International affairs have always been an active area of involvement for the U.S. Senate. The public perception is that this deliberate body is the seat of wisdom for our elders. And who better than the dean of this august body, Robert C. Byrd, to depict the role of this assemblage. Back on September 15, 1998 as part of a lecture series, the Senator from West Virginia gave the address - The Great Forum of Constitutional Liberty. Byrd sets the tone with the quote: "To be ignorant of what happened before you were born," said Cicero, "is to remain always a child." The interject of Marcus Tullius Cicero, is most appropriate, since his story is certainly - The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician.
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