Lycurgus, Against Leocrates, 126-7
“It is right that punishments for other crimes come after them, but punishment for treason should precede the dissolution of the state. If you miss that opportune moment when those men are about to do something treacherous against their state, it is not possible for you to obtain justice from the men who did wrong: for they become stronger than the punishment possible from those who have been wronged.”
For America, the opportune moment has passed. The dissolution of the state is but a matter of time.