Bill Federer ~ The Fall Of The Roman Empire And The Amazing Saint Patrick
The most common form of government in world history is kings (i.e. Pharaoh, Caesar, Sultan, Kaiser). Our constitution presents documentation that is meant to keep power from going back into the hands of a king, hence the check and balance three branches of government. In modern times, the Communist Dictator is the new king. The Communist Party is the new royalty, and the citizens are the new peasant-subjects. FDR said on Feb. 10, 1940: “The Soviet Union…is run by a dictatorship as absolute as any other dictatorship in the world.” The default setting for human government is “Monarchy.”
1)Fascination with stars, heavens.
2)Buildings to observe stars, heavens.
3)A king ascends the building, claiming to be the divinely-appointed political intermediary between the heavens and the people.
-This justifies their totalitarian rule, demanding lives be sacrificed for the state. (Stonehenge, Ziggurats, Pyramids)
Israel was different and had no special class. The high priest’s sons Nadab and Abihu were struck dead. There was no special treatment. Moses struck the rock rather than speaking to it. He did not get to go into the Promised Land. As Israel entered the Promised Land, it was the first instance in world history of people ruled without a king. Israeli Law and Christianity are the beginning of equality.
Harry S. Truman, 1950: “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the mount… If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a TOTALITARIAN government which does not believe in rights for anybody except for the STATE.”
In Ancient Israel, the People had
No standing army- everyone armed.
No prisons- swift punishment- pay restitution- flee to a city of refuge.
Bureaucracy free welfare system.
Our founding Fathers esteemed the ten commandments. Israel is the first country where we possess firm evidence of private land ownership. Karl Marx and Communists take away possessions and land ownership.
In Athens, 622 BC, King Draco established Athens’ first written laws. In Athens 594, BC,, King Solon invented democracy. Greek theater got the people together for decision making. Theater= Political.
Plato, Republic, 380 B C:
1)Aristocracy- rule of capable.
2)Timocracy- lovers of fame.
3)Oligarchy- insider clique voting themselves favors.
4)Democracy- people rule, but without VIRTUE yield to avarice, overspend, raid treasury resulting in chaos and anarchy. Tolerance creeps into the families and into the government. People give up their virtue, paving the way for the next phase…
5)The Tyrant arises!
Rome was a Republic. Julius Caesar (100-44 B C). At a young age, Caesar realized that MONEY was the key to Roman politics. Caesar formed a triumvirate with Pompey and Crassus in 59 B C. Crassus died, so Pompey and Caesar were left to struggle for power. Caesar dominated, made himself a god, and Mark Antony became a high priest of sorts. The Republic was now an Empire and ruled by an Emperor.
This brings us to the story of Saint Patrick. Rome ruled for 400 years and things began to change. China built the Great Wall which kept out the Huns. Since the Huns could not attack China, they went west. They broke up the unity of the Roman Empire. Rome had a lot of taxes. The entire city of Rome was on welfare and watched violent entertainment! There was gluttony as well. Attila the Hun brought on terrorism. The city of Rome was abandoned because of the lead poisoning (lead pipes) of the water. Pope Leo managed to keep Attila out of Italy. Paris was spared as well. Because of the unrest and terrorism, Rome had to pull their legions back to Rome. That left little protection on the frontier, and during this time Patrick was kidnapped to Ireland. Ireland was ruled by Druids. Patrick’s faith was strengthened during this time. He went back to England, but then returned to Ireland as a missionary. Patrick baptized 120,000 people! The Druids tried to kill him twelve different times. Patrick started 300 churches. Patrick came up with laws, called the Code of Patrick. The Vikings later conquered a great part of France, and then William the Conqueror, a Norman, invaded England in 1066 A D. Hence, despite the failure of the Roman Empire and the presence of paganism all around him, one man in Saint Patrick made a big difference.