Niccolò Machiavelli has impacted world politicians since publication of The Prince in 1513, in which he advised political leaders to consult the past because human events are similar in all ages. He added, “This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results.” Will Durant seemed to agree when he said, man “changes his habits, but he does not change his instincts.” He can’t change his instincts.
Men change their behavior depending on many influences, but their basic human nature does not change. All honest theologians and philosophers would agree. All men are flawed (the Fall), so each will do the least work to get the best results. Cheating, lying, manipulating, and maneuvering can be justified in warped minds to achieve their desires.
Election cheating by public officials is not new. Even Darius the Great was chosen King of Persia, like Biden, through incredible, insidious, although innovative corruption.
The nation of Persia is now called Iran and is in the news daily. It is considered the enemy of the world except for their support from Syria. Both are Muslim but of opposing sects. Iran is an extreme Shiite Muslim state, and Syria is a secular state with a mixture of Muslim sects (70% Sunni Muslim and 12% Shiite) and a few Christians. But the good relations between Iran and Syria do not depend on religious similarities but political concerns: they both hate America and Israel—the great and little Satan. Syria does not have both feet in Iran; only one and has been skittish about Iran’s extreme hostility; taking hostages, etc. It’s a marriage of convenience.
Persia had an incredible influence upon the Mediterranean world, having spanned a timeframe from the sixth century B.C. to our day. It should be remembered that while Iran is Muslim, it is not Arab.
The Persian Empire had an inauspicious beginning with a few semi-nomadic tribes on the Iranian plateau. They didn’t have much with which to begin an empire; only goats, cattle, and sheep. One tribe boasted of a man of authority and leadership abilities who was called Cyrus; later to be known as Cyrus the Great. Cyrus was very ambitious and began to cajole, harass, and control the tribes one after the other until he ruled Lydia, Babylon, and Media in 550 B.C.—the genesis of the great Persian Empire. It would soon become the first world superpower comprising Egypt’s Nile Valley, all of Mesopotamia (the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers), and a large part of India.
The Old Testament praises Cyrus the Great for helping free the Jewish people of Babylon from captivity and allowing them to return to Jerusalem. With few exceptions, Persia’s leaders were tolerant of all religions and this was one of the reasons for their long periods of peace.
Cyrus the Great was followed by Cambyses in 530 B.C., who ruled to 522 when Bardiya, or as Herodotus calls him Smerdis (a wild, wild story worth researching), became king for ten months and was assassinated by Persian aristocrats. Following a suspicious election as Emperor, Darius I, who became Darius the Great, ruled from 522 B.C. to 486 B.C. with an impressive 36-year reign, during which time the empire reached its zenith.
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Darius led campaigns into Europe, Greece, and India. He also built impressive projects through his vast empire and introduced a legal system (based on the famous Code of Hammurabi), a postal system, and a new international currency that simplified business and trade.
One of his greatest projects was his Royal Road that permitted travelers to travel over 1700 miles from his administrative capital Susa to Sardis, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia in modern Turkey. The Royal Road was a major intercontinental thoroughfare that had postal stations and relays at regular intervals. The trip usually took three months on foot, but with fresh horses and riders ready at each relay, royal couriers carried messages and mail from Susa to Sardis in eight or nine days. By this road, Darius was in contact with his entire empire; however, ironically, this same road was used by Alexander the Great to conquer the Persian Empire 150 years later.
And civilization moved along.
The Royal Road moved all kinds of trade from east to west with offshoots to major cities. This extended into the famous Silk Road that connected Persia with China, Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, and Rome. This ancient trade route linked China with the West. Jade and silk from China, spices and precious stones from India, highly bred horses from Kazakhstan, gold from central Asia, bronze buckles from Greece, and many other objects plus religion and philosophy were traded like objects. Archeologists have found Greek bronzes and Chinese silk in Germany dating back to the time of Cyrus the Great.
Obviously, Darius was a successful ruler; however, he cheated like Joe Biden to gain the office.
Darius, just before his election, was the lancer of King Smerdis, who was a false king, the brother of Cambyses. The false king was assassinated and the seven killers met to decide who would run the empire and the kind of government it would become. After expressing opinions for different kinds of government, they agreed on a contest where the winner would take the throne and form the kind of government he wanted. They agreed to meet the next morning, each on his horse, and the first horse to neigh at the sunrise would be the new king.
Well, that’s about as reasonable as the 2020 farce with a major candidate campaigning from his basement.
Herodotus, the “father of history,” tells us that the servant of Darius cheated by making Darius’ horse neigh by letting the animal smell his hand that he had previously rubbed over the genitals of a mare. That settled who would run the great Persian Empire. The neighing was followed by a thunderstorm and lightning, so it was obvious to everyone, including the media, that Darius had won and was declared the new king in 522 BC.
On reflection, overall, there are great similarities between the U.S. 2020 election and the election of Darius the Great.
They both were done in the dark and both stank to high Heaven.
Radical Democrats would say that the Darius election proves that a suspect king could still have a long and productive reign. Yes, but those Democrats are looking at this comparison out of their left eyes. No one knew the views of Darius since he was a simple but talented soldier. Biden has an exhaustive résumé after 45 years at the public trough that would make Marx, Lenin, Stalin, and Castro stand up and cheer. Biden also has a long history of corruption, political and financial manipulation, lying, loose lips, as well as loose hands for females, etc. Harris is the most leftist Senator in America. We know what they will do, because they have done it, or promised to do it.
You will love Biden and Harris if you like higher, even confiscatory taxes; open borders; illegal immigrates on welfare and voting rolls; forgiveness of college debts; return to environmental fanaticism; confiscation of your guns; and lockdowns into the Millennium. It is shocking that anyone would have voted for Biden and Harris except the hangers-on and grafters looking for a glory hole.
Another comparison to our day is while Darius’s fraudulent election turned out good for the empire, one of the other cheated conspirators might have done an even better job. No one will ever know. However, President Trump had already proved his superiority by putting America first, making it great again, reducing taxes, shredding strangling regulations, ending endless wars in the Middle East, strongly supporting Israel, achieving the lowest unemployment in history and the highest employment of Blacks and Hispanics in history, limiting abortions, slowing illegal immigration, and supporting religious rights.
Even Ronald Reagan could not boast of such accomplishments.
Trump did all that in four years, being fought by Democrats and many Republicans who refused to accept his legitimacy and fought him every step of the way. Additionally, he had to defend himself from irrational media attacks, an accusation of being a tool of a foreign government without any supporting evidence, and an impeachment that was the closest to a coup in our history.
The coup came election night when many “servants” of Biden had their hands where they should not have been (on the genitals of the Democrat jackass), and Biden, like Darius, “won.”
A famous high-achiever once wrote, “My policy is to learn from the past, focus on the present, and dream about the future. I’m a firm believer in learning from adversity. Often the worst of times can turn to your advantage – my life is a study of that.” That was Donald Trump, who is poised to give every liberal perpetual heartburn by winning in 2024 what was stolen from him in 2020.
And an aide will not have to handle the genitals of a mare to accomplish the task.
Since hope springs eternal in the human breast of the valiant, Trump may yank victory for 2020 from the jaws of defeat via the courtroom. If not, he will Make America Great Again in 2024.
(Dr. Don Boys is a former member of the Indiana House of Representatives who ran a large Christian school in Indianapolis and wrote columns for U SA Today for 8 years. Boys authored 18 books, the most recent being Muslim Invasion: The Fuse is Burning! The eBook is available here with the printed edition (and other titles) at www.cstnews.com. Follow him on Facebook at Don Boys, Ph.D.; and visit his blog. Send a request to DBoysphd@aol.com for a free subscription to his articles, and click here to support his work with a donation.)
Fact, Fraud or Faith?
by Don Boys, Ph.D.
Only an uninformed fanatic says that evolution or creation can be proved scientifically. Christians believe in creationism because we believe in the veracity of the Bible but we also have scientific evidence to support our position. In every debate I’ve had with evolutionary scientists, the arrogant, asinine accusation is made, “Well, evolution is scientific while creationism is religion.” Evolution is about as scientific as a voodoo rooster plucking ceremony in Haiti. Almost.