I am calling for the revolution to commence.
Let’s not sugarcoat it my friends, anything less is a flaccid half measure.
The dictionary defines “revolution” foremost as;
“an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed.”
We the people not only seek repudiation of our current government, but a return to fundamental principles and ideals that formed a basis for our country’s historical success. That is best accomplished through repetitious articulation of our societal values and adherence to fundamental principals.
Repudiation is a matter of degrees and builds on the effectiveness of each successive action. If we are not victorious in our action, then we assess, persevere, coordinate and escalate.
In 1765, our Continental Congress responded in an orderly and mannerly way to the monarchies fiats such as the Stamp Act, in part with the following statement;
“That the duties imposed by several late Acts of Parliament, from the peculiar circumstances of these colonies, will be extremely burthensome and grievous; and from the scarcity of specie, the payment of them absolutely impracticable.”
By 1774, The Continental Congress move to further dissolve the bonds of tyrannical, undemocratic oppression. Witness the preamble;
“Whereas, since the close of the last war, the British parliament, claiming a power, of right, to bind the people of America by statutes in all cases whatsoever, hath, in some acts, expressly imposed taxes on them, and in others, under various presences, but in fact for the purpose of raising a revenue, hath imposed rates and duties payable in these colonies, established a board of commissioners, with unconstitutional powers, and extended the jurisdiction of courts of admiralty, not only for collecting the said duties, but for the trial of causes merely arising within the body of a county”
In 1775, The Declaration and Necessity of Taking up Arms tersely stated;
“With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have been compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverence, employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live slaves.”
The rest, as they say, is history and encompassed in the following;
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”
I am certainly not suggesting an armed rebellion; merely that we learn from the past; that is, when liberty is threatened one must articulate the danger, engage the oppressors or in this case, the statists, and help those enslaved envision the alternatives. In this pursuit, we have failed miserably as a party and Americans.
From conceptiom, we have been a nation of competing interests, a collection of “rabble” as the British liked to derisively say. However, the principles of freedom, liberty and independence have always bound us in times of stress. Unity and singleness of purpose, combined with willing sacrifice ultimately intended to achieve our common goals are paramount. Without such accord, we are destined to fail, and fail miserably. In contemporary times we have abandoned principal for parochial pursuit and in that action surrendered collectively to the soft tyranny of progressive, socialist statism. Nothing could be more destructive to our Republic.
It is therefore finding that cohesion; those common interests based in firm and unyielding principals, we will achieve future success. Tea parties are certainly a good start, as are alternative plans to egregious taxation and spending which will halt the destructive indebtedness of future generations threatening to extinguish our societies fabric. Our purpose should be instructive and didactic; exposing our populace to the plethora of ideas which represent the fundamental, historical bonds and hence enduring success of our republic.
For us to survive, we must learn to become more proactive then reactive, more substantive in our articulation and more of a cohesive army, than a mob of individualists.
Commence the revolution. Become educated and help fire the first volleys. Who is with me?