America’s “E Pluribus Unum” (Out of many, one)
Note the eagle, that’s leadership; the arrows (strength) and the olive branch (peace)
The language : Latin
Ancient Rome’s “SPQR” – Senatus PopulusQue Romanus (The Senate and the People of Rome)
Note the same eagle, arrows and the olive branches. And language.
You have to admit, the Americans lack originality. They do have the 13 stars in their motto that’s different though. Maybe signifying that they are fucking dreamers? I think I know what the stars signify – someone hit the eagle on the head and he’s seeing stars, like in those Elmer Fudd comics.
The Roman SPQR standard on the other hand has the moon in place of stars, telling the world that it’s reach encompasses not just the earth, but the moon as well. Now that is impressive.
But the similarity in concept and import cannot but strike one as unusually close. If you have been paying attention, in Part-1 we started looking at just how close.
Let’s talk about the first thing about ancient Rome and modern America that strikes one as being identical – slavery & civil rights…….
When Alexander the Great (356-323BC) died, some historians thought that he might actually have been poisoned.
At the height of his campaign in Persia, he shipped 500000 captured Persians as slaves back to the slave markets of Thrace and Babylon and the wealthy slave traders there were mighty pissed. “Wo, wo, take it easy, dude,” they screamed,” You’re ruining the price structure.”
After his Persian / Indian conquests, Alexander returned with his troops to Babylon and held a drunken binge in a palace that the great NebuchadnezzarII had built two centuries prior. The drinking party was in honor of Arkad (a wealthy Thracian slave trader).
Obviously poor Alex didn’t choose his friends wisely. After a fortnight, he developed a mysterious fever and never recovered from it. Some experts say that Alexander’s drink may have been spiked with hemlock or hellebore by Arkad’s men, as retribution for starting a decade-long glut in the slave trade.
But I digress.
The slavery that we constantly like to condemn today was actually wholeheartedly sanctioned by the Bible.
There’s no ‘dog whistle’ that President Trump likes to employ. The Bible – especially the Old Testament – legitimizes and organizes the treatment of slaves and lays down rules and regulations under which one must ‘ethically’ treat slaves.
Hebrew slaves held special status in the Bible. The Jews were the ‘chosen ones’, remember? The Bible decreed that Hebrew slaves had to be released after 6-7 years of service, but under certain conditions only. A foreign (non-Hebrew) slave had no such rights however. He belonged to the owner’s family for life, period.
Biblical texts go into excruciating detail – they outline recommended sources of slaves, the legal status of slaves, the economic roles of slavery and the ‘legitimate’ types of slavery that one must practice.
The Bible made slavery an institution. So, before we pillory the American whites for what they did to black African slaves, let’s remember that they just did what the ‘Holy’ Bible told them to.
Here are some examples of Christian ‘piety’ and concern for civil rights for you. Note how they are different for Hebrews and non-Hebrews…….
If any Hebrews who are dependent on you become so impoverished that they sell themselves to you, you shall not make them serve as slaves. They shall remain with you as hired or bound laborers. They shall serve with you until the year of the jubilee. Then they and their children with them shall be free from your authority; they shall go back to their own family and return to their ancestral property.
Exodus 21:2-6 New International Version (NIV)
If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything. If he comes alone, he is to go free alone; but if he has a wife when he comes, she is to go with him. If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the woman and her children shall belong to her master and only the man shall go free.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ.
1 Timothy 6 New International Version (NIV)
All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare of their slaves.
In short, it is disgusting. The sanctimony of the Bible disgusts me. I want to scream,” Is this what your God wants you to do?”
True to their ‘glorious’ Abrahamic tradition, the other two stooges – Islam and Judaism – have also organized and legitimized slavery in a similar fashion. The Holy Quran in fact made slavery so du jour that no one batted an eyelid over it. The Prophet Mohammad himself was a multiple-slave owner, some whom he put in certain ‘circumstances’ that left him no choice but to marry them. Thus his wives, Saffiya and Maria had been his slaves and a male slave, Zayd, he adopted as his son. (I have to admit though that he treated his slaves really well and freed most of them before he died).
Judaism too had a ‘rich’ history of slavery but I have had it with these three Abrahamic phonies, so I’ll change the subject.
Slavery thrived in ancient Rome too, in the form of a sprawling transnational business enterprise that would put today’s globalists to shame. It is estimated that one out of three inhabitants in ancient Rome was a slave. They lived their lives in segregated hovels just the way black folks live in the inner-cities of America today.
The only thing different between Rome’s slaves and America’s 16-17th century slave trade and today’s American downtrodden is that Rome didn’t discriminate. You could be a white guy captured in Germania or Anatolia or Hispania or Britanniae and it wouldn’t make any difference. You would still be a slave, treated exactly the same way as the Nubian from Sudan or the Mauritanian. Your ass was grass, plain and simple.
Ancient Rome existed at a time before the ‘color prejudice’.