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The Handwriting is on The Wall

In a Bible passage so powerful even those who don’t believe the Bible unknowingly quote it an arrogant young ruler is so enamored with his exalted position he thinks he can disregard the traditions of his predecessors with impunity. In the midst of a celebration of his greatness the proud young man calls for the sacred vessels captured when his father conquered Judah so that he can drink toasts to himself. Suddenly before a stunned king and his smug courtiers a hand appears in mid-air writing on the wall of his palatial palace. Never having seen a teleprompter the king had no idea these words would come to define his reign. He called for the wisest man in his kingdom to tell him what they meant.

When Daniel arrived he told the haughty king, “The writing reads: ‘Mene, Mene, Tekel and Parsin.’ The meaning of the words is this: Mene: God has measured your sovereignty and put an end to it; Tekel: you have been weighed in the balance and found wanting; Parsin: your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and the Persians.” That same night through an unperceived chink left by neglect in their previously impregnable defenses Babylon was conquered, the king was overthrown, and the rest is history

If History doesn’t help us in the world today it’s useless. We might as well study tea leaves if we can’t learn from the past to live in the present and shape the future. There are numerous old sayings which attempt to pass this wisdom along to the oblivious young who always act as if youth was a new invention or something clever they have personally devised instead of a fleeting possession most of us squander. These sayings include; “Those who fail to learn from History are doomed to repeat it.” “The past may not repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme.” Or, my personal favorite, “It's like déjà vu all over again.” However you say it if we fail to do it we’ve sown the wind and will reap the whirlwind.

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Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion for Southside Virginia Community College and History for the American Public University System.

© 2010 Robert R. Owens dr.owens@comcast.net

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SteveMT's picture

Enslavement is not an option to a failed experiment on a ....

national level. That is the mistake, that this country got too large with too many priorities and too many pokers in the fire that all became corrupt. People trusted too much and became lazy in that they relied on others to do the right thing, which did not occur. There is too much of everything now to deal with.

This country is like a church that gets too big. The priorities have changed, and it is time for the core group to break away and start over.

Will the result be the same using the same plan, the Constitution, without modification? No doubt.

What changes should be made to ensure that this tyranny never happens again? We are one step any from Rome again burning. We have not learned from the past because of the corruptible nature of most humans.

What to we do in the mean time, and hibernating is not an option? Willingly becoming enslaved is also not an option.

Galt's Gulch anyone?

I've seen QUITE enough from this experient, . . .

such that I have NO interest in seeing it preserved.
The States should never created this nation-beast in the 1st place. And the civilized world will welcome its fall
(as will the blind/maimed/disfigured children of
the Middle East).

What's an "experient"?


The USG was the "experient"

and one which has obviously turned on it's makers

The first step to an experiment is a hypothesis

What if the hypothesis was: People are incapable of self-rule and desire enslavement.

This Hypothesis

Is very sound in theory,It appears to be in the experimental stage already.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.



I apologize in advance

I'm sorry, and thanks for the writing, but I don't think you need to preach to the choir on this stuff. I pretty much said "duh" at the end. Plus, you are putting a damper on any activism or political education - if it is going to happen anyway.

I do find it interesting that a "history" teacher treats an Old Testament story as "history" when the Daniel story is mythology at best. But, do whatever floats your boat. (I like that one). We wouldn't want a teacher using critical thinking in this day and age.

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain

SteveMT's picture

"Absolute power corrupts absolutely." Do you believe that?

The Daniel Bible story is moot at this point. It is symbolic of what is occurring now.

We have had absolute power and we have been absolutely corrupted by it.



I guess you don't really believe what you wrote

... before deleting it!