Kennedy speech and The Life of BrianI cannot let this one go.
Partway in he makes reference to the 'proudest claim' one could make in the past - 'civis Romanus sum'.
The modern left, transposed into that time, would no doubt scoff. A reaction documented brilliantly in 'The Life of Brian', leading to the wonderful 'What have the Romans ever done for us?' sequence, climaxing here:
Reg: All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?Humour can have such value.
Attendee: Brought peace?
Reg: Oh, peace - shut up!
Reg: There is not one of us who would not gladly suffer death to rid this country of the Romans once and for all.
Dissenter: Uh, well, one.
Reg: Oh, yeah, yeah, there's one. But otherwise, we're solid.