Mithridate, also known as mithridatium, mithridatum, or mithridaticum, is a semi-mythical remedy with as many as 65 ingredients, used as an antidote for poisoning, and said to be created by Mithridates VI Eupator of Pontus in the 1st century BC. Mithridates VI
Mithridates , also known as Mithradates the Great, was the king of Pontus (modern-day northeastern Turkey) who was regarded by his people as their savior from the oppression of Rome and by the Romans as their most formidable – and hated – enemy since Hannibal. Like Hannibal, Mithridates proved himself an unstoppable force, defeating Roman armies, manipulating neighboring governments, and even organizing a mass slaughter of Romans and Italians throughout Asia Minor to advance his cause in liberating the region from Roman control. His story is told almost entirely through the lens of Roman writers such as Plutarch (c. 50 – c. 120 CE) and Appian (c. 95 – c. 165 CE) who were naturally hostile toward him and his cause. Even so, their admiration for his persistence and resolve is clear throughout their narratives, whose focus is not even Mithridates but rather the Romans who fought against him. To the people of his kingdom, as well as those of neighboring regions, he was a great liberator and defender of freedom who refused to submit to what he viewed as the injustice of Roman domination and encouraged others to do likewise.
Why bring up an ancient ruler and his mythical elixir? First off, because he is one of the original warrior kings, and one who proved nearly unbeatable by the Romans. But more importantly, the stories of his taking Mithridate as a defense against those who would try to do him harm is relevant regarding the current situation at our National Rifle Association. Those who do not believe that things are amiss at NRA, for whatever reason, are wrong. Those who trust the current leadership with the task of guiding our ASSOCIATION forward, whether Members or Directors on the Board, are not only wrong, they are dangerous.
What I plan on doing over the next few days, are to offer little nuggets of information and questions about some of the information that has been uncovered from the lead-up to NRA Annual Meeting 2019 through today, and I’ll ask a question about each. Where possible, I’ll link to both the issue and the NRA response.
We need to withstand a LOT to push the fight and ensure the future of a better, stronger, and more honest NRA. Some of the things we hear are kind of bitter. Some of our heroes are showing a darker side. But if we just accept the status quo, we allow this poison to continue to slowly kill the NRA. But, if we take in the little, bitter pills, small doses at a time, we’ll emerge stronger, as will our Association.
On a lighter note, if you’re interested in where an old, fat, bald guy found out about the King of Pontus, read A. E. Housman’s “A Shropshire Lad”, LXII. Terence, this is stupid stuff ( https://www.bartleby.com/123/62.html ).
If you have made it through this far, what follows is what the future installments will look more like (I can hear your collective sigh and “thank GOD that long winded SOB finally shut up).
So…here is our first ingredient in our modern day, NRA-saving Mithridate:
There is no doubt that Wayne LaPierre has done much for the NRA, but light has been shown on many at least questionable practices and spending by him. One of the first things uncovered was $274,695.03 worth of clothing purchases at the Zegna store in Beverly Hills, CA, from 2004 to 2017 that LaPierre charged to his Ackerman McQueen issued American Express. One of the things that LaPierre has steadfastly refused to do is show receipts for ALL purchases he made.
If, as some long term and LaPierre lap dogs…oops…loyalists say, that LaPierre was directed by Ackerman McQueen to make these purchases and they were therefore more like “costumes” for NRA related events, are they being kept in a newly created NRA Costume Department? Or are they kept by LaPierre, who, of course, would only use them for the events for which they were purchased?