The Only Real Revolution

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Even small encroachments on liberty were met with defiance. When the Stamp Act was passed in 1765 — an act which levied only a very small tax on certain transactions — the strength of the resistance forced a repeal of the law in less than a year. A prominent Boston preacher, Jonathan Mayhew, said that while a few people quietly accepted the stamp tax, most Americans “were firmly united in a consistent . . . plan, to run all risks, to tempt all hazards, to go all lengths, if things were driven to extremity, rather than to submit; preferring death itself to what they esteemed so wretched and inglorious a servitude.”

And we all know how the Sons of Liberty reacted to a two-cent tax on tea. They took their rights — their liberty — seriously. They knew that when a tyrant gets his foot in the door, the rest of the beast is sure to follow. As George Washington said in 1774, “The crisis is arrived when we must assert our rights or submit to every imposition which can be heaped upon us, till custom and use shall make us . . . slaves.”

The contempt felt for those who would not fight for their own liberty was expressed by Samuel Adams: “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

Imagine that men from that era were observing us today. They would see that we send up to 50% of our income to different levels of government, and we are told that this is not sufficient —  that our duty is to sacrifice more. (Consider this shocking fact: the colonists paid approximately 1% of their incomes in taxes.) They would see an incredible number of regulations on all types of domestic and foreign commerce. They would see an immense army of bureaucrats to enforce the regulations and another army of real soldiers residing more or less permanently in other countries. It would be clear to them that Jefferson’s statement is unfortunately still true that “even under the best forms [of government] those entrusted with power have, in time and by slow operation, perverted it into tyranny.”

The biggest surprise to our observers would not be that those in power seek to expand their power. They would have expected that. The biggest surprise would be the degraded state of many Americans who have lost the stature that comes from taking responsibility for one’s own life. They would see millions of dependent creatures, comfortable in their dependency, crouching and licking the hands that feed them, and begging for more, asking only that the benefits they get are paid for by the sacrifices of other people.

Can any of us deny that the citizens are primarily to blame for the erosion of their own liberties? Most are traveling the road to serfdom willingly. But the road goes nowhere new. It leads only to the same forms of tyranny that have characterized most societies in history.

There is liberty … and there are thousands of forms of tyranny. There are men’s rights … and thousands of rationalizations for violating them. When it comes to liberty, everything but the real thing is the wrong thing. We must accept no substitutes.

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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 ?