It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it. ~ Robert E. Lee, (Upon watching a Union charge stopped at the Battle of Fredericksburg, 13 December 1862)
I’d be willing to bet that most people did not know that the Colonists lived relatively peacefully under British rule for 145 years before the British passed the Stamp Act; which ultimately led to the American Revolution. I’d also be willing to bet that most people don’t know that it has been 152 years since the Civil War, (or America’s Second War For Independence as I prefer to call it), ended. Why are those numbers important? Well let me precede my thoughts on the subject with a quote taken from a letter Thomas Jefferson wrote to William Smith in 1787, “What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to 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.”
What I’m beginning to believe, and fear for that matter, is that America is overdue for another such rebellion. Americans tend to glamorize war; with Hollywood to blame for much of that. There is this culture in America that we support our troops in whatever mission our government decides to send them upon. I wonder, how well would they support those same troops should the government decide to use them internally within the U.S. to impose order, or round up dissidents who oppose the unconstitutional acts of that same government; essentially another Civil War?
How would the people react if the violence and destruction wasn’t on their TV’s being broadcast from thousands of miles away, but right outside their homes? How would they react if they had to duck for cover in their cardboard houses every time they heard gunfire? How would they react when the streets were covered with the bodies of friends, neighbors, or even loved ones?
If another Civil War broke out in America tomorrow, can you tell for certain which side your friends and family members would take? As many have not studied the causes and effects of the last American Civil War, I don’t think they realize that should it happen again it would tear this country apart. I have distant brothers on my father’s side of the family who fought against each other in the last Civil War. The sister of Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson left to live in Pennsylvania while he remained in Virginia to serve the Confederacy.
Then there was the devastation wrought by the Union forces upon the South; while the aggressors in the North were left relatively unscathed and untouched by the horrors of armed conflict on their soil. After the Civil War ended entire cities, entire regions were nothing but smoldering ruins. Atlanta, as well as many other cities, had been burnt to the ground. The Shenandoah Valley as well as the entire path from Atlanta to Savannah was left in ruin.
Why do I bother bringing all this up? Well, it is because I fear that America is sitting on a powder keg of anger and resentment that is just waiting for a match which will cause it to explode. The signs are all there, but I don’t think most see them. Just look at the last presidential election; especially from the perspective of those who call themselves conservatives. Who did these conservatives elect; a political outsider who promised to drain the swamp and make America great again. Whether Trump was honest in his desire to accomplish all these things and has been blocked every step of the way by the entrenched power elite, or whether he lied to the people to get into the Oval Office is irrelevant; the people are tired of business as usual in government; even if they don’t know the first thing about how our government is actually supposed to function.
Then I see how the left, with increasing levels of violence, are attempting to silence any opposition to their agendas and force their views upon America, and I see a disaster just waiting to happen. All it is going to take is just the right event to occur and then all hell is going to break loose. All the pent up anger and resentment from those who have sat back and watched as their government grew bigger and more intrusive; while their so-called conservative party has betrayed true conservative principles; while the left has forced their Utopian agendas down their throats is going to come pouring out, and once that genie’s out of the bottle there won’t be no putting him back until either they, or those who caused them to take up arms lay dead in the streets.
Like I said, it has been over a century and a half since America witnessed the horror of war on its own soil, and I fear that if something doesn’t happen to diffuse the anger that is boiling just below the surface, they will witness it again; and possibly within their own lifetimes.
America was founded on certain principles and since the inception of our government the people have allowed that government to overstep its authority while the general public has abandoned those principles. Yet there has always been, and always will be, a remnant that still adheres to the principles held by men like Adams, Henry, and Jefferson. In 1861 those men were named Jackson, Lee and Davis…among other, and now, in New Orleans we are watching as the politically correct are tearing down monuments to those men who fought for the same principles as did the men who fought for our independence in 1776; all this because the people believe the myth that the first Civil War was fought over slavery.
It doesn’t matter how much evidence to the contrary one provides, once people get an idea firmly planted in their minds, to try convincing them of the truth is like trying to pull a nail out of a 2 x 4 with a plastic fork; it is an exercise in futility. So people are going to go on believing that those who still support the cause of the Confederacy are racist, and that political correctness justifies any attack on both their views, and the images which represent those views.
If you look at all this violence going on there is one common thread running through it all, it is being committed by those who seek to shift America further and further from the principles that it was founded upon. Even our government, and this includes federal, state and local governments, have taken to using massive amounts of force to impose their will on the people they govern. Look at the militarization of our law enforcement agencies. Look at how SWAT is called out more and more for routine calls.
While some people say this is due to the fact that society has taken to violating the laws with increasing frequency, has anyone stopped to ask themselves whether these laws people are accused of violating are just, or constitutional?
I wonder, how much of the history about the American Revolution do the American people remember. Do they think that one day the Colonists just said the hell with it, and picked up guns and started fighting the British? No, they resisted every violation of their rights beginning with the enactment of the Stamp Act in 1765. James Madison would speak of it in thusly in 1785, “Because it is proper to take alarm at the first experiment on our liberties. We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of Citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution The free men of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entagled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle.”
Our Declaration of Independence tells us that people are inclined to accept certain abuses of power while those abuses are tolerable, but when a long history of abuse leaves no doubt as to the objective of those in power, it is our right and our DUTY to shake off the impending tyranny and implement government that will best secure our safety and security. Jefferson was not talking about what people today consider to be safety and security, he was talking about the restoration and preservation of their unalienable rights; their liberty.
The exact quote from the Declaration is as follows: “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
For a century and a half America has drifter further and further from the principles held by our Founding Fathers; longer if you include the years leading up to the first Civil War. Our freedom of speech and our right to worship our God openly has come under vicious attack because these rights are deemed politically incorrect and offensive. Our right to keep and bear arms is under constant attack by both the federal and State governments. And now the monuments which, good or bad, represent a part of American history are being torn down because people find them offensive.
How much more do you think the few remaining liberty loving Americans will take before they begin to fight back. How much more do you think they will tolerate before modern day Son’s of Liberty arise and start holding Boston Tea Party type events of their own? What do YOU think might cause those who have suffered under the yoke of political correctness and unconstitutional laws to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH?
With some of the things I’m hearing from like minded individuals, I don’t think it will take that much to ignite a shit storm of violence in response to all the injustices we have suffered. And like I said, once that genie is out of the bottle there won’t be any putting him back until we have all been killed, or those we blame for all these injustices have.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not hoping for that day, in fact I dread the day that it finally comes; but make no mistake about it I see it in our near future if things don’t change, and change quickly, and we once again start adhering to the principles upon which this nation was founded.
And there is something else; something that possibly I’m the only one who has thought of, should that day come, I believe we will hear a thunderclap over the entire nation as the souls of our Founders jump up and clap their hands in celebration, screaming, “It’s about damned time!”
You may not recall, or have been told, but when Samuel Adams heard the gunfire coming from Lexington he proclaimed, “This is a glorious day for America.” He wasn’t certain that the Colonies could win a war against the British, but he was certainly glad that they finally had taken that first step towards either victory, or as Patrick Henry spoke in regards to the options, “Give me liberty or give me death.”
If that patriotic spirit and love of liberty ever reaches the boiling point and boils over into our city streets, you know which side I’ll be on. The question is, which side will you take?
And just to piss those politically correct idiots off, you know which flag I’ll be waving…
~ The Author ~
Neal Ross, Student of history, politics, patriot and staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment. Send all comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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