NO MORE BS: Revisiting Dane-Geld – Recognizing a Problem

Dane-GeldDane-Geld was “a land tax levied in medieval England, originally to raise funds for protection against Danish invaders.”  The 11th Century saw many frightened landowners who wanted peace, who then raised money to pay-off the north’s warring tribes, called Danes.  From across the land, the rulers gathered penny and pound to buy protection from these warring tribes.  When the Dane’s saw how easy it was to obtain gold, they moved in and took the lands, and whole civilizations dropped into barbarianism.  The only reason we know these stories today was that the warring tribes of the Dane’s met cold steel in a furious fist and were beaten back.

Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem on this topic, called coincidentally enough, “Dane-Geld.”

“It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
To call upon a neighbour and to say: —
“We invaded you last night–we are quite prepared to fight,
Unless you pay us cash to go away.”

And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
And the people who ask it explain
That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld
And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
To puff and look important and to say: —
“Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
We will therefore pay you cash to go away.”

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we’ve proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So, when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say: —

“We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that pays it is lost!”

Who, pray tell, is the modern Dane’s?  We currently call them Black Lives Matter (BLM), Antifa, illegal immigrants, and other extremist (Politically Left and Right) or militant factions in American society.  We call them ISIS; we call them terrorists.  For terrorists, they are, and “terrorist” has history called them from day one.  Requiring a fearsome reputation for violence, these people come to disrupt civil society, damage business, destroy goods, and wreak untold havoc and destruction.

Mayors, Governors, County Boards, elected officials of all types, you have a choice, either pay the Dane his pound of gold or fight the terror in civil society and be remembered.  During the continual riots, America witnessed the mayor in Philadelphia give up entire city blocks for her city’s Dane’s to destroy.  The Dane’s were not appeased; they moved in and controlled larger sections of the city than ever before.  Seattle’s mayor paid the Dane’s and has become the laughingstock of America over CHAZ/CHOP.  Portland, Minneapolis, Detroit, Chicago, and so many other cities across America have bent the knee, paid the gold, and will never be rid of the Dane.

Boris & NatashaYou can try and appease a mob, or you can fight a mob.  These are your only two options.  There is no third selection possible, for the mob, you fear today will be your rulers in captivity tomorrow.  Ask the city of Philadelphia if they like their new rulers.  Ask the community of Watts in LA if they wanted their rulers after the LA Riots.  You can break a mob into individuals and hold them accountable, or you can try to pay off a mob, but you cannot do both, and you will lose short-term and win long when you act against the mob.  Better to lose short term and win, then appease and lose everything short-term and long-term to the rule of a mob.

For those city councils crying to appease the mob by defunding the police, I would suggest that you would take a hard look at the closing stanza from Kipling.

“We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
  No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
  And the nation that pays it is lost!

If you replace the term “nation” with city and county, you will understand the stakes you are gambling on currently.  I cannot stress enough the need for you to rise, put some backbone on, tie on your work boots, and go to war against the powers of oppression and tyranny.  Call in the National Guard and the State Militias, we “the sheepdogs of war” will respond.  Do not allow America to fall on your watch because you think paying Dane-Geld is easier and more respectable.  For I promise you, if you do not stand against the tyrants today, the rest of America will have to stand against a stronger and more virulent tyrant tomorrow!

How does a person recognize Dane-Geld being paid?

Look closely at legislation. Do you see payments to a foreign body? Do you see payments to specific groups? Do you see support for the legislation being purchased through pork-barrel spending?  If any of these questions are answered positively, Dane-Geld is being paid by your politicians.

What about local politics and Dane-Geld?

For example, the school board is spending money on new technology, a new program, or a new model, ask who on the school board is receiving benefits, and you will find those paying Dane-Geld to the detriment of the students and the taxpayers.  Albuquerque Public Schools is the school board in Albuquerque, the largest school district in the state.  Purchased a new program, supposed to be the “Golden-Bullet” for improving student success.  It turned out to be a multi-million dollar flop.  The fallout is still happening.  This is not the first time this has occurred, probably will not be the last, but the Dane’s were paid!

Image - Eagle & FlagThe mobs, the rioters, and the looters currently rampaging across America are domestic terrorists.  Please make no mistake; their sole aim is to destroy your town, city, county, state, and country!  Quoting from President Roosevelt, “We, too, born to freedom, and believing in freedom, are willing to fight to maintain freedom. We, and all others who believe as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live [life] on our knees.”

Join us, ye politicians, who tremble!

© Copyright 2021 – M. Dave Salisbury
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Dual service military veteran. Possess an MBA in Global Management and a Masters degree in Adult Education and Training. Pursuing a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Business professional with depth of experience in logistics, supply chain management, and call centers.

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