Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Valley of Runnymede
John Lackland (so named because his father did not deed him any land) was the younger brother of Richard Coeur de Lion - the lion hearted - and usurper to the English throne. He was wicked and cruel and his greed knew no boundaries. His lust for money and power was insatiable. He routinely had the leading men of his country tortured and killed in order to seize their wealth and exercise his complete and total dominion.
From the safety of Windsor Castle, John Lackland commanded the country people to drive their cattle into camp to supply his soldiers with food. For the people of Wales, this was one act of tyranny too many. They refused. In retaliation, King John seized 28 sons of the chief families and imprisoned them. With their blood boiling, the Welshmen flew to arms. Their insubordination quickly resulted in the summary execution of the sons of Wales. King John had decisively subdued a rebellion and secured his position as Lord and King. Or had he?
The year is 1215. The barons and lords have organized themselves into a great army. In fact, they called themselves the "Army of God". They will no longer be subject to the King and his tyranny. They have sent their demands to King John, who, with great oaths and swearing, refuses to grant them liberties. The Barons determine that if the king will not grant their petition, they will secure it by the sword.
Although a tyrant, King John is also a coward. He fears being seized by the "Army", and sends word the the Barons that he will meet them at Runnymede, on the 15th of June, and grant what they desire.
The "Army of God" ascends on the Valley of Runnymede. All of the great men of England are present - lords and barons and nobles. They wear coats of mail and carry swords and lances. They are there to obtain freedom and liberty. They will not take "NO" for an answer.
The Barons produce a great parchment detailing their demands. Upon its signing it will become the law of the land. Amidst the vast legion of armed men, King John puts his name and seal to this great document, not even reading its contents. It is the Magna Charta - the Great Seal - and it is the first document granting freedom and liberty to the people.
Tyrants, whether they take the form of a single Monarch or of a vast government, will never willingly give up their power and authority. No amount of debating, talking or cajoling will cause them to release their iron grip on the rights of the people. Their force can only be met by a united people demanding their liberty.
Our Runnymede may well be in a valley in Nevada. Our Great Charter has already been drafted, signed and sealed - all that is required is an army, dressed in mail, armed with swords and possessing the hearts of free men.
* I wrote this about the current events happening at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada. I must admit that I do not think that the "mob" mentality that is currently being displayed will do anything to encourage or achieve liberty. Restraint and strength, a discipline of the tongue, will always yield results worthy of truly free men.