Lest we forget,
this country was forged out of a concerted desire to free the shackles of the British Empire, so that colonies could chart
their own course for individual state governments. If only people understood this historic fact. Since so few are familiar
with the actual cornerstones of the American Revolution and the latest generations know even less, the indoctrination from
government schools has stripped out the quest for knowledge of what made America different. Consider a virtual reality time
travel back two hundred and forty-one years to the start of the most important revolution of all times.
The Sons of Liberty were not traitors, they were
freedom fighters. The Tory loyalists were not simply Englishmen, they were Monarchists committed to the British Empire. The
minutemen at the Old North Bridge in Concord viewed themselves as Englishmen, but knew that their mother land lost sight of
respecting their subjects inalienable rights of heritage, who populated the new world.
Stand abreast with the Lexington Massachusetts farmers
as the echo of the first crack of defiance was heard throughout the globe. The significance of the “Shot Heard Round the World” is nicely summed up by Chuck Baldwin. He submits that these “two elements of American history are lost to the
vast majority of historians today: 1) it was attempted gun confiscation by the British troops that ignited America’s
War for Independence, and 2) it was a pastor and his flock that mostly comprised the “Minutemen” who fired the
shots that started our great Revolution.”
The phrase itself originates in Ralph Waldo Emerson's Concord Hymn, 1837 and relates to the start of the American Revolutionary War:
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled;
Here once the embattled
And fired the shot heard 'round the world.
Missing in the narrow
vision of public awareness and worldly experience, the current culture totally fails to appreciate exactly what composed this
revolution. Most of political discourse revolves around reforms of the basic institutions, evolutionary changes to the existing
system, or incremental replacement of the present order.
In order to be “politically correct” or to succumb to threats from
penal punishment, non violent alternatives are the only acceptable options suited for dialogue. Lost in this modern day docile
compliance culture is that muskets, rifles, shot and powder proved to be the means of meeting military force with counter
Also, and much more important is the legacy that preachers of the Christian religion formed the spiritual and moral
legitimacy for the revolution.
As part of this time journey back to the Green Dragon Tavern, engaging and plotting the methods and tactics of defiance would meet the likes of Samuel Adams, Dr. Joseph Warren and Paul
Revere. The Committee of Correspondence expanded and communicated the loose unity that developed around the opposition to
the continued despotism from the English Crown.
Investigating the true meaning of our national origin requires a serious honesty that admits
the internal conflict, which has always existed among competing factions, continues to the present. In The Significance of the American Revolution, which presents two ways of viewing the nature of the conflict, and lays out the dilemma.
“The ideas of the
Revolution have been most often depicted as a triumph of the social contract/natural rights theories of John Locke. Correct
so far as it goes, this characterization passes too quickly over the continuing importance of Calvinist dissenting Protestantism,
which from the Pilgrims and Puritans on had also stood for the ideals of the social contract and the self-governing community.
Lockean intellectuals and the Protestant clergy were both important advocates of compatible strains of liberalism that had
flourished in the British North American colonies.
Scholars have also argued
that another persuasion contributed to the Revolution: "republicanism." Republicanism, they assert, did not deny
the existence of natural rights but subordinated them to the belief that the maintenance of a free republic required a strong
sense of communal responsibility and the cultivation of self-denying virtue among its leaders. The assertion of individual
rights, even the pursuit of individual happiness, seemed egoistic by contrast. For a time republicanism threatened to displace
natural rights as the major theme of the Revolution. Most historians today, however, concede that the distinction was much
overdrawn. Most individuals who thought about such things in the 18th century envisioned the two ideas more as different sides
of the same intellectual coin.”
A very different approach looks to explain the class distinctions that linger
to this day, portrayed in Completing the America Revolution.
The Two American Revolutions
We've been taught to believe that there was only one American Revolution, a struggle to throw off the
tyrannies of Great Britain. And relative to that revolution, we're conditioned to believe that the heroes were revolutionary
patriots such as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Sam Adams, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, James Otis, the Sons of
Liberty, and the Committees of Correspondence.
But in reality there were two American Revolutions:
The revolt against British oppression by Americans
The revolt against wealthy American merchants and financiers by working class people of America
Now if you were transported to colonial life in your time machine, what would you find?
What Was Colonial Life Really Like?
Colonial America, the rich were getting richer and the poor were getting much poorer. In 1687 in Boston, the top 1% owned
about 25% of the wealth. By 1770, the top 1% owned 44%. In those same years, the poor--those who owned no property--represented
14% in 1687 and 29% in 1770.
In the various colonies the wealthy merchant class
introduced property qualifications for voting in order to disenfranchise the poor and protect their own privileges:
In Pennsylvania, white males had to have 50 pounds of "lawful money" or own fifty acres of
result was that only 8% of the rural population and 2% of the urban population of Philadelphia could vote
This class outlook for evaluating the nature of the American Revolution is not part of the usual curriculum
for national assimilation into an endowment of fidelity towards the political system. However, with the popular explosion
of collectivism, the vast population experiencing diminished economic opportunities looks to an all powerful government to
provide their next meal.
Because of this adverse condition, the misguided FEDERALISTS peons rely on a central government for subsistence,
while never gaining any actual political power. The essay, A Constitution Flawed from Inception explains how the American Revolution was betrayed by the Hamiltonian elites, because they simply wanted to mirror the British
Empire at the expense of the minutemen, who fought the battles for a revolutionary Republic.
“Did the U.S. Constitution
really break with the king and a constitutional parliament, or did it simply guarantee that a charade of popular franchise,
would replace one form of legalism for another set of contrived judicatory rule? The structure for a central government was
above all meant to exert a limited role and scope. Individual States would remain self-governing, with different functions
and jurisdiction; within a larger union. An imaginative vision, but examine the reality.
As difficult as it is for traditional conservatives to admit, their sacred document could not craft an enlightened
human nature. Those who seek to become instruments of governance only perpetuate the error of creating an office that leads
to an imperial president and an omniscient judiciary. Even under a Jefferson presidency, MARBURY v. MADISON (1803),
became a land mark case establishing the practice of judicial review by federal courts over acts of the other two branches
of government. The dream died as the court appropriated the ultimate say. Brute force and deadly coercion gain dominance within
the executive, and manifested its culmination with Lincoln’s war of Northern Aggression. So much for viable sovereignty
embodied in individual will. The clash of cultures produced the authoritarianism of a central government, because the U.S.
Constitution created a model that encouraged the empowerment of a presidency.”
to 1775 allows understanding of the reasons for the battle against King George III. If you overstayed your welcome and lingered
around for another twenty-eight years, you would witness the failure of the American Republic experiment.
Time never stands still. That resolute which reverberate
at Lexington and Concord, no longer rings true. Emerson's poem may have made famous the mythos of Liberty or Death, but the
fact of the matter, by the time he penned the verse the Federal government dismantled the essence and spirit of the revolt.
Today what is heard
and seen across the globe is a tyrannical New World Order, controlled by globalist elites and technocratic Tories that are
many times worse than the madness of King George III. The psychoses that created and maintain the American Empire have become
the ultimate treachery and sell out of the principles of the American Revolution.
Travelling to the past is much more romantic than
braving the universal oppression of the future. Reserving a ticket to ride the bull of this “reign of terror”
imperium from a betrayed dream is no substitute for a nation based upon individual liberty.
SARTRE – April 19, 2016