Rome and the Barbarians: Who Were the Real Savages?

I’m planning an expose on History Channel’s Barbarians Rising. See, from what I have seen of the show, (I’ve only seen one episode,) the show makes the case that the Romans were the real savages and that, “it was the barbarians who opposed slavery. They were the earliest freedom fighters.”

I’ve seen the first episode. It of course makes Hannibal Barca look like a noble warrior who was just defending Carthage. Meanwhile, the Scipio brothers are portrayed as these villainous soldiers with perpetual scowls on their faces. But was that really the case? Was Rome the big bad wolf while Carthage was this poor defenseless city? That’s not the image I’d use. See, the Carthaginians, like the Romans, were pagans. And while I believe that Rome did go bad in the long run, they weren’t always bad. The Carthaginians, on the other hand, were pagans par excellence, worshippers of Baal. As such, they practiced human sacrifice. Anyone who has studied the history of Rome knows that this was a level to which even the Romans, for all their faults, didn’t sink. So who were the real savages? You decide.

Tsarist Russia and Soviet Russia: Problems Solved, or Worsened?

In October of 1917, the Bolsheviks overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky in Russia. Led by Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky, and supported by the army and navy, they took control of the government and established the Soviet Union.

The question is, which government was worse: that of the tsars, or that of the Bolsheviks?

Well, to start, one has to examine the history of tsarist Russia. And it’s not a pretty thing to talk about. To put it simply, the tsarist regime was rather tyrannical. One thinks here of tsars like Nicholas I and Alexander III who clamped down on dissent and employed secret police, (the Third Section under Nicholas and the Okhrana under Alexander,) to stamp out dissent. They were also very anti-Semitic. In fact, some of the worst anti-Semitism in Russian history occurred, sadly, under the last two tsars. Take into account, if you will, the May Laws of 1882, (laws which further restricted the already restricted Jews living in Poland,) the pogroms of 1905, (which are illustrated in Joseph Stein’s Fiddler on the Roof,) and the Beilis Affair of 1911-1913, in which the Jew Mendel Beilis was falsely accused of murder in a horrendous turn of affairs known as the Blood Libel, a horrific legend that Jews ritually murdered children in order to use their blood to make Passover matzah. Without question, the tsarist regime was quite tyrannical.

However, one has to consider this: did the Bolsheviks solve those problems? Socialist sympathizers will undoubtedly and enthusiastically answer: Yes! But in truth the answer is no! Undeniably and irrefutably, NO!

See, everything, EVERYTHING, the tsarist regime was guilty of was worsened by the Bolsheviks: the bureaucracy, the secret police, the censorship, the anti-Semitism, everything.

“Oh,” one might say, “but they dissolved the Okhrana!” Yes! And replaced it with the Cheka, and later the KGB! “Oh, but they can’t have been anti-Semitic!” Oh, but they were! Think of this angry quote from Leon Trotsky when someone, oh the horror, called him a Jew:

“I am not a Jew, but an internationalist.” (A Concise History of the Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes, p. 261)

Then there’s the prison camps. The tsars ran an extensive system of prison camps that, in the words of Mendel Beilis, were called “Katorga.” There was also exile in Siberia. The great Russian author Dostoevsky spent four years in a Siberian prison camp, and wrote about such things in works like House of the Dead.

Did this injustice stop with the Bolshevik takeover? By no means! The 20th century Russian author and Soviet dissident Alexandre Solzhenitsyn can attest to this, as many of his most beloved books, (One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, the Gulag Archipelago, etc.) were based around the theme of the Gulag, or Soviet prison camps.

I think I’ve said enough to show that, in reality, at best the Bolshevik system of government was no better than the tsarist regime, and at worst, it was worse than the tsarist regime. Therefore, be warned: socialism fixes nothing. It only makes things worse.

The History of Revolution and Police Brutality in Russia: What Americans Can Learn From It

The history of Russia is something few Americans will find interesting. In fact, history in general is something few Americans will find interesting. But it’s something we must know. If there are three countries I think every American should study, they are America itself, followed closely by England and Russia.

“But why Russia?” someone may ask. “Why should I care about the tsars and the revolutionaries and even the oppression going on there today?” Simply put, Russian history is repeating itself. It’s repeating itself in the west, and few people realize it.

In 1883 Inspector Georgy Sudeikin of the Okhrana, (the tsar’s secret police,) was assassinated by Russian revolutionary and, ironically, police informant, Sergei Degaev. Degaev went on to reinvent himself as Alexander Pell, a beloved math professor in the United States. But not before founding the Russian terrorist organization known as Narodnya Volya, or the People’s Will. This revolutionary organization’s core belief was that terrorist activity was the most effective way to force reform and overthrow the tsarist regime. Sound familiar? It should! For the People’s Will is little different from the Marxist-Leninist organization known as Black Lives Matter. Propagating the same lies, employing the same tactics, and most likely using police brutality as an excuse.

To be as fair as I can, the Okhrana had a reputation for brutality. I remember reading about the Beilis Affair of 1913, and Beilis’s own account of how the tsar’s police agents treated him. And thus, Russians in the late 1800s and early 1900s had a legitimate reason to accuse the police of “police brutality.” We don’t. We’re not under constant, 24/7 surveillance by the police as people in late tsarist Russia and, indeed, Soviet Russia were. We must, we MUST learn from history, or, as the old proverb warns us, we will, we WILL, repeat it.

Socialism is a Farce

In this country today, you have so many ignorant young people screaming for the destruction of our nation and the resurrection of it as a socialist utopia. When that happens, a nation is always a zombie, a mere shadow of what it formerly was. Russia is one of the best examples. Out of Imperial Russia came some of the finest music and literature the world has ever known. One thinks here of names such as Tchaikovsky and Tolstoy. Russia also fought against Napoleon Bonaparte, the tyrant and upstart of the 19th century, and they defeated him, praise be to God. But what happened during the 19th century to mutate the Russian bear? Karl Marx and Friederich Engels happened. In 1848 they penned the Communist Manifesto. This was to have long-lasting consequences that reach into this present century. See, Marx and Engels may have created the Communist beast. But it was three Russians, Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, and Joseph Stalin, who made Communism what it is today. When the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia in 1917, starting with the royal family, they began a campaign of terror, murdering anyone who got in their way. This went on until Lenin’s death in 1924. Then it continued with Stalin. Now, many people see Stalin as the architect of Communist atrocity. But in reality, it was Lenin and Trotsky who started all the killing. Another one of their royal victims was the Grand Duchess Elizabeth, aunt to Tsar Nicholas II and sister to the Tsarina Alexandra. They took her and a group of her friends and threw them into a mine shaft with hand grenades hurled after them to finish the job. It was HORRIBLE! And as I said, the killing didn’t stop there. Then came the Russian Civil War, which lasted from 1918 to 1922. Interestingly, contrary to popular belief, the White movement in Russia was not Royalist, but Republican. The White Armies didn’t seek to restore the tsar, but to restore the constituent assembly, (the Duma, perhaps?) But they failed for lack of organization. And Communism reigned in Russia from 1918 to 1991. Now, people seek to implement the ideas of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky in this country. But they mustn’t succeed. Communism has failed everywhere, destroying anything it touches. “Let us try again,” the Communists beg. “We know we can succeed if we’re just given a chance!” That is a bunch of malarkey. Government without God never, I repeat, NEVER, succeeds. So don’t fall into the trap of Communism and socialism. Please, please, PLEASE, heed my words: it will not work.

Christmas Carols and Historical Ignorance

This Christmas I’ve started to realize just how historically ignorant people are. Of course I knew there was a lot of ignorance concerning history in this country, but it’s much MUCH worse than I had previously assumed. How did I learn this? Through Christmas carols. Let’s start with a very well-known English carol: God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen. If you look up that carol in the hymnal at the bottom of the page you will see this: 18th century English carol. English? Absolutely. 18th century? Ummmmm…No. It’s much much older than that. And worse still, not only have we misstated the time period, but we also misinterpret the carol itself. “God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen” does NOT mean “God bless you happy gentlemen.” In the old English “merry” actually means “mighty.” And “rest” doesn’t mean “repose.” It means to “make” or “cause to be.” So the real meaning of the carol is “God make you mighty gentlemen.” Also, “gentlemen” were the landed aristocracy, which I find interesting.

Now, let’s discuss the English carol “Masters in This Hall” by William Morris. Interestingly, while God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen seems to have been written for the higher classes in English society, Morris was an English socialist who seems to have written his carol for the lower classes. The idea of the song, at least as I hear it, is the poor coming into the halls of the rich and proclaiming the birth of Christ to them. Unfortunately, some have erroneously claimed that the song is French. If you study the history of the carol, the tune is French, but the carol itself is English.

In closing, I’ll just say this: know your history. Even small errors in historical analysis can be dangerous. And complete ignorance of history is EXTREMELY dangerous. So just take some time to do some reading. Read a history book that you find interesting or at least palatable. You’ll enrich yourself and you won’t be sorry.

Lenin and Stalin

I just watched a video on how Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, quite possibly the two most famous leaders of the Soviet Union, were different. It was explained that Lenin and Stalin both killed people, but the difference was, Stalin actually enjoyed it, while Lenin merely did it out of “political necessity.”

Be that as it may. Okay, fine, Lenin may well not have been the sadist that Stalin was, but, two things must be taken into account: one, Lenin killed almost as many people as Stalin did, two, he was just as heartless. The very fact that he allowed, and may even have ordered (according to Trotsky,) that the Russian royal family be herded down into a basement in the dead of night and killed is completely barbaric, and utterly inexcusable.

We must always remember, even if the Russians don’t, that the atrocities committed by Stalin were preceded by atrocities of almost equal brutality, committed by Lenin. So, in closing, no one, I repeat, NO ONE, can excuse Lenin’s behaviour by pointing to Stalin’s and claiming it was worse. It simply cannot be done.

More on American History

A lot of people today just like to bash our forefathers and the history of the United States. Words like “racist,” “imperialist,” “colonial,” and “slavery” come up. But I think most people have had a very poor sampling of the history of our United States of America.

Now, I’m going to start with a quick survey of events surrounding the move west. Prior to and during the Revolutionary War the British government, under the leadership of King George III had prohibited settlers from moving west, implementing things such as the Quebec Act. Now, truth be told, our forefathers actually saw this as an infringement on religious liberty. They saw it as an attempt by the Crown to spread Catholicism while suppressing Protestantism. (Interestingly, while the Church of England claimed to be a Protestant denomination, it still had a top down hierarchy and Anglican priests even copied the outfits of their Catholic counterparts, wearing the same black and white collars that Catholic priests wore.)

Another thing that must be understood about the move west in the 1700s is that the population of British America was getting larger while simultaneously being squeezed against the eastern seaboard. They had to go somewhere. And so, they looked west. Interestingly, it wasn’t just the land that motivated them. Some, such as President Thomas Jefferson, where motivated by a desire to evangelize the Native American population. Now, to be fair, some of the “missionaries” that went west during the second half of the 19th century wanted to indoctrinate and assimilate the natives rather than evangelize them. But Jefferson seems to have been motivated by a genuine desire to see the Native Americans come to know Christ. His “Jefferson Bible,” (of which there are actually two,) was originally intended as a teaching tool for the Indians. Plus, it wasn’t the blasphemous, anti-Jesus document that “historians” today want you to think it was. Jefferson had literally cut the words of Jesus out of the Bible, (the red print if you will,) and pasted them together back-to-back so that the words of Jesus could be read non-stop. Why had he done this? A missionary friend had come to him and said that if he wanted to reach the Natives with the gospel, he couldn’t use a full Bible, as the Indians would read the genealogies and get confused. Instead, the friend suggested giving the Indians the words of Jesus and the words of Jesus alone. Jefferson said, “that makes sense,” and so he began work on his “blasphemous book.”

Now I will look to the move west in the 1800s. THAT was wrong. You see, in the second half of the 19th century you had, not merely settlers moving west onto what little land the Native Americans had left. You also had federal troops (and federal troops who had fought in the Civil War might I add,) getting involved. They marched west where they proceeded to butcher the Natives whom Jefferson had so badly wanted to evangelize. This is a very sad turn of events, and one for which we may be getting judged today. Today the Native American population is very much smaller than it used to be. And there are Christians among them, praise be, but they, I believe, still may be suffering for what we did to them, and we may be getting judged for what we did to them.

However, we are also being judged for what we became in the 1960s: a pornographic, oversexed, and selfish society, thinking nothing of the greater good, but only of what we want. And we have the audacity to look at our forebears and say, “We may not be perfect, but thank God (or whatever god people today pray to,) that we aren’t like them.” No, you’re absolutely right, we’re not like them. WE’RE WORSE! MUCH MUCH WORSE! We’ve killed so many babies and put out so much pornography that God may never forgive America. So, in closing, before you decide to judge the Pilgrims this Thanksgiving, take a good look in the mirror first, and ask yourself, “Am I really better than they were?” You would benefit if you tried to answer that question for yourself.

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?