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We are Republicans, and don’t propose to leave our party and identify ourselves with the party whose antecedents have been rum, Romanism, and rebellion.  We are loyal to our flag.

  • Dr. Samuel D. Burchard

Welcome to the first in what I hope to be a recurring series of posts highlighting the close connection between the political and economic agenda of the Roman Catholic Church-State (RCCS) and the Biden administration.

In many ways, this series is a successor to the earlier series of posts I wrote in this space under the title Rome Watch, which explored the political and economic agenda pursued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) with an eye to exposing their anti-American agenda hidden in plain sight. 

Indeed, it is shocking the degree to which the USCCB openly conspires against the best interests of the American people, while at the same time it receives almost no scrutiny whatsoever for its subversive policy stances. 

It seemed good to me, however, to update the title of this recurring series from Rome Watch to Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion in the first place, because the new title draws the readers attention to the long-running close connection between the Democratic party and the RCCS.  The saying, “rum, Romanism, and rebellion” is taken from a speech given by Presbyterian minister and Union Civil War veteran Dr. Samuel D. Burchard shortly before the 1884 presidential election. 

Although many Americans have heard the famous triplet, they have, at best, a vague sense where it came from and to what it was originally about. 

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Detail from The Sack of Rome by the Visigoths by JN Sylvestre, 1890.

“At the hour of midnight, the Salerian gate was silently opened, and the inhabitants were awakened by the tremendous sound of the Gothic trumpet.  Eleven hundred and sixty-three years after the foundation of Rome, the Imperial city, which had subdued and civilized so considerable a part of mankind, was delivered to the licentious fury of the tribes of Germany and Scythia” (Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Ch. 31).

With these words the English historian Edward Gibbon captured the sacking of Rome by Alaric king of the Visigoths on August 24, A.D. 410.   Although the Western empire did not officially come to an end until A.D. 476, the sacking of Rome by Alaric was certainly an indication of the Empire’s fast approaching end. 

As something of a history buff myself, I’ve often wondered what it was like for people who witnessed the end of their civilization.  It must have been terrible and terrifying.  One wonders at the horror that must have filled the hearts of the inhabitants of Jerusalem when the Babylonian army broke through the city walls in 586 B.C. and proceeded to destroy the city and burn the temple, which at that time had stood for over 300 years.

Reflecting on the excerpt above from Gibbon, what was it like for the Romans, and even non-Romans, in A.D. 410 to hear that Rome had been taken by a barbarian Germanic king? 

At the time of the sacking of Rome, the Bishop of Hippo in North Africa found himself confronted by many angry and puzzled questioners, many of whom were refugees from Alaric’s invasion of Italy, asking how, if Christianity were true, God could allow Christian civilization – recall that Constantine had become the first, at least nominally, Christian emperor about a century earlier – to be destroyed by a pagan barbarian king and his army?        

That bishop, as you may already be aware, was none other than Aurelius Augustine, the greatest theologian of the early church.

According to one scholar,

More than any other single episode the sacking of Rome gave Augustine a reason to write the City of God. After 410 he found exiles, those escaping the disturbing events in Italy, arriving in North Africa where he was now Bishop of Hippo and asking how he could explain this collapse of a Christian Empire.  It was their angry challenge that led him to begin work on a book which was to appear in episodes stretching over many years of composition (G. R. Evans, Introduction, City of God. Penguin Books, London, 2003, ix).

It seems to me that, although our present circumstances are in certain important respects different from those faced by Augustine in his day, nevertheless there are some important similarities.  While Rome in the fifth century was sacked and burned by outside forces, America today is being sacked and burned – in some ways literally, in others figuratively – by forces from within.  In both cases – Rome in A.D. 410; America in A.D. 2021 – the civilizations were in advanced states of decay well in advance of their sacking.  One may fairly view the two events not as the beginning of their respective civilization’s collapse, but as another, more overt, step along the way to their demise. 

The comparison of Rome’s sacking in 410 to the events in America over the past year – namely, the massive civil unrest carried out by BLM and Antifa and supported by the political, business, entertainment and academic establishments; the brutal Covid lockdowns in defiance of the Constitution, medical precedent, and the teachings of Scripture; and an overtly stolen presidential election –  can be instructive to Christians today, because many of the same problems that plague America and the West today are the same problems that plagued Rome in Augustine’s day, and the answers he gave to his critics are just as applicable now as they were then. 

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Rioters wearing Trump paraphernalia breached the Capitol Wednesday as lawmakers met to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win
PHOTO: MANUEL BALCE CENETA/ASSOCIATED PRESS

“I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.” 

  • President Donald J. Trump, Washington D.C., January 6, 2021

As was the case with most kids who grew up in the late ‘70’s and early 80’s, I was a huge Star Wars fan.  The original film, released in 1977, was such a huge hit that everyone knew it would be followed by a sequel. 

The eagerly anticipated follow up, The Empire Strikes Back, debuted in 1980.  Unlike so many movie sequels, this one was worthy of the original.  In fact, many critics consider The Empire Strikes Back to be the best of the original Star Wars trilogy.

A lot of the things that forty years later we think of a quintessentially Star Wars were not in the first film.  The Imperial Walkers, the Darth Vader theme music, Boba Fett, and Yoda all mode their debut in The Empire Strikes Back, not in the first 1977 movie. 

Now you may be wondering why I’m talking about The Empire Strikes Back, a movie that came out over forty years ago, in the context of a piece about last week’s Capitol Hill riot.  

My reason is this, just as The Empire Strikes Back was a movie, as the title tells us, of the Empire going on the offensive to once and for all crush the resistance of the Rebel Alliance that had blown up the Death Star, the Empire’s super weapon, so too the events of the past year, including the events of January 6, 2021, seem to be aimed at brining to a quick end the populist uprising that began in Great Britain and in America back in 2016.

After years of discussion, in June of 2016 Great Britain held a vote on Brexit, which was the popular name given to the movement to take the UK out of the European Union.  The vote turned out, to the shock and horror of globalists everywhere, in favor of Brexit. 

Across the pond, we here in America were faced with a similar choice in that year’s presidential election.  We could support Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate, who, we were told by all the experts, was and unstoppable electoral juggernaut, more than capable of crushing all resistance in her path, or we could support a very bad orange man named Donald John Trump. 

Hillary supporters were the blessed, the righteous, the very elect of the Lord.  The Donald’s backers?  Well, we all know they were just a bunch of racist, sexist, homophobic basket of toothless, uneducated, irredeemably deplorable rednecks, who, just like their leader Donald Trump, were very bad people who deserved very bad things to happen to them.      

But, as was the case with Brexit, much to the shock and horror of the Masters of the Universe crowd, Queen Hillary lost and the Donald and his merry band of deplorables won. 

It was at this point that the Empire – by “Empire” I mean the whole rotten basket of Deep Staters, establishment types, Clintonistas, RINO’s, Obamites, Bushies, crony capitalist billionaires, banksters, Vaticanites, Wall Streeters, globalists, etc. – began to plot how they were going to strike back, oust Donald Trump, and permanently return themselves to power.

In a nutshell, I believe this explains the last four years of nonstop shrieking from, and relentless attacks by, the establishment on Donald Trump, his supporters and about every single thing they have said and done. 

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RLL Ep.43: Conservatism: An Autopsy

What’s Really Behind the Capitol Hill Chaos?,” The Ron Paul Liberty Report, 1/7/2021.

Evidence Mounts of a Capitol Hill False Flag,” by Stephen Lendman, 1/8/2021.

Media & Democrats are launching second ‘war on terror’ – against Americans – Glenn Greenwald warns,” RT, 1/8/2021.

Conservatism: An Autopsy,” by John W. Robbins, The Trinity Review, March/April 1992.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, center, smiles with his mask pulled down as he watches an opening day baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees at Nationals Park, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

“New year, same old virus.  Masks on, Ohio.”  That was the cheery New Year’s greeting on the electronic message boards on the interstates around Cincinnati yesterday.

How is it that the government has managed to turn “fifteen days to flatten the curve” into over nine months of lockdowns, mask requirements, and social distancing with no end in sight?

From the very first time I heard about Covid and all the attendant liberty and economy destroying measures the experts insisted we follow lest we die the death, this entire so-called pandemic has struck this author as a psyop designed to allow wanna be tyrants the opportunity to enact measures they otherwise could never get away with.

From the standpoint of the authoritarians and globalists, Covid certainly has been a far better tool for restricting freedom and bolstering their own power than climate change. 

Compared to the threat of a supposedly killer virus which could strike you dead without warning while driving to work, climate change seemed downright boring.

Two years ago, socialist con-artist and Congress critter Alexandria Ocasio Cortez tried to scare people with her Green New Deal, eloquently warning people that, “like, the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.”    

Queue the collective public yawn.    

But a killer virus, one that’s not merely an epidemic, but a pandemic?  Now that’s just the sort of thing to make people sit up and pay attention!  And pay attention they did.

Nearly the entire developed world went into lockdown mode in February and March of 2020.  When I first heard about lockdowns, I thought the whole idea was so absurd, so clearly a violation of people’s liberties, and so obviously destructive of the economy, that I really didn’t think governors would actually go through with them.

Obviously, I was wrong. 

Not only have public officials – including Ohio Governor Mike DeWine – embraced lockdowns, mask requirements, business closures, etc., but they have done so with great gusto and with relatively little effective pushback from citizens who are daily having their lives destroyed by their policies.

And it’s the pretty much the same wherever you go in the formerly free West.  Some places are a better, some are worse. But with very few exceptions, not only has Covid been used as an excuse to destroy liberty, but the level of destruction is continually ratcheted up.

Just today, CNBC ran the headline “Tougher lockdown restrictions likely on the way, says UK PM Boris Johnson.” 

The beatings will continue until moral improves!

It was only in November that headlines were declaring that the UK economy had suffered the worst recession in more than 300 years. 

Now, Boris Johnson wants to do more of the same thing that’s already substantially destroyed the economy of his country and the liberties of his people.

This is madness.

It’s also sinful.

But, sadly, it’s also typical of the sort of thinking that has gripped the minds of civil magistrates throughout the West.

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RLL.Ep.42: Happy New Year 2021!
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A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; The simple pass on and are punished.

  • Proverbs 27:12

Here we stand at the end of the Year of Our Lord 2020 and at the precipice of 2021.  My, how time flies.

When I was pondering what to write this week, it took some time, but it finally dawned on me that this would be my last Sunday post of 2020.  “Of course,” I thought to myself, “it’s time for my year-in-review post. Problem solved!”

Before launching into a review of 2020 and casting an eye toward the future in coming year, I would like to take this occasion to thank my Lord and Savior Christ Jesus for all the blessings he has brought into my life over the past year.  For the grace he has shown me in forgiving all my sins and patiently teaching me, for a job to pay my bills, for health to do that which I needed to and wanted to accomplish, for the love of family and friends.

It would be remiss of me not to mention how thankful I am for the Lord’s gracious provision in my life to write this blog.  I began blogging in March of 2009, so it won’t be long before I celebrate 12 years of posting online.  Most blogs make it only a few months.  That I have had the strength to sustain this work for so long is a testament, not to my skill or smarts or energy or anything in me, but to the calling and faithfulness of the Lord.  During my first five years of blogging, I posted occasionally.  Here a little, there a little.  It was in November 2014 that I prayed God would help me to reach the goal of posting at least once a week, and he heard me.  From that time until now, I have not gone a week without writing and posting at least one article.       

I thank God also for the opportunity to resume work on my podcast, Radio Lux Lucet.  I mentioned in last year’s end of year podcast that I wanted to start podcast again more regularly.  As it turned out, although I didn’t start out the year all that well, I have managed to string together about eight weeks in a row of podcasts, so that’s progress!

Finally, I would like to thank my readers for their support during 2020.  It is my prayer with each post that the name of God would be glorified and that my words would edify his people.  With every post, it is my goal to bring you perspective on the events of the day that you won’t be able to find just anywhere.  As John Robbins was wont to point out, the Bible has a systematic monopoly on truth.  This includes truth in the areas that I like to write about, namely, economics and politics.  The psalmist wrote, “I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.”  Writing to Timothy, the Apostle Paul said, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” While I don’t claim to have greater understanding than all my teachers, I can testify to the fact that there is nothing that can prepare the Christian to take on the received “wisdom” of this world more than a solid grounding in the Scriptures.  All the truths of philosophy, politics, and economics are hidden in Christ Jesus.  And there is no other source to which Christion must repair to fight the good fight of faith against the lies of this world – and how many lies there are and how great! – than to the 66 books of the Bible.  It is from the Word of God that Christians must rebuke senators, judges, governors, presidents, prime ministers and popes for their sinful and foolish words and actions.  And this, the Apostle tells us, is a good work for which the Scriptures thoroughly equip the Christian man.  It is this good work I aim to do with each post.

Thanks is also due to those who have graciously donated to support the work of this blog.  I greatly appreciate your kindness.

Special thanks is also owed to John Bradshaw, brother in Christ, friend and keen eyed and patient editor of my posts.  This blog is much better for your work.  Thank you.     

So, with all that said, what about 2020?

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How a Charlie Brown Christmas Almost Wasn’t” by Jennings Brown, New York Magazine, November 16, 2016.

Soldier’s letters bring first world war Christmas truce to life” by Caroline Davies, The Guardian, December 23, 2015.

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Is feudalism in our future? Medieval illustration, circa 1310.

I am the vine, you are the branches.  He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

  • John 15.5

My heart is greatly troubled.  I hate, hate, hate what is happening to my nation and yet am powerless to do anything to stop it.

Mocking arrogant and hateful sinners are exalted.  And truth?  It’s cast to the ground. 

Just this past week, Pete Buttigieg was named as Joe Biden’s nominee for Transportation Secretary.  During his press conference, Buttigieg explained his love of transportation, describing how he proposed to his husband (sic) in an airport terminal.  Said Buttigieg, “Don’t let anybody tell you that O’Hare isn’t romantic.” 

I doubt that even 5 years ago it would have been possible for someone to give a speech like this and remain politically viable.  But that’s just a measure of how fast the deluge of evil has been in so short a time. 

Mayor Pete – Buttigieg went by this title during presidential campaign season when he was running to be the Democratic presidential nominee – is a child of Satan.  Not only does he practice what is an abomination in the eyes of the Lord, but he boasts about it.  Further, he encourages other to follow him in his sin.  And it this weren’t bad enough, while he’s doing all this he has the audacity to claim to be a Christian.     

In many ways, he’s the very embodiment of the antichristian line of thinking that is set to dominate the incoming Biden administration.  Buttigieg is smart, eloquent and highly educated, with the prestige of a Harvard degree to his credit.  He holds all the fashionable ideas beloved by the elite of our day.  The press loves him.  He has, as it were, gained the world.

But he is losing his soul.

Unless he repents, he will face a Christless an eternity in hell for his many, egregious sins.

And yet for all that, in the here and now he is winning.  And not just him, but many others of his ilk as well, chief among them Joe Biden himself.     

Joe Biden is an obvious crook and the head of the Biden crime family.  In addition to his own private crimes and those of son Hunter, he’s the beneficiary of an election stolen by the Democratic party machine.  For all his evil, he is set to be rewarded by being inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States a month from today.

And while Joe Biden goes from strength to strength, Donald Trump and his supports go from failure to failure. 

Bill Barr, Trump’s Attorney General, said there was no evidence of election fraud sufficient to have made a difference in the outcome of the election. 

All the court cases have been a bust.  The Supreme Court, the strong tower in which conservatives put their trust, dismissed the suit brought by the Texas Attorney General with a backhanded slap. 

Last week, Republican Mitch McConnell, the Majority Leader in the Senate, congratulated Joe Biden on his victory in the Electoral College vote.

In short, all the governmental machinery of the establishment has declared that Biden will be the next president, and there seems to be nothing to stop it at this point. 

I have prayed that it would not come to this, but, at least as of this writing, a Biden presidency seems inevitable. 

This does not mean that Christians ought not continue to pray.  Perhaps by some means a Biden or Harris inauguration can be prevented.  January 6th is the final step in the Constitutional electoral process, where Congress finalizes the vote of the Electoral College.  What happens if Trump supporters show up in force in Washington D.C. that day?  I don’t know. 

But given the failures of the Trump legal team so far and the momentum behind Biden, a Biden presidency appears inevitable as well as all the evils that will come with it.

How did it come to this? 

Why do the bad guys win?

Some Christian commentators I heard seem to be of the opinion that evil can’t triumph.  They rightly see Joe Biden as evil and, at least if I’m hearing them correctly, seem to think for that reason he can’t carry the day. 

But in this fallen world, sometimes evil does win temporary victories.  This isn’t speculation.  You can see this right in the pages of Scripture. 

God used the Philistines and other heathen nations to subject Israel from time to time as punishment for their sins.  Things eventually got so bad that the Lord used the wicked nations of Assyria and Babylon to take the Jews into captivity for their rebellion against him. 

In the New Testament, Satan won what he thought was a victory with the death of Christ on the cross.  His victory proved short lived.

If evil can triumph in the Scriptures, it should come as no surprise that evil can score victories in our own day.  Even a brief review of recent history should show anyone just how far from the paths of righteousness governments can stray.  The Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Communist China are but of few of the evil regimes in recent times. 

All this leads to the question, so why do the bad guys win?

We know that all of history is in the hands of God, and that nothing happens apart from his willing it to happen.  God did not merely allow Joseph Stalin to carry out his reign of terror, he caused it to happen as part of his eternal decree. 

But while appealing to the decrees of God is appropriate, usually when people wonder why it is that evil sometimes wins the day, they’re looking for something more specific.

In the Old Testament, God often used prophets to explain the reason such and such a disaster had befallen his people. 

Today, we don’t have prophets, but we do have the Word of God which gives us example after example of how God deals with nations and their rulers and how he uses them for his own purposes. 

While I don’t pretend to have the exact answer why Joe Biden stands at the precipice of the presidency, but we can look at the Scriptures for some clues why this may be the case.

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“Nearly 8 million have fallen into poverty since the summer”: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/12/16/poverty-rising/

Travel, in my mind, is synonymous with growth and adventure”: https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/1339260092575846400?s=20

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