You are they
That search into the secrets of the time,
And under feign'd names, on the stage present
Actions not to be touch'd at; and traduce
Persons of rank and quality of both sexes,
And, with satirical and bitter jests,
Make even the senators ridiculous
To the plebeians.
"The Roman Actor," 1630
The Third-Term Panic
( Thomas Nast, Harper's Weekly,
November 7, 1874).