“Destruction is in its midst; oppression and deceit do not depart from its streets.” Psalm 55:11
President Ronald Reagan declared: “The most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I am from the government. I am here to help you!’”
“Trust in the Government”
Yet, there are many who insist that we must trust the government. We need to trust the government with our tax money. We are expected to trust politicians to control the economy. We are told to trust the government with the currency. Of course, we are meant to trust the government for our physical safety and security.
Moulding the Minds of Future Voters
We are told to trust the government with our children’s education. We are expected to trust the government with the training of the teachers that will mould the minds of future voters. We are meant to trust the government with the selection and production of textbooks that will guide our children’s education for over 12 years.
“Government Knows Best”
Now, increasingly, we are also expected to trust the government when it comes to matters of health and science. Billions of people were forced into unprecedented lockdown in 2020 by governments who warned that if they did not stop all travel, social interaction, business, cultural and religious activities, hundreds of millions of people would die of the Covid-19 virus! Although their doomsday predictions were wildly exaggerated, we are now meant to trust them to enforce mandatory vaccinations!
Politicians Are the Problem, Not the Solution
Doctor Ben Carson, observed: “We’ve been conditioned to think that only politicians can solve our problems. But at some point, maybe we will wake up and recognise that it was politicians who created our problems.” “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption…” 2 Peter 2:19
As John Emerich Acton observed: “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Death by Government
Although governments are meant to protect their citizens, secular socialist states in the 20th century murdered more than 169 million of their own citizens! This astonishing statistic is the result of decades of research by political science professor R.J. Rummel, of the University of Hawaii. Professor Rummel’s shocking research was presented in a 500-page book: Death by Government (2006, Transaction Publishers, New Branswick, N.J.). The chart and statistics measuring the life-taking propensities of state governments, were developed from the professors’ analysis of 8,200 sources.
Recognising Political Realities
Professor Rummel notes that textbooks on political science need to be modernised to recognise political realities. While most textbooks refer to the functions of government as: “law and order;” “safety and security;” “cultural maintenance” and “social welfare,” the fact is that “we have numerous examples of governments that killed hundreds of thousands and even millions of their own citizens, enslaved the rest and abolished traditional culture. Power kills: Absolute power kills absolutely… the more power a government has, the more it can act arbitrarily, according to the whims and desires of the elite and the more it will make war on others and murder its foreign and domestic subjects. The more constrained the powers of governments, the more power is diffused, checked and balanced, the less it will regress on others… totalitarian communist governments have slaughtered their people by the tens of millions…”
The Greatest Killers in History
Professor Rummel’s Death by Government documents that the greatest threat to life, historically, has not been disease, crime, or even war. Secular, socialist, communist governments have been the biggest killers in history. Not merely killing foreigners by invasion, but killing their people in peace time within their own borders by the most colossal concentration camp gulags and state security apparatus, such as the KGB.
The Black Book of Communism
Rummel’s exhaustive documentation exhibits a sheer lethality of power. The Black Book of Communism and Death by Government, conclusively prove that far from governments being the solution to crime and violence, historically, centralised governments have been the prime culprits for crime and violence. Far from being the solution, governments are more often than not the problem. Most government policies to deal with crime and poverty are counterproductive, creating far more crime and poverty.
Tyrants Prefer Disarmed Victims
Nowhere is this seen more clearly than in state attempts to disarm citizens. Every genocide of the 20th century was preceded by gun-control and disarmament of civilians. Just as criminals prefer unarmed victims, tyrants prefer disarmed citizens. A government that does not trust its citizens with weapons cannot be trusted with power. Freedom is when the government fears the people. Tyranny is when the people fear the government. No government that can be trusted with a monopoly of force. Decentralisation of power, the rule of law and armed citizens are essential foundations for freedom. “‘Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit; the poison of asps is under their lip. Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes’.” Romans 3:13-18
A Fearful Master
The Founding Father of the United States of America, George Washington, declared: “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
G. Edward Griffin documented in his book: The Fearful Master; A Second Look at the United Nations, the horrifying reality of the prototype world government body, the United Nations. Particularly exposing their atrocities in the Congo and invasion of Katanga, this book makes a powerful and convincing case against centralisation of power and global government.
President Herbert Hoover, conclusively documented in his monumental 900-page: Freedom Betrayed – The Secret History of World War Two and Its Aftermath, that deceit, disinformation and treason were the central focus of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s policies during the Second World War. Freedom Betrayed is a shocking, searing indictment of the abuse of government and the catastrophic consequences of unbridled power in the hands of secular socialists without a conscience. “Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted… Now all these things happened to them as examples and they were written for our admonition…” 1 Corinthians 10:6-11
The Secret War
Max Hastings’ The Secret War: Spies, Ciphers and Guerrillas, 1939-1945 utilising Most Secret Ultra files, which were sealed for over 60 years after the conclusion of World War Two, is the most thorough and detailed chronicle of code breaking, spying and sabotage activities in all the theatres of the Second World War. As one general observed, the revelations from The Secret War require almost every book, film and documentary about the Second World War, to be re-written. The realities revealed by the previously sealed documents ruin many, if not all, Hollywood narratives of that tragic conflict.
The Sinking of the Lusitania
For those who believe that we can trust the government, I remember reading Colin Simpson’s book The Lusitania: Finally the Startling Truth About One of the Most Fateful of all Disasters of the Sea. The book was published in 1973 and when I checked the book out of the Bulawayo Library in 1974, I was horrified to find the startling evidence about the disgraceful role of British and American officials in this disaster. When governments seal their records for 50 years, you must know that they are concealing a major scandal.
Late in 1974, I came across Nicholas Bethell’s book The Last Secret: The Story of Forced Repatriation from 1944 to the Present. My confidence in the integrity of the Allies was seriously shaken by the revelations of Operation Keelhaul. What Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn called “The Wars’ Last Secret” detailed the treacherous betrayal and forced repatriation, by British, Canadian and American forces, of over three million Russians, Ukrainians and other East Block citizens, men, women and children, into the hands of Stalin’s NKVD Extermination Units. Some were prisoners of war; others were refugees from the communist chaos in the USSR. Many had never even lived in Russia. Many were the descendants of refugees who had fled the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917.
Against Their Will
Yet, between 1944 and 1947, millions of these tragic people were forced across the Iron Curtain, into the hands of the Soviet Secret Police, who murdered most immediately. The rest were condemned to forced labour in the Arctic hell of the Soviet GULAG death camps in Siberia. The lies and treachery of the Allies in disarming and deceiving these Russians and Ukrainians were scandalous. Many of them sincerely believed that the “democratic West” would protect them. Most never dreamed that they would be clubbed, beaten by rifle butts and prodded with bayonets by the Allies. Many of their people were shot while trying to escape as they were herded by British, Canadian and American forces onto trains and trucks. Millions were sent as prisoners, against their will, to the Soviet Union and certain death, or slavery. Many thousands committed suicide rather than be subjected to a living hell in the slave GULAGs of Soviet Communism.
In Poland, I learned of the Katyn Forest Massacre and the assassination of General Sikorski, his daughter and high command. General Wladyslaw Sikorski, the Commander in Chief of the Polish Army and Prime Minister of the Polish government in exile, was killed on 4 July 1943, while returning from inspecting Poland forces in the Middle East. His Liberator transport aircraft crashed into the sea, 16 seconds after take-off from Gibraltar. The only survivor of the crash was the pilot. All eleven passengers were killed, including Zofia Les Niowska, Sikorski’s daughter. The fact that the British documents concerning this “aircraft accident” have been sealed until 2050, as Top Secret, has further confirmed the suspicions of Polish Christians that their British and American Allies eliminated Sikorski and the Polish government in exile because of their insistence of an independent investigation into the Katyn Forest Massacre of Polish Prisoners of War by Stalin’s Communist NKVD, in order to avoid embarrassing the Soviet dictator.
The Yalta Betrayal
The betrayal of over 150 million Christians in Eastern Europe into the hands of Stalin’s brutal Soviet Union by the Yalta Agreement in 1945, was a crushing betrayal of the hopes and sacrifices of millions who were told that they were fighting for “freedom” and “Christian civilisation”!
How Capitalists Saved Communism from Collapse in the Soviet Union
The staggering shipments of military hardware from the USA, Great Britain and Canada to Stalin’s Soviet Union from 1941 to 1945, saved communism from collapse. There is no doubt that without the billions of Dollars of Western aid, the Soviet Union would not have been able to survive a year. Russian historian Boris Sokolov wrote in 1998: “Lend lease was the decisive factor in the Soviet ability to continue the war.” “…Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Therefore, the wrath of the Lord is upon you.” 2 Chronicles 19:2.
The Role of Smuts and South African Gold in Salvaging Stalin
The unconstitutional role of General Jan Smuts in ousting South African Prime Minister, James Barry Hertzog, (South Africa’s most popular Prime Minister, J.B. Hertzog was elected 5 times in succession) was followed by Smuts, loading millions of pounds of South African gold onto the USS Quincy, to transport to FDR in America. This helped fund Lend Lease, which saved communism from collapse in Stalin’s Soviet Union.
Solemn Pledges Not Worth the Paper they were Written On
The betrayal by Woodrow Wilson of his solemn pledge in The 14 Points and the betrayal by FDR and Winston Churchill of The Atlantic Charter, along with the treacherous Yalta betrayal of Christians throughout Europe, are just some of the more monumental examples in history of why you cannot trust governments.
The Betrayal of Rhodesia
Ian Smith, Prime Minister of Rhodesia, in his landmark book The Great Betrayal, documents the treachery of the British Foreign Office in betraying Rhodesia into the hands of Soviet and Red Chinese backed Marxist terrorists. Having fought, all six years of the Second World War for Great Britain in the Royal Rhodesian Air Force, as a fighter pilot, Ian Smith was bewildered at the malicious undermining of every attempt of Rhodesia to resist communist terrorism and secure the population of Rhodesia. As Ian Smith so eloquently described it: “We were never beaten by our enemies. We were betrayed by our friends.”
Many Blood Sucking Parasites
The word politics can be seen to be composed of two syllables: poli – meaning many and tics - blood-sucking parasites. Hence politics can be seen as: many blood sucking parasites.
It is noticeable that the middle letters of cancer are ANC. A cancer is a cell that does not contribute to the health of the body, but deteriorates the health of the body. In this sense, our cANCer government in South Africa are a plague of blood-sucking parasites, who, according to the African Union Task Force, on Corruption, steal approximately 32% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) every year, through corruption.
Politicians Lie for a Living
From president Cyril Ramaphosa’s blatant lie on his speaking tour overseas: “There is no murder of white farmers in South Africa…” to the assurance at the beginning of Lockdown that all of the Solidarity Fund would go directly to the people whose businesses had been closed down by his Lockdown martial law and whose livelihoods had been suffocated by the ANC government lockdown regulations, to the endless unbelievable excuses of State Owned Enterprise (SOE’s) such as Eskom for “load shedding”: “the coal got wet;” “the conveyor belt was stuck;” the generator needs to be repaired;” to justify country-wide blackout power failures, to excuses as to why State Capture ANC gangsters guilty of corruption could not be fired, or prosecuted, it is clear that you cannot trust governments. That is why governments need to be severely restricted, bound by the constitution, limited and decentralised. Checks and balances are essential.
In May 1995, we marched to Parliament in protest against the ANCs plans to turn South Africa into a Secular State. Well over 20,000 Christians joined us in this, the largest protest in Cape Town’s history. Outside the gates of Parliament, Cyril Ramaphosa was thrust out by nervous ANC leaders to receive our Memorandum. Mr Ramaphosa was plainly rattled and quite intimidated by the large group of determined Christians with banners and posters declaring: A Godless state is a hopeless state; Back to the Bible; Grondwet op God se wet; Jesus Christ is Lord. Cyril Ramaphosa’s eyes lit upon our friend, Rev. Fano Sibisi and his large leatherbound Bible. “Can I borrow this?” Without waiting for a reply, Mr Ramaphosa swiftly plucked the Bible out of Fano’s hands and climbed up the platform. Lifting Fano’s Bible high into the air, Cyril Ramaphosa declared: “I am a Christian! See, I bring my Bible to Parliament every day!” From where I was standing, I could clearly see Fano Sibisi’s name engraved on the front cover of this Bible, (which was actually a gift from Rev. Bill Bathman in Arizona). The brazenness of this politician left Fano and I staring at one another in amazement.
There was a time that town councillors and members of parliament, or congress, were not paid, but donated their time as a service to the community. This was forcefully brought to my attention in Milton High School in Rhodesia, where my history teacher was Mr. Reese-Davies, a member of parliament. He explained that as members of parliament were not paid, they also had to have “a real job.”
Get Rich Quick Scheme for the Unscrupulous
Since then, however, “public service” has become a get rich quick scheme for the unscrupulous. It is absolutely essential to restrict the financial benefits to elected civil servants to the same salary as that for teachers, nurses, policemen and firemen. Why should politicians receive so much more financial benefits than the far more important and harder working sacrificial teachers, nurses, policemen and firemen? By allowing a professional class of politicians to vote for themselves more and more of the public treasury, we have allowed the very worst kind of people to dominate politics.
The Biblical Role of Government
Biblically, government exists for law and order, justice and defence. The Bible is very clear that God has instituted civil government as “an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrong doer.” Romans 13:4. Civil government is called to be a minister of God’s Justice: “to punish those who do wrong.” 1 Peter 2:14. The primary duties and responsibilities of civil government are the protection of law-abiding citizens and the punishment of law-breaking criminals. Central government should be limited to National Defence and Foreign Affairs. Police should be controlled on a local, municipal level, by the communities that they serve. There is no need for national governments to be involved in education, health care, economics and art and culture. These are best left in the hands of local communities, families and individuals.
Refuse to Follow in the Footsteps of Failure
Instead of following the disastrous centralization models of ancient Babylon, Nineveh and Pharaoh’s Egypt, or Imperial Rome, or the catastrophic Communist totalitarian states of the 20th century, such as the Soviet Union and Red China, we need to refuse to follow in the footsteps of failure.
Examples of Excellence
We need to follow examples of excellence, such as the decentralised model of the Swiss Confederation and the Free Market model of Singapore.
The State is Not Our Saviour
Recognising the depravity of man, we need to reject the secular humanist mentality that looks to the state as saviour. The Voortrekkers and the pioneers were completely self-sufficient. In that self-sufficiency, they found freedom. Those who look to the state to provide for their every need are effectively slaves of the state. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage… For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:1,13
Dr. Peter Hammond
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa