The Only Real Revolution

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“Happily for America, happily we trust for the whole human race, they pursued a new and more noble course. They accomplished a revolution that has no parallel in the annals of human society. . . . In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by power. America has set the example . . . of charters of power granted by liberty.”

                                     — James Madison

Throughout history, small groups of men with political power have controlled the masses of men by force. On every continent, stretching back through the centuries, the pattern was essentially the same — a pharaoh, king, emperor or dictator had ultimate control over the lives and fortunes of his subservient followers. The underlings were taught that their proper role was to serve those in power. Whatever small freedoms the common men had were considered to be gifts from the sovereign — gifts which could be taken away if the sovereign chose to do so.

Then, in eighteenth-century America, a group of enlightened men turned the world upside down. They instituted a government that was subordinate to the people. They believed that whatever powers a government has are granted by the people. Government exists to serve the people. People do not live to serve the government.

They declared that each man owned his own life and could act freely in peaceful pursuit of his own happiness. They said the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are “unalienable” — that is, they are not gifts of government and may not legitimately be taken away. They stated that the sole purpose of a moral government was to secure these fundamental and inherent rights. Thus, they wrote a constitution that was intended to strictly limit the power of government over the lives of free men.

This was the only political revolution in history that was truly revolutionary. It was a total break with the principle that men are mere pawns in the grand design of those in power. It offered a radical new political system. Other revolutions had merely produced a new tyrant — simply a new person to exercise control over men. The true revolution was the one that openly questioned the control.

Eighteenth-century Americans lived and died in the spirit of liberty. Virginian Richard Henry Lee said, “The first maxim of a man who loves liberty should be never to grant to rulers an atom of power that is not most clearly and indispensably necessary for the safety and well-being of society.”

Boston preacher Samuel Stillman said, “We are engaged in a most important contest; not for power but for freedom. We mean not to change our masters, but to secure to ourselves and to generations, yet unborn, the perpetual enjoyment of civil and religious liberty, in their fullest extent.”

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  • crackerjack

    The biggest shock to the Founding fathers would certailnly be the "Patriot Act", giving the Exekutive exstensive rights to invade private life, home and communications of all citizens anywhere at anytime without control through the Judical.

    • kong.ming

      Searches need a warrant under the Patriot Act. You’re mixing the FISA court NSA wiretaps issue and the Patriot Act search without notification. Even still recent events, like Nadal Hassan, David Headley Mumbai plot, Christmas Day Bomber have proven they’re not a major issue. Compare this to other issues not in the main stream, like drug cartels infiltrating low levels of the military.

      Personally I would see our founders extremely disturbed not by the current government, but our current people. We have every advantage they did not have. At best it’s squandered, at worst it’s used to start up organized crime and torture prostitutes to death.

  • Tom Sullivan

    The cost of government (federal, state, local) spending and regulations is about 60% of GDP. Government spending is 40% of GDP, and the cost of complying with regulations about 20% of GDP per year. Government spending per household is equal to median household income, about $50,000 per year. Add in the $3 trillion annual cost of regulations, and total government cost per household is about $72,000 each. The tail is wagging the dog. It is long past time to do something drastic to limit the government parasite.

    In 1900 total government spending plus regulation was less than 10% of GDP. By 1950 it was 30% of GDP. Today it is 60% of GDP. We have become Europe. Europe is suffocating under bloated incompetent government. So is the United States. Happy Fourth of July.

  • Schlomotion

    This patriotic shrubbery looks really funny in front of the Hasbara Temple. It reminds me of how Alex Jones is now interviewing people like Billy Corgan to windowdress the site so that it looks young and hip.

    • Ghostwriter

      Can't resist attacking Jews huh,Schlobrain? Is there something inside that pea brain of yours that compels you to write such utter garbage?

  • amused

    lol….the Founding Fathers never figured on the strain on the gene pool . just look at mr.bean !

  • BS77

    the founding fathers must be a-rolling in their graves……to see these obese Orwellian government bureaucracies, a sixteen trillion dollar deficit, an uncontested invasion on our southern border, crime on a rampage, fifty million AMericans on Food Stamps….they'd be horrified.

  • tagalog

    Some quotations from Thomas Jefferson:

    Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

    It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

    My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

    When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.

  • tagalog

    My last quote from Thomas Jefferson, the best one:

    God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty…. And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.

  • kafirman

    Buchanan's thesis on the singularly of the genius of the American Revolution is correct. Nonetheless Buchanan manages to miss the foundation of liberty: "nature and nature's God."

    We do not get liberty back by re-doubling our opposition to taxes or socialism. Rather liberty is found by reverting to natural law ("nature and nature's God"). The greatest impediment to liberty is the god of multiculturalism who is at war with natural law.

    The moral high ground of the Democrat party serially violates the Ten Commandments:
    * Thou shalt not murder (abortion),
    * Thou shalt not envy (class warfare),
    * Thou shalt not engage in sexual immorality (esp. homosexuality),
    * Thou shalt not use the name of the Lord in vain (the primary use of the name "Jesus" is a curse word)….

    The Democrat party is antithetical to our founding and ultimately to self-government.

    Libertarianism, as it throws "unalienable rights" issues to state and local governments, likewise jettisons what it desires (liberty) overboard.

    Republicans are well, Democrat-light.

    • amused

      LOLOLOLOL…..oh I've heard this before …." thy sins are more serious than mine " , ahhhh go get your head screwed on straight kafirman .

  • tagalog

    Reverting to natural law and to the God Who created natural law is not the answer, although it is the first part of the answer.

    The rest of the answer, and the part that will be effective if resorted to currently, is the willingness of the people to put their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor itself at risk for nature's God and natural law.

  • amused

    Another joker ! …and it's none other and not surprisingly – tagalog . Your "pontification " flies directly in the face of conservative thought ,- what's mine is mine and I aint giving any of it up for no one .
    Is there no limit to the utter hypocrisy espoused here ?