Proposal for 2012 WTF Campaign Logo and 'Hook Phrase': "Sic Semper Tyrannis"
"Sic Semper Tyrannis" translates as "Thus Always unto Tyrants", or "Death unto Tyrants". This phrase is the Virginia state motto, and appears on the state flag and official seals and such.
The phrase is said to have originated with Marcus Junius Brutus during the assassination of Julius Caesar. The phrase has been invoked historically in Europe and other parts of the world as an epithet or rallying cry against abuse of power. The phrase was recommended by George Mason to the Virginia Convention in 1776, as part of the state's seal. [At a previous state convention one year before, Patrick Henry proposed arming the Virginia militia and delivered his "give me liberty or give me death" speech to rally support for the measure. So by 1776 they were deciding on mottos, flags, seals, and crests.] The Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia shows Virtue, spear in hand, with her foot on the prostrate form of Tyranny, whose crown lies nearby. The Seal was planned by Mason and designed by George Wythe, who signed the United States Declaration of Independence and taught law to Thomas Jefferson.
A common joke in Virginia, referencing the image on the state seal and dating at least as far back as the Civil War, is that "Sic semper tyrannis" actually means "Get your foot off my neck."
The phrase is also the motto of the United States Navy attack submarine named for the state, the USS Virginia. It is also the motto of the U.S. city Allentown, the third largest city in Pennsylvania, and is referenced in the official state song of Maryland. In the U.S. it has particular infamy as the words shouted by John Wilkes Booth on stage after his final discussion with Mr Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington DC, on Good Friday, April 14 1865.
Our forefathers said to King George and to Abe Lincoln: "Get your foot off my neck". The series stands at 1-1, and the other team has taken the field and is warming up for round 3. It would be good to win this next match in the series, and deliver unto tyrants what they always deserve.
fyi- Benjamin Franklin's suggestion for the Great Seal of the United States included the phrase:
"Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God."