And these men speak in this way, who on account of their trifling disposition
used to be considered friends of the people. From which it may be understood
that they in their hearts have at all times been disinclined to a good
constitution of the state, and they were not friends of the people from
inclination. For how comes it to pass that those men who were anxious to gratify
the people in evil things, now, on an occasion which above all others concerns
the people's interests, because the same thing would be also salutary for the
republic, now prefer being wicked to being friends of the people?