Last time we explored the “specter” of ‘pure democracy’, a system of government greatly feared and derided by our Founding generation, yet the definition of which is poorly understood by Americans of all ages, especially those under 40.  It was not always so, because the wise men who crafted our 1787 Constitution knew the differences between democracies, republics, oligarchies, and monarchies, plus all of the freedom destroying or freedom enhancing variants of those forms of government.

THE TYRANNY OF DEMOCRACY

I began Part 1 of this series by quoting from a very interesting article from the blog: Center For Self Governance, written by Bill Norton and published in that blog on Jan. 23, 2017.  I resume quoting from Mr. Norton’s observations:

“We are witnessing the tyranny of democracy being played out during this current transition of power (at that time from President Obama to President Trump).  Refusal to accept the outcome of the (2016) election based on the popular vote; protests that lead to riots in the streets; boycotts and calling for the elimination of the Electoral College, are just a few symptoms of being conditioned to believe our form of government is a pure democracy. (Remember:  ‘pure democracy’=mob rule—whl).

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What has always been (until recently) one of the most prominent characteristics of the Constitutional Republic given to us by our Founders?  It has been the more or less peaceful transition of governmental power from one presidential administration to the next—often from one political party to a different one. (different, at least, on paper).  That was what almost always separated us from the wild and mob dominated “politics” of other countries on this planet.  The U.S. has always experienced the ire of a disappointed electorate, caused by real or imagined vote “tampering” or deliberate miscounting of votes. But with the election of Donald Trump as our 45th President back in November, 2016, the “robe” of Presidential “investiture” began to be purposely unraveled in a tangle of lies, conspiracies, invectives, incriminations, and downright malevolence!  It has gone downhill quickly after that.

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We’ve been hearing much of late from the senile presidential imposter who lives (at least part of the time) at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in the District of Criminals and Corruption.  One of his current favorite babbling points is his assurance to his subjects that he is going to go after all those “illegal firearms” that are wandering to and fro all over our nation, seeking whom they might maim and kill.  After all, he assures us in his best whispery, gravely voice, “the Second Amendment is not absolute”, nor does it protect rights of those pesky people who have the temerity to actually believe our increasingly ignored Constitution is still the law of the land, and it surely doesn’t give those gun-loving fanatics in our midst the right to buy any kind of commonly used firearms---especially those evil “AR-15 assault rifles” that are used only to kill large numbers of people (but which, of course, are NOT ‘assault rifles’ which are for the military only).   And, he assures us in his wise professorial voice, the “2nd Amendment surely didn’t give our colonial ancestors the right to go out and “buy cannons”.  Just listen to me, he orders, and I’ll keep you safe from those violent everyday citizens who insist on clinging to their guns (AND to their Bibles and their religions) in their neighborhoods.  And, he promises, I’ll use our national capital bureaucrats to assist in protecting ‘the people’ from those evil firearms—bureaucrats who. even now, are  digitizing millions of ILLEGALLY maintained firearm purchase records in preparation for a campaign of CONFISCATION, which with absolutely NO doubt is the goal of Comrade Biden and his fellow Bolsheviks!

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Robert Taylor as Roman General Marcus Vinicius, in the classic 1951 film
Robert Taylor as Roman General Marcus Vinicius, in the classic 1951 film "Quo Vadis."

One of my very favorite films of all time is that glorious old 1951 movie, QUO VADIS,  which starred Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov, and the patriot, Robert Taylor.  You may recall that     Quo Vadis was a love story that revolved around the clash between the corrupted Roman culture, based on the veneration of a “Supreme Leader” (Emperor Nero), and the new Christian faith, based upon the worship of a “Supreme Savior”, our LORD Jesus.  One scene particularly impressed me, because while it wasn’t Biblically accurate, it did illustrate the film’s message of duty to God before duty to country.  In it, the Apostle Peter, portrayed so well by the late Finlay Currie, was walking on a lonely road, leaving Rome to avoid persecution under the Emperor Nero.  According to a tradition of men (written in the Apocrypha), Peter saw a bright light in the trees and heard a voice speaking to him.  Supposedly the voice was that of his Savior, Jesus, a voice that Peter had often heard.  Peter then asked the memorable question, “Quo Vadis, Domine?”, i.e. “where are you going, Lord?”  The voice answers:  “I am going to Rome, to be crucified again”, whereupon Peter decides to return to Rome and later suffers an agonizing death by being crucified  upside down.  (Biblically speaking, Peter did ask Jesus, “quo vadis?”, or “where are you going?”, in John 13:36, but in a different context).  If you’ve never seen QUO VADIS you really should, because high quality classic films like it are no longer produced, and it’s totally appropriate for Christian families. (It’s available on Amazon.com. and other sources on the internet—just be sure to get the 1951 version).

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The only known likeness of Lt. Col. Joseph Louis Cook (1737-1814), also known as
The only known likeness of Lt. Col. Joseph Louis Cook (1737-1814), also known as "Akiatonharónkwen" sketched by American artist John Trumbull (1756-1843). He did this pencil sketch he called "Colonel Louis of the Oneidas" in 1785.

Who, you might reasonably ask, was “Atayataghronghta”?  I had never heard that Native American name in my many years of historical reading and research centered around our Revolutionary War period, but I had once come across his English name a long time ago:  Joseph Louis Cook (c. 1737-1814), also called Colonel Louis Cook in historical records.  It wasn’t until I read his life story in my wife’s D.A.R. magazine:  American Spirit, November/December 2021 Issue (Vol. 155, #6), in an article by Amanda Taylor, titled, “Unwavering Dedication to the Cause”, that I was able to finally put his Indian and his English names together and discover a not unknown, but long underappreciated,  American patriot whose “dedication to the cause” of American liberty should be much better known.

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’Tis strange, but true; for truth is always strange; Stranger than fiction: if it could be told, How much would novels gain by the exchange!  How differently the world would men behold!” - Lord Byron, From his Poem: Don Juan (1823)                                                         

How could—why would—a man whom Americans have looked upon as one of their heroes for decades, descend into the ranks of those who turn their faces away from the torments and brutalities that some human beings inflict upon other human beings?  Such is the usually unspoken question that has swirled around the life of Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969), Supreme Commander of the Normandy Invasion of WW11 and later President of the United States.  In the first two parts of this article I reviewed the history of the notorious forced repatriation of millions of anti-communist refugees back into their countries of origin (in Russia and much of Central and Eastern Europe), which began even before WW11 ended, and which became known as “Operation Keelhaul”. 

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“The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible.” -  Mark Twain

Robert Weich, Jr.'s powerful analysis of Dwight Eisenhower's rise to power. Originally published in 1963.
Robert Weich, Jr.'s powerful analysis of Dwight Eisenhower's rise to power. Originally published in 1963.

In part 1 of this article I mentioned the fact that as early as December, 1954, an ex-candy manufacturer from Boston, Robert Welch, Jr., at the request of several friends with whom he had been discussing the background of General, and by then—President Dwight Eisenhower, had a discussion with some friends and business associates that turned into a letter that in 1963 became a self-published book titled, THE POLITICIAN.  One of the chapters of that letter-turned-into-a-book was called, “Operation Keelhaul”.  Except for those unfortunates who had survived that dastardly “crime against humanity” which occurred from just before the end of WW11 through early 1947, very little information regarding this horror was available to the American public without extensive research.  Robert Welch was, to my knowledge, virtually the first writer who had done that research and was determined to inform a few of his friends and later, thousands of people, about one of the worst atrocities  that had ever been perpetrated against large numbers of innocent people, atrocities that had been committed  by people who should have known better—the American and British military, at the direction of top ranked American generals. 

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Lamb General Eisenhower

“There is nothing so powerful as truth, and often nothing so strange.” - Daniel Webster                                 

“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light.” - George Washington

“Patriotism means to stand by the country.  It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country.

“It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country.  It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country.

“In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth—whether about the President or anyone else—save in the rare cases where this would make known to the enemy information of military value which would otherwise be unknown to him.” - Theodore Roosevelt

WHAT WAS “OPERATION KEELHAUL”?

I wasn’t quite old enough to vote for the re-election of President Dwight Eisenhower during his 1956 presidential re-election campaign, although I would have if I could have (one had to be 21 years old to vote for President until 1971, when it was lowered to age 18).

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High in the crow's nest of RMS Titanic, lookout Frederick Fleet rang this very bell three times, yelling his warning to the bridge,
High in the crow's nest of RMS Titanic, lookout Frederick Fleet rang this very bell three times, yelling his warning to the bridge, "Iceberg right ahead," on April 14, 1912, just before midnight.

A long time ago (actually in 1956, my second year in university—which is a ‘long time ago’ for sure), I took a public speaking class.  I really enjoyed that semester, and I’ve done a fair amount of public speaking since those days, an activity that I do enjoy.  One of the class assignments was to come up with a “proposal” to accomplish something unusual or difficult, or both.  Searching for a suitable topic, I suddenly came up with a “eureka--I have found it” moment (with a ‘tip of the hat’ to the ancient Sicilian philosopher, Archimedes—c. 287-212B.C.).  I had recently been reading, for my very first time, about the loss of the passenger liner, RMS Titanic in 1912.  What better “unusual” topic could there be, in those halcyon days of 1956, then to come up with a proposal to “RAISE THE TITANIC”, which became my talk’s title?  

So I conceived a plausible (for those days) idea on how to raise the wreckage of that famous vessel, once it was discovered (a minor detail that my proposal assumed had been overcome, although Dr. Robert Ballard wouldn’t find the Titanic’s wreck until 1985, and discover that it was in two large pieces).  As I recall, my 15-minute talk was a big hit with my classmates, and I received a high mark from my professor. Interestingly, my 1956 speech about raising that famous lost ship was a forerunner of an idea that the author, Clive Cussler, also developed, because back in the 1970’s he wrote his book:  “Raise the Titanic”, which was made into a thrilling film of that same name in 1976.  The story was riveting  and the musical score by the late, great composer, John Barry, was one of his very best and most melodic, exceeded  only by his score for one of my very favorite films, “Somewhere In Time.”  I’m glad that the book was written, the movie made, and the wonderful music composed.  But I had the idea first!

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And there were in the same country shepherds, [f]abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. And lo, the Angel of the Lord [g]came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone about them, and they were sore afraid. Then the Angel said unto them, Be not afraid: for behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people, That is, that unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. - Luke 2.8-11, 1599 Geneva Bible
And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. And lo, the Angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone about them, and they were sore afraid. Then the Angel said unto them, Be not afraid: for behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people, That is, that unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. - Luke 2.8-11, 1599 Geneva Bible

“Some people have made transformational changes in…human learning or in one aspect of human life, and their names are forever enshrined in the annals of human history.  But Jesus Christ, the greatest man who ever lived, changed virtually every aspect of human life—and most people don’t know it.  The greatest tragedy of the Christmas holiday each year is not so much its commercialization…but its trivialization.  How tragic it is that people have forgotten Him to whom they owe so very much.”  (Rev. D. James Kennedy, in What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1994, p. 1). 

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Robert W Welch, Jr. (1899-1988). Founder of the John Birch Society in 1958.
Robert W Welch, Jr. (1899-1988). Founder of the John Birch Society in 1958.

“I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe….Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter.  From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence.  I must confess that I do apprehend some danger.  I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing.  Make them intelligent and they will be vigilant, give them the means of detecting the wrong, and they will apply the remedy.”

Daniel Webster, June 1, 1837; Works 1:403

Daniel Webster’s last sentence in the paragraph above, pretty much explains why the John Birch Society was founded in 1958 by Robert Welch, and what is really needed to preserve the rapidly deteriorating remnants of our Constitutional Republic and restore it to its former position of respect and nobility.  Mr. Welch was a true  ‘renaissance man’ who was knowledgeable on many subjects, particularly our American heritage under constitutional law.  He recognized the “downward trend” among his countrymen of the 1940’s and 1950’s to accept the push toward ever-larger and more meddlesome government, thrusting its ever-more-intrusive, and increasingly abusive, presence into the lives of all Americans. 

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A true patriot, Bill Hahn, CEO of The John Birch Society since 2020.
A true patriot, Bill Hahn, CEO of The John Birch Society since 2020.

A couple of years ago the Times Examiner published my series of three articles that examined the life of Christian missionary to China, U.S. Army Captain, Rev. John Birch.  This young but intrepid man was only 27 years old when he was murdered by the Chinese communists in China, soon after the end of WW11, during the intense three-way war for control of that huge nation between the Chinese Nationalist real government, the Chinese communist insurrectionists, and the invading military from Imperial Japan, a war that was ultimately won in 1949 by the Chinese communist butchers, courtesy of a great deal of help from their communist-sympathizing fellow travelers in the U.S. government, especially in the U.S. Dept. of State.  Birch’s life and adventures in China from 1940 to 1945 would provide ample material for a block buster adventure movie, if we had any real movie-makers left who have not capitulated to being controlled by the dirty money provided to the Hollyweird  studios by the Chinese communist party, the very descendants of those who MURDERED Rev./Captain John Birch in August of 1945.

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While Americans Slept
While Americans Slept

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

ISAIAH 5:20  New International Version Bible

That’s perhaps the most pertinent question facing us today, isn’t it?  A recent article in The New American Magazine, published on March 8, 2021 featuring the insights of C. Mitchel Shaw, titled The Great Awakening, prompted me to reflect on whether or not Americans are truly “awakening” to the dangers posed to their freedom under our increasingly disregarded 1787 Constitution, or are so “woke” by the lies of the main stream media and their almost cult-like and slavish adherence to the babblings of the “gods” of the despicable social media—the collectivist churls who are determined to tell Americans, especially our younger citizens, WHAT to think, WHAT to dislike, and WHO to permit to exercise the increasingly nebulous concept of “free speech”, that they are essentially almost useless in the fight for freedom’s preservation.  

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Note:  A version of this article was published in The Times Examiner back in November of 2018.  The great thing about true history is that it doesn’t change (if it is true).  It may be purposely changed or “revised” or even obliterated by the collectivist churls who now dominate our main stream media and most of the major publishing companies.  But we owe it to the people of history—to the heroes and villains of the past—to the noble and ignoble deeds they performed--------- we owe it to all of them to tell the TRUTH about what they did—for good or ill-- in their time under the sun.  Their deeds made US what we are today.  And that surely includes a greatly (and purposely) misunderstood group of religious separatists we today call Pilgrims, people who are mercilessly attacked in our day by the mentally deficient clods of the MSM and the “woke” social media, as hopeless racists and the cause of all of our problems in modern America! 

Pilgrims Going to Church by George Henry Boughton

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Should Christians Be Involved with Politics

Well, should they?  That seems to be a somewhat divisive question of late. Perhaps it depends on how one defines “politics”. Should those of us who identify as Christians, particularly the “born-again variety”, involve ourselves in the often dishonest and somewhat sordid and divisive “blood sport” known as “politics” throughout much of American history, and especially over the past century or so?  Should we allow ourselves to be immersed, to one degree or another, in the “mud-slinging”, the invectives, the anger, the breakup of family and friends, even the violence that is being deliberately  induced within our culture over recent decades—and especially in the past year or two-- by the lovers of “politics”, much of it the leftist/progressive/communist version, as they confront the lovers of “constitutional government”, the form that was established for us by the men and women who founded this nation?  Is a clash of civilizational survival imminent due to this fascination that a significant portion of humanity has with “politics” rather than with “principles”.  Ah, those ARE questions to ponder, aren’t they?  Let’s delve into it.

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Tower of Babel Lamb

The "Tower of Babel" - A Ziggurat built during biblical times in what is now Iraq.

“(1) Now the whole world had one language (after the flood of Noah’s time—WHL) and a common speech. (2) As people moved eastward (from the Mountains--a mountain ‘range’, NOT one mountain--WHL) of Ararat they found a plain in Shinar (in Babylonia, present-day Iraq—WHL) and settled there.  (3) They said to each other, ‘Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly’.  They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. (4) Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth’. (5) But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower (called The Tower of Babel-WHL) that the men were building.  (6) The LORD said, ‘If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. (7) Come, let us (i.e. The Triune God-WHL) go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other’.  (8) So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city (for they had disobeyed God’s command to ‘be fruitful and multiply and replenish the whole earth to the extent they were able at that time—rather than all of them staying on the ‘Plain of Shinar’, which they had done-WHL).  (9) That is why it was called Babel (in Hebrew the word means ‘confused’-WHL)—because there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.”

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