CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE: HORATIUS AT THE BRIDGE

The Romans were a brave and noble people. In the Golden Age of classical history they were supreme. The White Race can be eternally proud of what the Romans accomplished. Our debt to them is overwhelming. We can learn a great deal from what they built. We can also learn much from their failure to protect their wonderful race from disintegration.

For several centuries after the founding of their settlement, the Romans were but an inconsequential people, holding out amid constant struggles, a very small portion of Italian territory. From about 350 B.C. on, however, their territory expanded rapidly. Within a century they had conquered the whole peninsula of Italy. By the beginning of the Christian era, Rome was master of all the lands bordering on the Mediterranean, virtually, that is, of the then known world. The Roman Empire thus established in all its glory and grandeur lasted another five centuries.

It was not brought to ruin by the Vandals and the Huns, who, we are told invaded it. No, not at all. It was disintegrated from within as by a cancer — a cancer produced by the Jews. The name of the cancer was Christianity.

Christianity emasculated the virile Roman. Christianity transformed the heroic fighting Roman, feared by all the world, into a spineless whimpering milksop. Whereas the so-called “pagan” Romans built a wonderful civilization and a powerful World Empire, the “Christian” Romans pulled the whole framework down into a degenerate shambles, plunging the White Race into a thousand years of the Dark Ages.

Nevertheless, this greatest of all ancient civilizations lasted for a thousand years, and when it crumbled, the civilization that was Rome was a predominant influence over Europe for another thousand years. It still greatly influences our civilization today. The White Race, in fact, is deeply indebted to the Romans. We can be exceedingly proud of being racial brothers of these great people.

This supremacy of the Roman people was based on certain qualities which we find them possessing from the very beginnings of their history. The Romans were resolute and tenacious, strenuous and indefatigable; they were daunted by no reverse or misfortune, and never admitted defeat. They were conspicuous for their self-denying patriotism and their strong sense of discipline and duty. They were clear headed, businesslike and efficient, and finally, they were not a mere fighting race, but one gifted above all other nations with a genius for consolidating and organizing, and for the framing and administering of laws.

Roman law, Roman organization, and Roman institutions persist to this day over most of continental Europe. The very laws and government of the United States are based on Roman precedent and Roman models. When in the Middle Ages the power of the once great Roman Empire passed to the Jewish Christian Church, the latter usurped the Roman genius for organization, discipline and government for its own benefit.

We must for all time learn the weakness of the Romans that enabled the Jews to bring it crumbling down in ruins. The Romans failed to realize the integral value of race, in not only building, but also in securing, civilization for the future. Had the Romans built their government and their religion on a racial base, the Jews would never have had a chance. Had the Romans then had a solid racial religion such as we of the CHURCH OF THE CREATOR have set forth, history would have turned out differently. The Jew would long ago have become extinct and the great White Race would today inhabit the total world.

Whereas, it is not my objective here to review the glorious history of the Roman civilization, I do want to spotlight the essence of the Roman spirit as set forth in an epic by the English poet, Lord Macaulay. This spirit is beautifully and nobly expressed in his heroic narration of “Horatius at the Bridge”. It is part of his work “The Lays of Ancient Rome”.

It tells about the time when in her early history Rome was beginning to show her future genius, and the caliber of her men. When an overwhelming army led by their enemy, Lars Porsena of Clusium was descending on the City of Rome, the city fathers realized that Rome was doomed unless the enemy could be stopped from crossing the bridge into the city.

They decided that the bridge must be cut down. But time was too short, unless the approaching army could be held at bay long enough to destroy the bridge. They called for three volunteers to stand off the army of thirty thousand while the bridge could be hewn down. The bridgehead had to be defended on the opposite side of the river Tiber, so that none of the enemy could so much as set foot on it.

Horatius volunteered. In so doing, he expresses a basic creed that we of the CHURCH OF THE CREATOR must also make our own.

As Lord Macaulay’s epic so dramatically sets forth: 

Then out spake brave Horatius,

The Captain of the Gate:

“To every man upon this earth

Death cometh soon or late.

And how can man die better

Than facing fearful odds,

For the ashes of his fathers,

And the temples of his Gods.”

This heroic epic then goes on to tell how Horatius, with two brave stalwarts, held the bridgehead until the bridge was cut down; how he stood his ground even after the city fathers called to him and his two comrades to re-cross the tottering bridge before it collapsed; of how he finally, alone, stood his ground while the bridge fell, then slowly and contemptuously turned his back on the enemy, dived into the river Tiber, armor and all, and swam to the opposite shore.

It is his heroic six-line speech, however, that we Creators want to make part of our own creed. We must make it part of our religious conviction: it is better to die fighting for our race, for our White Race, than to surrender to the enemies of our race; it is far better to die a hero, than be a coward and a slave. We must realize that Nature never intended for any individual to live forever, and since die we must, the greatest honor and the highest dedication we can bestow upon our people, our race, is to fight to preserve it at all costs, or die in the attempt.