Hat Tip: Nancy Jacques
Do you realize our country, the country many of us loved, and were willing to lay down our lives for, is no more? Don’t despair my fellow refugees and citizens of our beloved former America, but please do come to terms with the fact that our country was ill and dying for decades and it has now ceased to exist as we once knew it.
Nevertheless, this is not intended as an essay of gloom, but as a signpost denoting the reality of where we are, and an ensign for some, of the second American Revolution that has already begun without them. During its lifespan, the United States had forty and four men who called themselves President, but history likely will record the official number as forty-three, with George W. Bush as its last, and among the worst in the first dispensation of American independence.
John Adams loved the spirit of revolution inspired by Thomas Paine’s pamphlet, Common Sense, but he also bemoaned at length the “leveling spirit” of unbridled democracy. Adams correctly believed, there was no good government that was not a Republic. He felt there was not yet sufficient civic virtue in the colonies to support a Republic, and so he counseled against immediate abandonment of the accepted property-based franchise in determining a right to vote.
Adams was concerned that every man without a farthing would eventually, “demand an equal voice in all the acts of state.” Even though his lament included women and children voting, his point was clear considering the times, that only those who had the wherewithal to think and act rationally should be allowed to vote. Otherwise we would suffer a democratic legislature that would use “the will of the people” to enforce tyranny…which is precisely where we are today.
To a point, Adams had been somewhat conservative in his approach to independence compared to his more radical contemporaries. He was home in Braintree when he heard news of British troops firing on the Minutemen at Lexington, and at that instant, John Adams ceased to be a disgruntled subject of the King…but rather, he and many others, were instantly transformed by that act of aggression, into 100% red-blooded Americans.
In early March of 1775, American and British cannons roared at the Siege of Boston, rattling windows in Braintree some twelve miles away. John Adams’ wife Abigail and their children were in Braintree, where she wrote to her husband, “Cannon continued firing and my heart kept pace with them all night.” Adams had left his cherished wife and children to fend for themselves, and his once prestigious law practice had vanished in his absence. What was it that drove the “Host of Worthies,” as Jefferson called them fifty years later, to such extreme action?
While Southern aristocrats called for peace, and insisted that British commissioners were on their way to reconcile with the colonies, Adams dismissed such hope as an “airy fairy,” and pushed for escalation of the war. In May, Adams wrote Abigail and told her Great Britain had, “at last driven America to the last step, a complete separation from her.” He said there is, “something unnatural and extremely odious in a government 1000 leagues off. A whole government of our own choice, managed by Persons whom We love, revere and can confide in, has charms in it, for which Men will fight.”
And there it is…good government for which men will fight, and the odiousness of a government 1000 leagues off. How far off are the puppet masters pulling the strings of the usurper in the White House and our deaf representatives from both political parities? We have come full circle…we are again but a collection of colonies wanting representation, but not getting it, needing protection from a foreign invasion, but having the invasion aided by those who should, but do not protect our borders.
Our national seat of government is under siege, our country is in dire straits, and we are without a pulse of representation, but the nation’s lifeblood is in her people, and the nation’s heart beats within our own breasts where the Constitution is indelibly written…and there is where it lives on, not in Washington. The first dispensation of American independence took a deadly detour under FDR, and has just recently passed away from the affliction.
It is now up to us to insure that the invading government run by the tyranny of democratic mob rule does not stand, but that a Republic rededicated to the rule of law and limited by our Constitution, shall not perish from the earth. Restoring America and American liberty will require a complete rejection of the illegal presidency of the Obama administration, and a complete removal of both houses of Congress, but it can be done.
John Adams returned to Boston the morning after the Boston Tea Party. He wrote in his diary, “Last night, 3 Cargoes of Bohea Tea were emptied into the Sea. This morning a Man of War sails. This is the most magnificent Movement of all. There is a Dignity, a Majesty, a Sublimity in this last Effort of the Patriots that I greatly admire. This Destruction of the Tea is so bold, so daring, so firm, intrepid, & inflexible, and it must have so important Consequences and so lasting, that I cannot but consider it as an Epocha in History…The Question is whether the Destruction of this Tea was necessary? I apprehend it was absolutely and indispensably so.”