MODINE MAY BE DIFFERENT THAN ERASMUS, BUT IS SHE REALLY BETTER?
I’m often amazed at how oblivious the general population is about the truth.
Yesterday, after barely three weeks in office, Roman Caesar Erasmus faced yet another challenge to his Caesarship, this time from American President Haylie Modine. Modine, obviously unhappy that her lapdog, Valerius IV, didn’t get re-elected, launched a broadside from left field that asserted that Erasmus only gained power because of the electioneering shenanigans of “agents within the Ontarian governnent.”
Predictably, Modine didn’t provide any evidence that the Ontarians meddled in the Roman election, only alluding to “sources that brought the matter to (her) attention.” Roman officials- including those from Valerius’ own camp- were quick to denounce Modine’s assertion, calling it “nothing but innuendo with little basis in fact”. Valerius himself even went on the record to deny anything untoward occured during the election, saying the assertion was “nothing more than sour grapes.”
Of course, this has done little to placate Erasmus’ enemies, foremost of which is Rome’s alt-left leader Viridis. Viridis pointed to a campaign event where Erasmus spoke positively of Juan Castro, the current Ontarian Chancellor, asserting that Erasmus equated Castro to a “modern day Diocletian” and upholding him to “a standard that I myself may once meet”. While Erasmus is certainly on the record as praising Castro for his resilience as well as having a certain fondness for Diocletian that isn’t necessarily shared by the rest of the Roman public, Viridis’ statement is misleading. The video of the event that Viridis used as evidence is heavily edited, involving film from three separate campaign stops at the same place spliced and put together in one film, with only the eagle-eyed able to spot the differences.
Even if Viridis’ video was factual, the video in no way suggests that Erasmus ever wants to go as far as Diocletian did and actually destroy the democratic institutions. Erasmus’ praise of Diocletian extends only to Diocletian’s “take charge attitude” and the decision to end all facades about the realities of Roman politics at the time, as Diocletian removed any doubt that the Empire was a monarchy and not a monarchy disguised as a democracy. We can debate the merits of Diocletian’s decisions, but there is no doubt that Diocletian’s attitude resonated with Erasmus, whose main campaign message was for the Empire to start acting like one instead of “pretending” like it did under Valerius.
I can understand why invoking Diocletian is scary, since Diocletian isn’t considered one of the many figures who defended Roman democracy, raising fears that Erasmus himself wants to undermine Roman democracy. The man himself also projects a very strong, authoritative persona, one that evokes strong emotions and could make some afraid of him (and, if you were to ask Erasmus himself, he’d probably say that he’d be OK with people afraid of him).
I can also understand why Modine is a much more “favourable” figure outside of Rome, because she’s a lot more approachable and likeable personality-wise than Erasmus is. You look at Modine and you see someone who is reassuring, kind, and generous, someone who’d give you a hug and tell you everything will be okay. You look at Erasmus and you definitely don’t see someone you can hug, and that scares a lot of people.
Yet, if anyone is more destructive to democracy and human rights, you need to look at Modine and move well away from Erasmus.
Erasmus has more than done everything he can to prove he is as democratic as it gets. He’s already put forward constitutional amendments that would ensure the Caesar would be accountable to an independent judiciary, amendments that are expected to pass. He’s held numerous meetings since gaining office with the Republican Consul and the Tribune of Plebs, and he’s already planned numerous town hall meetings across the Empire to get feedback from the people. He’s offered to testify publicly before the Plebian Council and the Roman Senate regarding any issues they may have with him, saying that “the Caesar should never need a subpoena.”
He’s even gone so far as to say he’ll publicly testify before the Council and Senate regarding Modine’s latest broadside and hire a special prosecutor to investigate the allegations, even going so far as to allow the Virtue Ensurers to verify the election results, even though some view that move as risky.
He’s been more than forthcoming and open about anything.
She’s refused, time and again, to allow any kind of investigation into the elections that got her into power and established the American Confederacy, despite clear evidence of improprieties. Hundreds of her political opponents have been jailed and even convicted under spurious charges, with many others resigning than be reduced to that fate. She’s enacted many laws that have removed basic civil rights for her citizens, such as indiscriminately banning and expelling Nathanites and jailing thousands of men who were merely accused of the slightest bit of harassment, with no evidence needed to convict (and many wrongfully convicted). Elections- right down to the municipal level- have become a farce, with Modine bullying and intimidating voters into choosing her candidate and scaring off any actual opposition, and that’s only if those elections are even allowed to be held at all.
Which was before Modine rammed a Constitutional amendment that requires her, and only her, to approve of any candidates for office beforehand.
Sure, Modine can point to a “nicer” America where harassment and assault, especially the sexual kind, are in steep decline. A good result, yes, but it comes with a cost, as more and more Americans are losing trust in their police systems, with millions- of men and women- stating they’re now afraid of the police, because now people are worried that even the slightest transgression could get misconstrued into a situation that ends careers and throws innocents into jail.
So, I ask you, do the ends justify the means when Modine, whose sister was brutally raped and murdered, seems to be only serving herself and her friends and not the country as a whole?
...and who really is better for democracy? Someone who is imposing but actually listens, or someone who sounds like your friend but will stab you in the back later?
Modine may feel virtuous in her intentions, but, as the saying goes, actions speak louder- much louder- than words.