March 23, 1801

On March 23, 1801, Tsar Paul I of Russia learned what happens when a weak ruler that doesn’t have the military backing him, tries to force the nobility and wealthy to conform to a chivalric code and put aside their conniving and thieving ways. They run into your bedroom after an evening of drinking, strike you with a sword, strangle you, and then finally trample you to death. They then go to your 23 year-old son, Alexander and say, “Grow up, boy. Time to rule.” If you’re going to try and reform the wealthy, best to have an army at your back, instead of pissed off against you.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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