Posts Tagged ‘Rum Romanism and Rebellion’

“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, 1884

Many Americans, if they have ever heard the quote about “rum, Romanism and rebellion,” have little or no idea about the context in which it was said or the object to which it was applied.  It had something to do with someone at some time way back when.

Those who know of the origin of the quote and the object at which it was directed – it was the Democrats that Burchard, a Presbyterian minister, tagged as the party of rum, Romanism and rebellion – mostly consider it to have been an impolitic gaffe that cost Republican presidential candidate James G. Blaine the 1884 election in which he was running against Democrat Grover Cleveland. 

When reading contemporary commentary on Burchard’s famous alliterative triad, what one finds universal condemnation of it.  No one, at least no one that this author has read, seems to consider the possibility that Burchard was right.

But he was right in 1884 and he is right today. 

The Democrats have been and are the party of rum, Romanism and rebellion.  In the opinion of this author, they proved it once again earlier this month with massive election rigging that, when the dust has all settled, may leave them in control of the House, the Senate and the White House. 

Over the past few weeks, there has been a great deal of commentary on various ways the Democrats may have cheated.  On the other hand, there are those, not all of them Democrats, who claim that there was no cheating, or at least no cheating that made any real difference, in the 2020 election results, that Joe Biden is the legitimate winner, and that those who say otherwise are making baseless claims and are peddling conspiracy theories. 

It is the aim of this and subsequent posts to lay out the reasons this author believes that the 2020 presidential election was rigged by the Democrats, that Joe Biden is not the winner, and that Donald Trump rightfully won the White House.   

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Then Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king.”

  • 1 Kings 1:5

Strange times these are we live in. 

It wasn’t very long ago that this author never imaged he would live to see a real-life coup attempt in his own country.  But that’s where we stand five days after the 2020 presidential election. 

There’s a great deal of noise and confusion in the media.  One says this, another says that.  For Christians, it is important to get one thing straight:  the Democrats are attempting a coup d’état

Just so we’re clear on our terms, Webster’s Seventh Collegiate Dictionary give this as the definition of coup d’état: a sudden decisive exercise of force in politics; esp: the violent overthrow or alteration of an existing government by a small group.   Some may take issue with my calling what the Democrats are doing a coup, because it is not obviously violent.  I would respond by asking, what do you call the last six months or rioting, burning down cities, threatening the innocent, beating up and even killing them?  Is that not violent revolution? 

According to a September story in the Federalist, a report was released that estimated the damage caused by riots over the past several months amounts to $2 billion.  If true, this would make the riots of 2020 the most expensive in U.S. history. 

But going back before that, what about the threats, and actual acts of, violence unleashed on Trump supporters and conservatives during the 2016 presidential election and throughout the last 4 years?

This doesn’t even being to address the obvious Deep State resistance to Trump during his 2016 campaign, the period prior to his taking office, and since day 1 of his administration.  Don’t believe it?  Here’s a headline from the Washington Post dated 1/20/2017, Trump’s inauguration day.  It reads “The campaign to impeach President Trump has begun.”  Or how about this story where Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow recounts the many statements by House Democrats, who began calling for his impeachment even before he took office.

In his Trinity Review “Why Heretics Win Battles,” John Robbins gave four reasons why dishonest, unbelieving men oftentimes win doctrinal battles in the church.  While Robbins comments are focused on matters of Christian doctrine, he comments have application beyond these issues.

I’d like to briefly focus on the last one: Christians are slow to recognize error and slower to take the necessary action to defend the truth.  Writes Robbins,

Fourth, and most important, those who believe the truth tend to be slow to recognize error and even slower to take the actions necessary to defend the truth. They lack both discernment and courage. This is the crucial matter. Christians cannot help the fact that the sons of this world are more shrewd than they are, or that false brethren do things subtly, surreptitiously, and coercively. But Christians can help how they understand and respond to such doctrinal and ecclesiastical subversion. Their lack of discernment stems from a lack of knowledge of Scripture, and their lack of courage comes from a lack of belief in the promises of Scripture.

It seems to me that may Republicans, Trump supporters and conservatives fall into the category of those who are slow to recognize the Democrats’ coup for what it is and are slower to call for the actions needed to put a stop to it.

There is a whole school of thought among conservatives that seems to say, “well, Trump lost the election, but at least the Dems didn’t get the ‘blue wave’ they all thought was coming their way; let us take solace in that.” 


Tuesday’s election results were the most blatantly fraudulent thing this author has witnessed in his entire life.  And writers who write things of this sort are useless when it comes to defending freedom.  They fail to recognize the enormous election fraud and treason taking place right before their eyes.  And one wonders, were to see it, would they even be willing to admit it to themselves and others?

Ben Shapiro is one example of this.  His column “No Matter the Outcome, the Woke Lost” is a hopeless bit of feel-good for Republicans, who, if the Democrats’ coup succeeds, may never again hold the White House.  A Biden victory would be a devastating blow to the nation, even if he won honestly.  How much more when there is abundant evidence of widespread election fraud of the sort that is a specialty of the party of rum, Romanism and rebellion.        

In thinking about how Christians should react to the fraudulent election results, it seems to this author that there is at least one good example in Scripture of a coup that was thwarted before it got very far.  The attempt by David’s sone Adonijah to claim his father’s throne for himself.

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Former vice president Joe Biden (left) and President Donald Trump (right).NEW YORK TIMES (CUSTOM CREDIT)/ASSOCIATED PRESS (LEFT)

So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

  • Acts 14:23

They’re almost here.  The most fraught elections in living memory.  Maybe in the history of our nation.

With so much at stake, it seemed good to me to set in order my thoughts on Tuesday’s elections.

Should Christians Vote?   

“If voting made any difference, it would be illegal.”  One hears this quote from time to time.  In my case, it pops up occasionally in Libertarian authors whose works I’ve read.  But this is not a Christian idea.  It seems to contain the idea that no matter whom you vote for, you’re going to get the exact same result.  Admittedly, there is at least some truth to this.  But to dismiss all voting as a useless exercise is, in my opinion, a major mistake.  Voting is the Christian way of choosing men to fill government offices.  This is true in both church government and civil government.

In Acts 14:23 we read, “So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.”  The Greek word translated “appointed” is kīrotonēsantes, which means to vote or to approve by show of hands.  Commentator Simon Kistemaker notes,

In Greek, the term to appoint actually means to approve by a show of hands in a congregation meeting. With the approval of an assembly, individuals were appointed to serve in a particular office.  In other words, the showing of hands was equivalent to choosing officials, in this case to serve in the government of the local church (New Testament Commentary, Acts, 525).

John Gill, commenting on this passage wrote that the election of elders and deacons was done by the members of the local congregation, “who by joint suffrages declared their choice of them by the stretching out, or lifting up of their hands, as the word [kīrotonēsantes] here used signifies, and not the imposition of them.”

Now both church government and civil government are creatures of God – as Paul notes in Romans 13, civil magistrates are “appointed by God” and are said to be his ministers – and as God has seen fit to establish republican government in both church and state, it seems a good and necessary inference to conclude that, not only does the Bible permit Christians to vote in the election of civil magistrates, but perhaps even that it is their civic duty to do so.  For if God has established a means of selecting officers, whether in the church or in the state, he has done so for the good of his people.  If we ignore God’s provision, we ignore it at our own peril. 

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