Roman Senator and orator Cicero lived at the death of the Roman Republic. He was murdered by henchmen sent by Marc Antony, shortly after Julius Caesar replaced the republic with a dictatorship. This is what Cicero had to say about the destruction of a republic from within: “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within." So, are our elected officials just plain stupid, or is there some other explanation?