“When people fear their government, it is called tyranny. When governments fear the people, it is called liberty.”
By Dr. Jim Ferguson
It is obvious that the Washington ruling class has little regard for We the People. The same held true in “The Hunger Games” series, where the ruling class in the capitol Panem had no regard for the people in the 13 districts (states) and revolution ensued.
The Founders of our country were students of history, apparently a topic now considered irrelevant in America and at the Supreme Court. In 1942 Vidkun Quisling was installed as the puppet Prime Minister of Nazi occupied Norway during WWII. Quisling’s last name is eponymous for a “person who betrays his or her own country by aiding an invading enemy, often serving later in a puppet government.” French quislings of the WWII Vichy government are another example from history.
Becky and I just finished Netflix’s latest installment of The Crown. I’m not a fan of The Royals, and I fail to understand the British loyalty to monarchy. Undoubtedly this is because I am an American. Our American Revolution was to affirm that “all men are created equal.” Hereditary aristocracy doesn’t sit well with me and did not fare well in the latest installment of The Crown. But I also reject our preening, self-righteous, Washington ruling class rife with quislings. With some notable exceptions, a good portion of the Washington ruling class is pathetic and some are subversive.
I admire Margaret Thatcher’s depiction in the Netflix’s series, and I really admire Winston Churchill portrayed in previous Netflix installments and in the movie Darkest Hour. Churchill’s tenacious leadership of England during WWII saved his country when many favored surrendering to the Nazis. I find his dismissal by the British after the Nazi’s defeat strikingly similar to our 2020 election. After the war the people of England opted for socialism, trusting the government to take care of them. How has that worked out? And after a pre-coronavirus record economy, remarkable foreign policy achievements, rebuilding the military and Making America Great (and first) Again, Trump was dismissed in favor of Ole Joe and Kommie.
Trump and Churchill’s accomplishments were indisputable yet both were rejected in favor of a socialist “nanny state.” Perhaps it will work out better for us, but I doubt it because history teaches that no socialist state has ever been successful. One wonders why adults want to be taken care of rather than determining their own destiny. Supposedly, we grow up, but apparently some do not. I feel I am living in a conquered land. I wonder what it must have been like in Jerusalem when the city of David fell to the Babylonians in 586 BC. Untold thousands were slaughtered and most of the remainder became slaves. And I’ve been thinking what it must’ve been like for Jesus’ followers to watch him betrayed by their ruling class and see him die on the cross. The horrific depiction of Jesus’ torture in Gibson’s Passion of Christ brought tears to my eyes and is burned into my memory. The 2020 election fraud and the death of the rule of law and our nation has similarly brought tears to my eyes.
My November 16, 2020 essay described the 1991 book “Generations.” Historians Strauss and Howe predicted America would be challenged by an external force, beginning in 2014 and culminating in 2020. Well, the Chinese virus pandemic and panic provided the vehicle for destruction of our economy, enabled mail-in ballot fraud and destroyed President Trump. Quislings in Washington and across the country aided the Chinese in destroying the Constitutional rule of law and our country without firing a shot.
I am not trying to be heretical or to imply any comparison of the persons, but the analogy of injustices to Jesus and President Trump are compelling. Furthermore, the voluminous crowds who attended Trump’s rallies brought to mind the crowds who followed Jesus and came to hear him preach. Jesus was convicted of sedition and put to death. For four years Trump was accused of treason and then destroyed by election fraud.
I’m a fan of science fiction, and, despite some hokey aspects, I love the Star Wars movies. A pivotal scene occurred in the first movie when the Jedi knight Obi-Wan Kenobi battled Darth Vader allowing the future Jedi Luke Skywalker to escape. As Obi-Wan dropped his guard he told Vader that when his nemesis struck him down, he would become even more powerful as a martyr.
Apparently, Obi-Wan had read Plato’s “Apology” which described the 399 BC trial of Socrates, unjustly accused of treason. Socrates told the court they could convict and execute him, but his death would dishonor his accusers and he would be remembered and become a martyr. Socrates was right. Few remember other ancient Greeks and Socrates’ martyrdom contributed to the further decline of the once noble Athens.
Senator Josh Hawley of Nebraska gets it. At the Homeland Security Committee, he recently stated that 74 million-plus Trump voters were not going to shut up and go away. We are not leftists like BLM and Antifa or progressive-socialists like AOC or uber-liberal Democrats like Kommie Harris. We don’t riot, burn, lie or rig elections.
Four years of baseless Democrat accusations, media propaganda, rants of Holly-weird fools and the work of Deep State subversives took a toll. The unjust assaults on President Trump culminated in widespread election fraud. The Texas lawsuit was ignored by John Roberts and the Supremes who were reportedly more fearful of leftist mobs than Trump’s supporters. However, we will “not go gentle into that good night.” We will “rage, rage against the dying of the light” (Dylan Thomas).
Trump may be struck down like Obi-Wan and Socrates, but he will arise more powerful as a testament to injustice and a martyr.
And now my prediction: “Trumpism” will not go away. I am not as prescient as Strauss and Howe, but injustice will not stand. And “the rulers, the authorities, the powers of darkness and the spiritual forces of evil” (Ephesians 6:12) will be vanquished.