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Saturday, September 22, 2018

History, The Golden Horde's of Ghenghis Kahn, and The United States Marine Corps

For 300 years, so the mythology of it all goes, during the "colonialist era" of Western Europe, explorers traders, and essentially, ships of every kind crossed the Atlantic - "The Mer" as is pronounced in Latin and most European Languages including Spanish.  Most historians ought to agree that the words "America" literally means "To the Ocean we go" (a mer ir).  Before all else, they brought with them Spanish which of course was second only to the concept of "Hidalgo."  Hidalgo is sometimes thought of as a famous 19th century preacher in Mexico, but, mostly it was a word for the ways in which an honorably knight ought conduct himself.  Spain's most famous novel by Spain's most renowned literature writer - Miguel de Cervantes - writes about the legendary Don Quijote, and the honorable way in which he respected himself and others, called "Hidalgo."  For 300 years, 1492 up until around 1776 people got on boats and brought what dignity and honor they could to "The New World," or "Novo Mundo" in Latin and in Spanish.  It was also called "Tierra Incognita" or "The Unexplored Earth."

Post-George-Washington "Father Hidalgo" Mexican Painting:

(guns pointed at his face, sort of like the end of the movie "Blues Brothers")

The European Age of Exploration was a great period in human history, often called "Thee Enlightenment" literally because the people's of Europe learned a great respect, a tolerance if you will, for the colors and races of other nations and civilizations all around the world.  They liked Mexico, Columbia, and Venezuela much more than Massachusetts, New York (New Amsterdam, then) and Virginia because thriving Indian Civilizations existed everywhere starting at Mexico City (then called Tenochtitlan) and extending all the way to the furthest tip of South America - sometimes called "Tierra del Fuego" or the "Land of Fire."

Much like all civilizations in human history, the reverence that the people had for values, tolerance and respect gave way to abuses of power, piracy and slavery (for instance the nineteenth century slave trade) and after three hundred years George Washington up on America's Northern East Coast said "Nada Mas" - no more!  He fought the British, and most of European's colonies and it's colonial system fell apart after three hundred years of traveling the whole wide world.  The primary testament to what kind of people the Spanish really were can be seen in museums all across Spain and in Mexico - and by the fact that huge segments of the population of Latin and South America still speak Spanish today!  Not everyone in Mexico speaks Spanish, there are many lingering "Indian Dialects" - but white people from Europe, sort of, "putting there best foot forward" is how Europe and Latin America thrived for (if the dates are really accurate) for almost 300 years.  Many people of often said that in "1492, Christopher Columbus sailing the Ocean Blue" is somewhat of a myth, and nobody knows the exact year any of this really happened.

The guillotine in France in 1791 brought much of this down.  For thirty years, from 1791 (starting in 1776, with George Washington's Declaration), Europe was in upheaval, and this upheaval did indeed pave the way for the waxing of power and authority of the then nascent Russian Tsar.  By 1850, Russia was a major world power.  Moscow, St. Petersburg, Berlin ruled Europe for almost a century.

But this blog post isn't going to be another American History Lecture about (Spanish speaking) Christopher Columbus.  The capital of USA, Washington District of Columbia is ceremoniously named after the man, and anybody who attended High School History knows all about it.  It is gone, but many people learned Spanish from Europe - Europeans spoke this language first.  "Mejico" and "America" are literally names that are probably rooted in the same word: "The Ocean" or "La Mer."

The tolerance of the European Colonialists gave way to anarchism in 1791, and peasants running around feeding government officials to the old Guillotine - amputate at the neck - as they used to say in Dallas.  By 1850, what to do about all this sort of turned into a new "Rise of The British," and the nineteenth century practice of sending convicted criminals to Australia became a new norm, and a new way of dealing with the old Colonialist mentality.  "Exporting criminals" was how the modern English Speaking cities in Australia and New Zealand were founded during the nine-teenth (post-colonial) century-era.

Ghenghis Kahn was a different type of leader who brought a different style with him, but it is indeed reminiscent of the expansion that many empires of utilized in World History.  What was the Golden Horde?  What do Historians know about it?

Ghenghis Kahn, in Chinese, founded what Chinese people today call "The Yuan Dynasty" or "元朝" (pronounced Yuan2 Chao2).  The words Yuan means "original" or "fouding" and so when you hear about dynasties in Chinese History, the first dynasty to be recognized since the original construction of the Great Wall of China 2,000 years ago was probably this.  Thousands of years ago, The Chinese People built a Wall around everything South of Mongolia, but centuries later, a "Giant Reaction" to all this was spearheaded by Genhis Kahn as his forces swooped South from Mongola into all parts of China, and eventually crossing the deserts and Himalaya Mountains.  According to the Internet, (Wikipedia) Ghenghis Kahn lived from approximately 1162 until 1227.

Genghis Khan
Khagan of the Mongol Empire
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Genghis Khan or Temüjin Borjigin was the founder and first Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death. He came to power by uniting many of the nomadic tribes of Northeast Asia.Wikipedia
DiedAugust 18, 1227, Yinchuan, China
Did you knowGenghis Khan ranks first for male with the most children in history (1,000-2,000).

What did they do?  How did they live?  There is no leader past, present nor future who can "found an empire" through violence, repression and evil.  Anyone who knows the legends of Rome, hears that Alexander the Great used his armies to conquer all of the land surrounding the Mediterranean, but, in the process they did great things for the Mediterranean World.  They built roads, aqueducts, but most of all, they built "Coloso's" - those giant 2,000 year old "entertainment complexes" everywhere from modern-day Spain on Europe's Western Edge to Turkey and Asia Minor.

Ghenghis Kahn's legacy did indeed fall, and a new dynasty often referred to as "The Ming Dynasty" rose after Ghenghis and Kublai Kanh fell.  The Ming Dynasty (明代 or 明朝) is the Chinese word for "bright" or "brilliant."  The character Ming is literally a picture of the sun "日" and the moon "月" pushed together.  For hundreds of years, The Chinese have celebrated monks studying different types of meditation and spiritual forms of consciousness in Monasteries.  Is it possible for a monk to harm a mosquito and still be thought of as benevolent?  This is not the same principle as the (old - 300 years ago) Spanish concept of "Hidalgo," but it is similar.  The Ming Dynasty in China survived on hundreds of years bringing opera, artists, and entertainers as far West in Asia as what is today Eastern Europe.  The new, late 20th and 21st century rise of the People's Republic of China has a rennaisance of it's own as land-trains are being built that stretch from Shanghai all the way to parts of Bulgaria and Eastern Europe.

Forbes Magazine:

2 Days From China To Europe By Rail? Russia Going For High-Speed Cargo Trains


These are about large scale high-speed railway being developed all around East Asia - all the way to Europe:

The first arrival of the Central European Brigade in Vienna

Li Keqiang invited the leaders of Central and Eastern European countries to take the Chinese high-speed rail.

Xi Jinping met with Serbian President Vucic.

View the "five-pass" transcripts from the "Changan" freight list. (China - Uzbekistan)

The first "Tangshan-Antwerp" CEIBS arrived in Belgium (China - Europe Rail).

These are trains related to Tibet and the old Mongol silk road:

The Mila Mountain Tunnel of the Lalin High-grade Highway on the Sichuan-Tibet Line runs through the whole line.

Li Keqiang inspected the railway construction site in Tibet: Expanding effective investment to accelerate infrastructure construction in the central and western regions.

The Qingdao Multimodal Transport Center was officially opened.

The construction of the girders of the section of the Mongolian Railway in Hubei Province is in progress.

Here is an article about the "Potala Palace" in Tibet, and the associated article.

Li Keqiang came to the Potala Palace Square to exchange photos with the citizens.

Here are other articles from the Premier's visit to Tibet -the Headquarters of the Khanate:

Li Keqiang: I hope that the great unity of all ethnic groups is like the monument of the Tang and Tibet dynasties

Li Keqiang inspected cultural relics protection at the Potala Palace in Lhasa.

But what does it mean to "rejuvenate?"  What does the word Renaissance mean in English?  In French, the word began as painters portrayed the old Roman Empire of the Italian Peninsula, almost 1,500 years after it had fallen.  But that's all about how Europe once "ruled the world."  The famous quip was "the sun never sets on the Spanish Empire."  For the Mongols, "The Golden Horde" rode horses, and didn't sail many ships.  They brought their own opera, singing and monks.  "The American's" at their height, once stretched their expanse all the way from the tip of the Korean Peninsula to as far East as West Berlin.  What kind of "respect" or "culture" did they bring with them in their travels?  The answer is their parts of the world for which American's had a lot of interest, zest, and zeal - and there were many parts for which they did not.  Generally, the greater the number of USMC / soldiers that a territory was "infested with" - the less likely that territory - those people - got anything out of "the relationship."

Today, the City of Berlin doesn't look much different than it did 100 years ago.  The US Military's occupation did not produce reams of sky-scraper-laden city-skylines.

No, westward expansion was not always pretty, but US Marines wielding M-16's was not how modern day Texas or California was settled. The music, the movies, the sky-scrapers came here en-masse during the 20th century.  Any place where English was commonly spoken was easily influenced by the Western's

Renaissance means "to revive" or "rejuvenate" the old ways of past civilizations, countries and governments.  It is supposed to revive the best parts of past human-achievements, and try to look past and leave out the greater failures.  The Roman's, though very entertaining with their Coliseums, had the occasional penchant for public abuse practices - as everybody knows - Julius Cesar proverbially "fed Jesus to the Lions" - which was had become common in later Roman Times, and the primary reason that the Roman Empire no longer exists.  Why as American's (or former-Americans) should we ever be told that "The United States Military" or our "soldiers in uniform" or "first responders" are the greatest American's to which we ought pay our respect?   What is respectable about uniformed authority?  What the American Construction Worker did for the city of Dallas, San Francisco, Chicago during the 20th century... What the legions of real estate developers building stores, homes, apartment complexes, and sky-scrapers built should be remembered as America's greatest legacy.

Just look at the face of Berlin and Paris today!  They aren't speaking English, and they didn't exactly appreciate hordes of soldiers pouring in on D-Day or the holocaust that ensued.  My own parents spent time living in Germany in the 1960's, one working in industry, and one on an Air Force base, never-the-less, the "Americanization" that occurred in Europe was never total, nor very complete.  Why?  All the USMC did in Europe "build a wall" around the old influence of the failing Russian Empire.  40 years later when the Berlin Wall was finally torn down by the German Population in 1989, most of Europe celebrated.  That wall divided the Russian Sphere of Influence from the American Protectorate countries after World War II.

And look what we get out of it...  A master race of nobles masquerading as "press" screaming every fifteen minutes about "those crazy Americans" trying to build another Berlin Wall - this time around Mexico?  And what good does it do any of us?  The population break-downs of people speaking Spanish today in places like California is sky-high.  The population thinning of the white-race in the 1980's has led places like Dallas, Los Angeles and other cities in the South-West to have seen dramatic increases in the percentage of people of Latin descent.  Is this a fault?  No, in the 1990's under Bill Clinton, the US government encouraged Mexican's to immigrate here.  So many in Dallas had died in the violence that WMD had caused around the Dallas area, that there were no people to run the businesses.

In 1991, I was 16 years old.  I worked at a store that sold Ice Cream and Hamburgers.  This store was a nice restaurant, but in Richardson, on any given day of the week, the entire city wouldn't have more than 1 or 2 open restaurants selling food at all.  When governments openly promote the exact opposite of "Renaissance" - authoritarianism and brutality through armed militants - what you get is slavery.  I don't like having in the neighborhood of 500 fast-food franchises in my city - and I really don't like electronic / biological warfare implant-slaves working at these stores.  And mind-control is all you will ever get from "revivalism of the soldier."

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