The Concord Battlefield is less than an hour’s drive from my home. I go there at least once a year, to reflect on our roots and the nobility of the American spirit. With the anti-American revolution in our streets, its symbolism is more important than ever.
This is where America started, on April 19, 1775.
In Ralph Waldo Emerson’s immortal words:
“By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.”
It was the Minutemen, with muskets in hand, standing at the North Bridge, who launched us on our national journey. The Declaration of Independence, which came more than a year later, articulated their hopes and dreams. Words are essential. But revolutions always start with grimly determined men with guns in their hands. That’s why the left is so determined to take ours away.
What were they fighting for, those embattled farmers — freedom from the King’s taxes, levied by a parliament an ocean away? Certainly. They wanted the right to be left alone: to grow their crops, raise their children, and worship God in their own way. Ultimately, the goal was self-government – a republic.
Now – 245 years later – we face an increasingly audacious counter-revolution.
As we are the heirs of the American Revolution. They are the heirs of the French and Bolshevik Revolutions – the heirs of the street mobs, of the guillotine and the gulag. They’re the descendants of utopians who believed that humanity could be remade if only enough blood was spilled, enough heads were cut off, enough people were shot, imprisoned, tortured and made to disappear in the night.
Our revolution succeeded beyond anyone’s expectations. It produced the freest, most prosperous nation on earth – a nation that became a blessing to humanity.
Theirs failed miserably. The French Revolution produced the Reign of Terror, Napoleon and a number of defunct Republics. It wasn’t de Gaulle who liberated France during World War II, but the Americans who landed on D-Day and those who followed them.
The Russian Revolution gave us one of the bloodiest regimes in history, one that butchered and brutalized the Russian people for 70 years and spread its contagion around the globe, eventually murdering 100 million in the 20th century. Even after the fall of communism, Russia is largely a failed state with a declining population.
What’s going on in our streets now might be called the revenge of the Jacobins and Bolsheviks.
Antifa and Black Lives Matter are using violence and intimidation to deconstruct America. Like their predecessors, they are anti-faith and anti-family – witness the growing attacks on churches and BLM’s opposition to the nuclear family.
The high-ranking New York police official who was bashed with a metal pole the other day, which left his face bruised and bloody, is part of a campaign (abetted by useful idiots in the Democrat Party) to emasculate law enforcement and remove them as a check on urban anarchy. House Babbler Nancy Pelosi called the agents sent to Portland to protect federal property against violent attacks “stormtroopers.”
The Middlesex Militia faced the greatest army on Earth – but one that was more than 3,000 miles from its base. The enemies we face are among us. They’re supported by the mainstream media, Hollywood, the radical wing of the Democratic Party (represented by AOC and her death squad) and the Party’s establishment wing, which is terrified of being targeted by radicals.
Blue State mayors are a fifth column. It took Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan three weeks to put an end to the occupation of six blocks of her city. At the outset, she said it could be the beginning of a “summer of love.” Mayor de Blasio’s response to the rising tide of murder in New York City is to cut $1 billion from the police budget and paint a Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower.
The Marxists/Jacobins are subsidized by Fortune 500 corporations and well-heeled foundations. George Soros’ Open Society Foundation has earmarked $220 million for groups working to defund the police.
Allegations of racism have proven an effective way to silence opponents, the argument being that if you don’t want to hamstring the police, you must support police brutality.
A crucial component of the radical war on America is the attack on our history.
The excuse for demolishing or removing statues may be slavery, racism or colonialism. But it’s really about debunking America.
They’re telling us that Washington, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt may have been presented to us as heroes. But, in reality, they were slaveholders, racists, colonialists or simply didn’t do enough to combat these evils. So, patriots, who are your heroes? What are you fighting for?
The Chinese strategist Sun Tzu said: “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. Supreme excellence consists of breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”
You do this by convincing the enemy that he has nothing to fight for – that what he thought was the greatest country on earth was founded on evil, flourished on exploitation and oppression and exists to maintain a corrupt system.
These lessons are reinforced by academic indoctrination and the constant barrage of propaganda from the so-called news media, like The New York Times with its uber-revisionist 1619 Project.
That’s the foe we face standing at the bridge today. Out there are the enemies of the American Revolution. Here are its defenders.
In a way, we’re always standing at the bridge. We were in 1863 at Gettysburg, in 1898 on San Juan Hill, in 1944 at Bastogne, in 1953 on Pork Chop Hill and in 1968 during the Tet Offensive.
This may be the most daunting foe we’ve ever confronted, because it’s the enemy within and most of us don’t even know we’re at war.