As our government shuts down today and our leaders fail to find the common ground necessary to settle their differences, they would do well to be reminded of the words of the Roman statesman Cicero:
“In politics it is irresponsible to take an unwavering stand when circumstances are always evolving and good men change their minds. Clinging to the same opinion has never been considered a virtue among statesmen.”
I doubt old Marcus Tullius would think this is any way to run a country. To find out how he thought one should be run and what we might learn from him check out How to Run a Country.