Welcome to a discussion about the upcoming 5th Revolution in the US, which I’ve titled the “Revenge Revolution.” For more about the Revenge Revolution and the author, Entry #1 Periodically I write a “sense check” to assess whether a revolution in the US is possible or whether the entire exercise is based on a statistical aberration — i.e., a roughly 50-year cycle between major upheavals in the US. Entry #430 was the most recent “sense check.”

BEGIN ENTRY #442: This entry has nothing to do with a likely 5th US revolution. The entry was prompted by the date – March 15th, aka the Ides of March.

For those fortunate, or maybe unfortunate enough to have taken Latin, the Ides of March is a big deal.  The saying, “Beware of the Ides of March,” is associated with the assassination of Julius Caesar. Another saying associated with the Ides of March is “Et tu, Brute?” which Caesar uttered as his friend Brutus joined other senators in the assassination. Whether Caesar uttered these words is problematic.  However, the phrase has been popularized by a scene in Shakespeare’s play, “Julius Caesar.”   

After school during most of my high-school days. I worked in a flower shop. As the Ides of March approached, I thought some type of recognition should be made for the death of Caesar.  What could be more appropriate than to honor Caesar than a flower arrangement?

So, during Latin class on the 15th of March, one of the fulltime employees delivered 3 carnations dyed black in a black bud vase. Attached to the stem of one of the carnations was a sympathy card that read, “Hail, Caesar! Our beloved Julius is dead.”

Members of the class got the joke. The Latin teacher, a bit of a sour puss, didn’t.  Rather she thought the class had gone out if its way to honor Caesar.  And she loved every minute of it.

While the Latin teacher might have gotten the last laugh, as it were, the effort of having the arrangement delivered was well worth it. Every March 15th I smile thinking about those black carnations with the sympathy card being delivered to class. “Hail Caesar!”

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