Bill O'Reilly said something on his Fox program last night that sort of made me feel ignorant.
"This is Visigoths, you all should know what this is."
Well, I didn't and at this point don't really know what this is. At first I thought this is some new political terminology or strategy position like Visigoths means the individuals that are adjacent to the tea party or anti- Obama or something like this. You'd almost have to be an insider to really know what this means.
Then I was thinking that Mr. O'Reilly is an expereinced study in the field of history and he was quoting a period of history that is relevant to today. After looking up Visigoths on Wilkipedia I'm now thinking it's the later.
History can and does repeat itself.
The Visigoths (Latin: Visigothi, Tervingi, Wisigothi, Vesi, Visi, Wesi, or Wisi) were one of two main branches of the Goths, the Ostrogoths being the other. These tribes were among the Germans who spread through the late Roman Empire during the Migration Period. The Visigoths defeated the Romans at the Battle of Adrianople in 378, and under Alaric I eventually moved into Italy and famously sacked Rome in 410 AD.
After numerous years of migration, which led the Visigoths to compare themselves to the biblical Hebrew people wandering for 40 years in the Sinai Desert, the Visigoths settled in southern Gaul as foederati of the Romans in 418. For unknown reasons, they soon fell out with their hosts and established their own kingdom with its capital at Toulouse. Extending their authority into Hispania at the expense of the Vandals, their rule in Gaul was ended by the Franks under Clovis I at the Battle of Vouillé in 507. Thereafter the only territory north of the Pyrenees that the Visigoths held was Septimania, such that their kingdom became limited to Hispania. The province came to be dominated by the Visigothic small governing elite at the expense of the Byzantine province of Spania and the Suebic Kingdom of Galicia.