At the website of The General Society of the Cincinnati I discovered that this is true. When George Washington "resigned his commission to return to his farm", you can bet that the image conjured of a yeoman farmer sweating behind his ox and plough was really quite different from what actually happened: Imagine, instead, the slave owner Washington astride his tall white horse supervising the slaves toiling and sweating in his fields. That without doubt would resemble Cincinnatus the Roman, himself. The Roman Republic was for the patricians who owned everything. Rome was definitely not for the plebians and the slaves.
One architectural theme of the city of Washington that we can still see today is the architecture of Paris at the time of the French Revolution no accident as it was designed by a Frenchman of the period. The U.S. makers of gunpowder came from France too: the duPont family. "Old Ironsides", the oldest commissioned ship in the United States Navy was in service in the War of 1812 part of the Napoleonic Wars. How ironic that today's neocons, the heirs to the Napoleonic tradition, sneer at the French military without which there would be no United States! The other architectural theme of official America is borrowed from the Roman Empire.
Mr. Fields is correct: With President George W. Bush and his cabal of crazies, things are going exactly the way they were planned right from the beginning.
- Morley Evans
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