Israel and the World

Did you know that empires rise and fall based on how they treat the Jewish people? “Impossible,” you may say, but it’s true. A quick survey of history shows that this is true.

For my first example I put forward the Achaemenid Empire of Medo-Persia. In 539 BC during the reign of King Belshazzar the Medo-Persian army under King Cyrus destroyed Babylon. No sooner was Cyrus in power than he issued a decree allowing the Jewish people to return to Jerusalem, rebuild the walls and rebuild their temple. In fact, I believe Cyrus even issued threats to those who inhibited the Jews in the rebuilding of the temple. Because of this the Achaemenid Empire flourished, extending from Greece in the west to the borders of India in the east. But their dominance was not to last. In 486 BC King Xerxes (known in the Book of Esther as Ahasuerus,) came to power. He fell under the influence of Haman the Agagite (from whom the modern Palestinians are believed to be descended.) Haman hated the Jews with a passion. Why? Because one Jew, Mordecai, refused to bow down to him. Because of this, he tricked King Xerxes into issuing a proclamation for the extermination of the Jews. Although this extermination proclamation was later counterbalanced with a proclamation allowing the Jews to defend themselves, the anti-Semitic damage had been done, and down went the Achaemenid Empire, giving way to the dominance of the Kingdom of Greece.

Another example of this historical trend is the British Empire. In 1914, on the eve of the First World War, the British Empire was enormous, stretching from Canada in the west, to India in the east. During World War I the British army of General Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby, recaptured Jerusalem from the Ottoman Turks. After World War I came the British Mandate, which allowed Jewish people to return to their historic homeland and repopulate it. This was a historic moment for the British and the Jewish people. But again, this camaraderie was not to last. During World War II and the Holocaust, the Jews were barred from entering Palestine by the British government, (I don’t think Winston Churchill had anything to do with that.) But again, the damage was done, and because of World War II, the British Empire was irreparably damaged, and fell soon afterwards.

So, where does that place us today? Who replaced the British Empire in dominance and in support of the Jewish people? The United States. Under President Harry S. Truman, we began a long and prosperous friendship with the Jewish people and the state of Israel. That friendship has lasted for a very long time, and America has flourished because of it. Unfortunately, a menace has risen in this country, just as it arose in Medo-Persia and Great Britain: since the Obama administration the American (if it can be called American,) left has been dominated by anti-Semites. Names like Barack Obama and Ilhan Omar come to mind. Right now, we have a very pro-Israel president in office. But we’re living in very precarious times. If we get another anti-Semite in office (and a leftist victory in the next election will insure that,) America could well be next on the chopping block. Think about the history I’ve just disclosed: every time a world power aids and supports the Jews, they flourish. When they don’t, they fall, and they fall hard. I believe that one more anti-Semite in power may well cause the fall of our country. We need to pray for our president and for American-Jewish relations. The future of our country could depend on it.

Winston Churchill

To say that Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was a great man would be an understatement. He was so many things: he was a statesman, a soldier, a historian, and much more. He led Great Britain to victory over Hitler and the Nazis in World War II, only to be shunted aside by the English public as his ancestor, John Churchill had been before him.

One of the great portrayals of Churchill in film is that of Gary Oldman (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Dark Knight trilogy,) in the 2017 film Darkest Hour. I’d say possibly one of the best scenes in the film was Churchill’s speech in Parliament, in which he says famously, “We shall never surrender!”

The sad thing is, if I’m remembering correctly, people didn’t like the film, because they don’t like Churchill. That’s sad. Churchill was not just “an imperialist,” or “a colonialist.” He was one of the greatest leaders in the history of the West, able to stand on his own two feet, look Adolf Hitler in the face, draw the line in the sand and say, “No. This is as far as you go.”

I encourage anyone reading this to research Churchill, and come to your own conclusions. Also, if you like history, I would recommend his history books to you: A History of the English Speaking Peoples, the Second World War, Marlborough: His Life and Times etc. I should warn you, however, some of those books are only for avid readers, who could easily finish Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

In closing, just let me say again, if you don’t know Churchill (and, admittedly, even I don’t know much about him,) just read some biographies of him. You may find it, not only enlightening, but maybe even entertaining.

The Fall of America?

So, for all those who say that America is Rome all over again, may I humbly say this: you are only partially correct. We are all the worst empires in history: Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Soviet Russia, all rolled into one. We are literally doing what the Bolsheviks did in Russia: we are tearing down hundreds of statues. There is actually a photograph of people during the Russian Revolution wrapping ropes around a statue of Czar Alexander III in order that they might pull it down. Is that or is that not what these revisionist ding-dongs are doing?! Please excuse my language, but I don’t know what else to call them. They are evil people!

Things have officially gotten out of hand. Now their tearing down statues of ULYSIS S. GRANT! I have my own views on him, which I will not state here, but to most people, isn’t he the one who led the army that ended slavery?

This country is falling to pieces. Police are being attacked all over the country. National monuments are being torn down. People are rioting in the streets. America used to be the greatest country on earth. What in name of Mike happened? I’ll tell you what happened: the 1960s happened. And now the hippies are officially running the country! They are capable of more harm than people in the ‘60s may have realized.

Dear God Almighty, I don’t know what to do! I don’t want this country to fall, but it’s going to one way or the other. The human side of me, (and perhaps the ignorant side,) says, “Just let our enemies come in and brutalize this country.” Again I don’t want this country to fall, but we’re tearing it apart anyway! And frankly I speak with King David when I say, “I would rather fall into the hands of God than into the hands of men.” Lord, what will you do?

The First Amendment: What Does It Really Mean?

“Separation of church and state! Separation of church and state!” You hear this from liberals often. This is a rallying cry used to squelch people’s right to practice their faith in the public square. “It’s in the constitution,” they say. “It’s the First Amendment.” They’re wrong.

The US Constitution was written by a people who had fought a war for religious liberty. You may say, “But I thought it was about taxation without representation.” It was, but only to a certain extent. If you read the Declaration of Independence you will find that taxation without representation was only one in many abuses of the British Crown. In fact, you’ll find that “taxation without representation,” is one of the shortest lines of speech in the Declaration of Independence. Plus if you read some of the other writings of the Founders, (such as Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia,) you will find that religious persecution was indeed one of the offences of the Crown.

“That’s all well and good,” you might say. “But what does this have to do with the First Amendment?” Simply put, our forefathers did not fight for religious liberty just to squelch it in the laws of this land. Nowhere in the US Constitution will you find “separation of church and state.” Instead, you will find this:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Now, do you see “separation of church and state” anywhere in that amendment? I sure don’t. What I do see is that our Founding Fathers didn’t want an established church, (as there was in England.) They didn’t fight against one religious establishment just to establish another.

So there you have it. Separation of church and state is not in the Constitution. And even in the places you will find it, you have to take into account it’s context.

I hope this was helpful to you. And I would definitely advise you to study closely the history of our nation, particularly the writings of our Founding Fathers, (and, sorry to disappoint, but Abraham Lincoln is not one of them.) I hope you’ll take my words into account and look into these things yourself. In fact I implore you to do so. The future of our country may depend on it.

The End of Peace in Europe 1853-1878

Some historians will tell you that the Peace of Vienna lasted from the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, (that is, 99 years.) Some historians actually believe that. But I contend that the Peace of Vienna didn’t last that long. Instead, I contend that it lasted for about half a century.

You see, while there may not have been a general European war between 1815 and 1914, there was still lots of strife. There were many smaller wars. In the words of Russian historian Alexis Troubetzkoy:

“In the forty years preceding Crimea none of the great European powers had fought each other, but in less than twenty-five years following that struggle Europe suffered five great wars: Franco-Austrian (1859), Danish-Austro/Prussian (1864), Austro-Prussian (1866), Franco-Prussian (1870), and Russo-Turkish (1878).

With this statement in mind, the European peace was shattered, not by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, but by the Anglo-Franco-Turkish invasion of Russia in 1854.

In reality, can there really be peace until the coming of Christ? Secularists may tell you there can be, but judging by Troubetzkoy’s statement, there is most likely no chance of peace until Jesus returns.

Colonial Williamsburg

For the longest time I didn’t know what I wanted to do for work. We’ve been working with Vocational Rehabilitation to try and find me a job. As many of you know, I’m a sucker for history, at this point especially American history. And the good news? I think I finally may have found a job I’d like to work toward: I’d like to work at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.

Interesting thing about Virginia: if you like American history, this is the place for you. English colonialism started here with Jamestown in 1607, some of the important events of the American Revolution happened there, many of our most prominent Founding Fathers, (such as George Washington and Patrick Henry,) were Virginians, and it was the starting place and ending place of the War Between the States, (or “the American Civil War” even though it wasn’t really a civil war.)

But back to Williamsburg. Some say it was where the American ideas of independence “took root.” I don’t know how that is, but it would be interesting to find out. I’d like to visit Williamsburg someday, and see whether it’s a place I’d like to work in future. I haven’t been to many historic places other than Gettysburg, the Rendezvous in Vincennes, Indiana, and the Brooksville Raid here in Brooksville, Florida. I hope to visit Williamsburg someday soon.

American History

I’ve decided to start studying American history. Not that I haven’t already been studying it for the Physician, but it would be good to study it more. One of the historians I hope to use (not for the musical, but for my own information,) is David Barton, who brings out the faith in Jesus Christ that drove our Founding Fathers to do what they did.

Of course, David Barton can’t be the only historian I use. I’m also going to be reading some books by Joseph J. Ellis. There are two books by him that I’m going to read: Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation and Revolutionary Summer: the Birth of American Independence. They’re short books, and hopefully will be very informative.

I’ve pretty much finished my research for the musical I’m writing. All that needs to happen now is the information needs to be submitted to the directors and they need to find out whether or not this is something that Live Oak Theatre can do. Hopefully we can work something out.

Roman History

The history that I hope to get into soon is Roman history, (as I may have said before.) I’ve found many books on Roman history which look interesting. One book is the Defeat of Rome: Crassus, Carrhae, and the Invasion of the East. Apparently it’s about a Roman campaign in the east where Proconsul Marcus Crassus and 36,000 legionaries were decisively defeated by the Parthians. It’s not a campaign that’s been covered much. Most historians have focused on the civil war between Julius Caesar and Pompey. It sounds like an interesting book, so I hope to get it at some point. But one thing that needs to be done is I need to read Rome and Carthage and Rome at War with Rome. One of those books is on the Punic Wars and the other is on one of Rome’s civil wars. So hopefully sometime I can get into the study of Roman history, and hopefully it’s interesting.

“The Physician: A Musical on the Life of Dr. Joseph Warren, America’s Forgotten Founding Father”

So, I just finished another chapter in the book, (actually one of the books,) I’m reading for my research into the life and times of Dr. Joseph Warren. I may have written about this before, but I’m writing about it again. Dr. Warren is a name that few who took American history in school will recognize, because he may not be all that well known outside academic circles, (or even, sometimes, within them.) As I may have said before, he is a vital character in the early history of the American Revolution. So it’s a good thing that this musical came to mind. He is a man who needs to be recognized in history as one of the leading Patriots of the American Revolution.

Probably the reason so few people know about him is because he died early on in the war. He was shot just below his eye at the Battle of Bunker Hill, (which I just finished reading about.) That’s going to be one of the key scenes in the musical.

One scene that’s going to be fictitious, (not all the musical can be 100% historically accurate, or it won’t be interesting. This is a musical, not a mere history lesson, although I hope it will be educational for people.) The scene is going to involve a sword fight inside a church. I really hope this is a scene that will work. It will involve a fictitious character, (a minor character who is going to die,) and Major John Pitcairn. It looks really good inside my head, and I hope it will work.

So that’s one of the things I’m up to. Again I hope this musical will work.

The Little Mermaid

The cast meeting for the Little Mermaid was on Tuesday night at Live Oak Theatre and I listened to the soundtrack for the musical yesterday. Hopefully this will be a good musical. It’s the first time I know of that Live Oak has done a Disney musical. I haven’t seen the Little Mermaid in years, so in a way this is a re-introduction to me.

I’m just in the ensemble for this one, but that’s okay. That’s what I wanted to do. I believe the first rehearsal for the musical is tonight. Hopefully this will be a fun musical.