Watchman Willie Martin Archive

In his oft-repeated speech in the Roman Senate, Cicero, in 42 B.C. spoke these words: "A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banners openly. But the traitor moves among those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor - he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and garments, and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation - he works secretly and alone in the night to undermine the pillars of a city - he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resists. A murderer is less to be feared."

"Once to every man and nation,

comes the moment to decide,

In strife of truth with falsehood

for the good or evil side.

Then the brave man chooses,

while the coward stands aside.

Til the multitudes make virtue

of faith they had denied.

Though the cause of evil prosper,

yet 'tis truth alone is strong.

Yet that scaffold sways the future

and behind the dim unknown

Standeth God within the shadow,

keeping watch above His own."   

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