Palladium of Liberty
February 20, 2013 in Offbeat
“Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For Jehovah knoweth the way of the righteous;
But the way of the wicked shall perish.”
- Bible, Psalm 1:5-6
In Greek and Roman mythology, a palladium was an image of great antiquity on which the safety of a city was said to depend. “Palladium” especially signified the wooden statue of Pallas Athena that Odysseus and Diomedes stole from the citadel of Troy and which was later taken to the future site of Rome by Aeneas. The Roman story is related in Virgil’s Aeneid and other works.
In English, since ca 1600, the word “palladium” has meant anything believed to provide protection or safety — a safeguard.
Bibliotheca Classica Or A Classical Dictionary, by John Lemprière, page 576
The Palladium of Liberty
“So, also, if the government may dictate to the jury what laws they are to enforce, it is no longer a trial by the country, but a trial by the government; because the jury then try the accused, not by any standard of their own, but by a standard dictated to them by the government. And the standard thus dictated by the government becomes the measure of the people’s liberties. If the government dictate the standard of trial, it of course dictates the results of the trial. And such a trial is a trial by the government. In short, if the jury have no right to judge of the justice of a law of the government, they plainly can do nothing to protect the people against the oppressions of the government; for there are no oppressions which the government may not authorize by law.”
- Liberty and the Great Libertarians, by Charles T. Sprading, page 262
In Greek legend, when Athena and Pallas were children they had a scuffle. Pallas struck out at Athena but Athena’s over-protective father, Zeus, deflected the blow. Pallas was so terrified by Zeus’s presence that she failed to respond and defend herself when Athena struck back, dealing a mortal blow to Triton’s daughter.
Athena was so saddened by the death of her young friend that she erected a statue in her honor, next to Zeus on Mount Olympus. It later fell to earth, into what became the city of Troy.
The twin destroyers take their flight
To Pallas’ temple on the height;
There by the goddess’ feet concealed
They lie, and nestle ‘neath her shield.
Agenda 21 Trojan Horse
As year kept chasing year,
The Danaan chiefs, with cunning given
By Pallas, mountain-high to heaven
A giant horse uprear,
And with compacted beams of pine
The texture of its ribs entwine.
A vow for their return they feign:
So runs the tale, and spreads amain.
There in the monster’s cavernous side
Huge frames of chosen chiefs they hide,
And steel-clad soldiery finds room
Within that death-producing womb.
“And I will execute great vengeance upon them and punish them in my wrath;
and they will know that I am the Lord, when I lay my vengeance upon them.”
- Bible, Ezekiel 25:17
Methinks, imho, that the only thing staying God’s hand is our Palladium, of Liberty. That is the only measure by which we are seen worthy –and not damned.
With friendly grasp he took and pressed
The hand of his illustrious guest:
Advancing, through the grove they wind,
And leave the river’s bank behind.
And now with many a courteous word
The prince of Troy his suit preferred.
‘Worthiest and best of Danaan race,
Whom Fortune bids me sue for grace
With signs of suppliant need,
I feared not to approach you, I,
Though sprung from Grecian Arcady,
Allied to Atreus’ seed.
Heaven’s oracles and conscious worth,
Your own fair fame, that fills the earth,
And kindred ancestry—’t is these
Have made us one in sympathies,
And driven me to your royal gate,
The willing instrument of fate.
Old Dardanus, Troy’s founder styled,
Declared by Greece Electra’s child,
To Teucer’s nation came;
And Atlas was Electra’s sire,
Whose sinewy strength, unused to tire,
Supports the starry frame.