In Wittenberg, Luther publicly burns the papal bull threatening him with excommunication. Pope Leo X excommunicates Luther. Charles V receives Luther's appeal to Caesar and tears it up and tramples on it. Within weeks, however, concerned with the reaction of the German people if Luther were to be condemned without a hearing, he reconsiders his decision. The emperor sends an invitation to Luther to come to the Diet meeting at Worms within twenty-one days to "answer with regard to your books and your teaching." Luther appears before the Diet of Worms, a general assembly of the estates of the Holy Roman Empire, with Charles V presiding. Luther is to be asked by the Archbishop of Trier about the content of his books and his 95 Theses, and whether he stands by all of what he said. He asks for time to consider his response. At his second hearing, Luther distinguishes between his books, allowing him to make a statement. On key points, however, he stands firm. He says, "My conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen." A committee of electors privately meets with Luther and tries to reach a compromise, accepting some of his attacks as warranted by gaining Luther's revocation on other of his points. The committee is unsuccessful in its efforts. Luther departs Worms. A week later, after a staged kidnaping, Luther is taken to Wartburg. Charles V presents the final draft of the Edict that declares Luther an outlaw, authorizes his arrest, and bans his literature. The Edict makes it a crime to shelter Luther and permits anyone to kill Luther without risk of punishment. Frederick the Wise devises a plan (involving a staged abduction by armed horsemen) to allow Luther to escape arrest. He finds temporary refuge at Wartburg Castle. Luther bravely returns to Wittenberg and begins a series of important lectures on core Christian values.I've emphasized the kidnapping and counter-kidnapping. Deepstate hasn't changed in 2000 years, but the opponents of Deepstate have been pacified and neutered by centuries of fake "laws" and "constitutions" and "elections". The 1500 independents KNEW HOW THINGS WORK. They answered crime with crime. Modern independents stupidly insist on "suing" and "voting", even after repeated and consistent proofs that "laws" and "constitutions" and "elections" do not exist. Did anyone ever "hold Charles accountable", another idiot delusion of modern independents? No, he retired rich and powerful. A fable, told in many books, pretends that Charles repented. Physically impossible. Psychopaths never repent. Still, the fable has a modern resonance.
Few monarchs have had the ingenuousness of Charles V. to confess his error, or the wisdom to profit by his example. The emperor after a reign remarkable for his rigorous and tyrannical efforts to make his own creed of faith universally followed in his dominions, was accustomed amongst other occupations in his retirement to amuse himself by an attempt to make several watches follow up their mechanical purposes without the least variation from each other. At length convinced of the fruitlessness of his task, and perceiving its analogy to the chief policy of his government, he exclaimed, “What a fool have I been to have endeavored for so many years to force millions of minds to conform to my standard of opinion, when I cannot even for a minute make a few watches keep time together.”In the fable, Charles sees that even metallic objects can't be treated the way he treated meat objects. It would be nice if modern rulers learned from the fictional example, but they can't and won't. Frederick the Wise offers a USEFUL example. = = = = = Semi-relevant footnote: The '60s spy series 'Danger Man' is typical of the genre in most ways, but atypically the writers KNOW HOW THINGS WORK. Like Frederick the Wise, the hero never wastes time on "legal" or "elective" methods. He goes straight to blackmail and kidnapping every time. This episode has a perfect psychopath character, vaguely identified as the head of an international corporation. Like Charles or Soros, his mind is the ONLY mind. His decision must prevail in EVERY transaction no matter how insignificant, and after you submit he changes the rules and forces you to submit again, then changes the rules again and forces you to submit again. Exponentially Insatiable. Room 101^2^2^2^2^2^2^2.... = = = = = END REPRINT.
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