by Robert Arvay
Had King George seen it coming, he could have prevented the 1776 American Revolution. That it was coming, was plain to see, but he continued his oppressive policies until it was too late to turn back. A long and bloody war ensued, but the mighty British Empire had met its match.
Had the king acted more prudently, he could have treated the American colonists as what they were in their own eyes: Englishmen – entitled to the same rights as other British subjects under the provisions of the Magna Carta. The king may have had pragmatic reasons for not granting major concessions to the colonists, but those reasons paled in comparison to the benefits to be gained. Sharing national sovereignty with colonists had its risks, but the benefits of maintaining a dominating world empire would have made those risks worthwhile. With adequate British foresight and finesse, we could even today be flying the Union Jack over our state – that is, provincial – capitols.
Fast forward to 2014, and we find an analogous situation. Instead of a king, we have a president, surrounded by advisors who are, as he is, disciples of the radical left. The list of abuses and usurpations, imposed on the American people, are now as long and as onerous as those enumerated in the Declaration of Independence. Our so-called representatives in London —oops, Washington – pass laws they have not read, and then exempt themselves from the burdens of those laws, while enforcing them on us.
The eventual result of such abuses is foreseeable and inevitable. At some future point in time, the longsuffering American people will once again declare independence.
Bear in mind, however, that the American Revolution of 1776 was not sparked overnight. Even after the Declaration was signed, sealed and delivered, about half the American colonists remained loyal to the king. Many of the battles of the war were fought not between Americans and British soldiers, but between Americans and Americans. Not even the infamous Boston Massacre triggered war. The infamous event occurred more than six years before independence was declared.
What is worrisome is that, while those in power may see a popular resistance coming, their response has not been to grant concessions, but to tighten their grip. Their granting of more individual freedoms takes the form of same-sex marriage, but not the form of honoring the Bill of Rights, a list of ten constitutional amendments that, let’s face it, would be fiercely opposed by the left were they today to be introduced for the first time. In particular, the Second and Tenth Amendments would never be allowed to the floor of Congress for a vote. Not even the Republican House Speaker would favor them.
Also worrisome is the clever leftist tactic of allowing the wolves to vote with the sheep on what to have for lunch. By confiscating wealth from those who produce it, and then distributing it to those who do not, including those who openly violate our immigration laws, the left has created a ready-made army of modern-day Tories, those who have become so dependent on the government largesse that is bankrupting us, that when, inevitably, the goose no longer lays the golden egg, there will be riots in the streets of every city in the nation. Unfortunately, the riots will be directed against those who produce, not against the tyrants.
Most worrisome of all is that the federal government now has in its possession forms of technology that multiply its power to suppress freedom – to suppress it by means far beyond anything that history has heretofore seen.
King George did not have drones, he did not have the NSA, he did not have HAARP, and he did not have the secret weapons systems which we can only guess have been developed.
We the People, on the other hand, have only a decreasing right to possess even the weakest forms of personal defense. To paraphrase the words of the president, we have only two weapons: our guns and our Bibles.
He missed the third one. We have an undying thirst for liberty. Together, these three weapons will eventually prevail.
The next American Revolution will not, however, be like the ones in the movies. It will not be over in ninety minutes. The handsome hero will not get the girl. It will instead be what the struggle for freedom has always been—“blood, sweat, toil and tears.” It has always been that, it will always be that, and one more thing: it will always be worth it.
Robert Arvay is a Contributing Writer to The Bold Pursuit®
(About the artwork: Originally entitled Yankee Doodle, this is one of several versions of a scene painted by A.M. Willard in the late nineteenth century that came to be known as The Spirit of ’76. The life-sized original hangs in Abbot Hall in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
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