing Caesar and changing the world dynamic to fit a larger and much more nefarious agenda in plain view of the entire world.
Where are our conservative leaders? Where’s the outrage? Do people not understand the significance of what is taking place at the hand of the Obama?
Unless people begin to understand that what is being done in the name of freedom and democracy has nothing to do with either and do it soon, we are headed for some very dark times.