Ever since the hamfisted and blunderingly obvious theft of the 2020 Presidential Election, some of the more bombastic and hyperbolic patriots have been blowing off steam, shooting off their mouths and talking stupid $hit on social media about "altering and abolishing," in the spirit of the American Revolution.
While Patriots' reverence for God-given life has, of course, prevented any actual violence (except by BLM and Antifa), c'mon, folks. Really!?! Your hyperbole set it up on a tee and Nancy Pelosi and Antifa knocked it outta the park...committing actual violence on January 6th they then projected onto Peaceful Patriots (who tried to stop them from behaving violently!).
Both big-mouthed Patriots and Pelosi erred by assuming that violence is the whole kit-and-kaboodle of our Founding Fathers' legacy. Perhaps that's because all we really know about them is the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution.
Oh! We couldn't be more wrong!
Recently, my research into the pre-Declaration of Independence era of American history has impressed upon me the incredible peacefulness, patience, diplomacy, long-suffering and arms-only-as-a-last-resort ethics of our Founding Fathers.
By not taking up arms anywhere against anyone, Patriots and President Trump are following in the Founding Fathers' footsteps. Just like them, we are restoring these United States of America from the ground up just as our Founding Fathers built her in the 1700s: person by person, heart by heart, soul by soul, legislature by legislature, state by state. From dog-catcher to Senator, America is being slowly and steadily re-instilled with the MAGA spirit of our Founding Fathers.
If this is The Plan, and I believe it is, then our Founding Fathers are looking down from Heaven and smiling.
The Great Awakening: To Understand 1776, Go Back to 1720
One hears the phrase "The Great Awakening" bandied about a lot lately. It's my understanding it's a synonym for red-pilling. But the original Great Awakening of the 1720s-1760s had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with the colonists' relationship to God. Only after they found their Freedom in Christ did their faith inform their politics.
Now, you may've noticed that I've begun quoting rather a lot from my ol' High School textbook, United States History for Christian Schools, Second Edition. Yep, that's right! Found it on eBay and snagged it for $38.69..although it's against my religion to pay more than $5 for a used book...or any book. Like Trump, I'm "basically cheap."
I swear our teachers worked hard at making American history deadly dull in the classroom. Done right tho', history is fascinating! Imagine young faces all lit up, held in thrall by tales of our heroic, brilliant Founding Fathers instead of nodding off during history class.
But I digress. Where was I? Oh yes: Page 52.
What's missing from all this? Ummm, oh, that's right! Any mention of violence although I'm sure now and then the colonists picked up their trusty flintlock to bag a squirrel for dinner. (Rocky tastes just like turkey, btw. I had him at an Amish supper. Haven't tasted Bullwinkle yet.)
Wearing Out Their Welcome
Actually, there was rather a lot of fighting in the 1700s Colonies...but it wasn't against the British.
France was the original owner of Canada and a great swath of the mid-section of North America reaching from Quebec, down the Mississippi, all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. The French (and their American Indian allies) and Britain, the Colonists (and their American Indian allies) fought and skirmished over land for decades. Our French and Indian War (1754-1763) even overflowed into Europe becoming their Seven Years War (1756-1763.) One particularly blundering Colonial soldier who fought alongside the British (and once, to the French's delight, built Fort Necessity in a low area overlooked by French-held heights...duh!) went by the name of George Washington.
And, as usual, the English tactics of line-'em-up fighting were idiotic to say the least.
Brave but stupid. Thanks to never learning their lesson, come the Revolutionary War twenty years later they still lined up...but I'm getting ahead of myself.
After fighting for the British for decades, the colonies' relationship with them soured when Parliament decided to saddle the Colonists with a standing British army of 10,000 singularly unhelpful and clueless troops at a cost to us of £350,000 in addition to suddenly deciding to keep a close eye on the colonies thanks to King George III (age 22) ascending the throne in 1750.
Like relatives who come for a nice, loooooong visit, the America/England relationship was pretty much downhill from there. "What was the use of this costly British army," asks my history book, "if it could not even offer basic protection?".
A Taste of Freedom
The problem with giving people even a tiny taste of Freedom is that, like the song says, "I like it, I love it, I want some more of it."
If you want to keep someone isolated and subservient, 1) lavish them so they remain dependent on you and 2) don't let them realize they're capable if taking care of themselves. Apparently, King Georgie didn't get the memo.
If you think all the colonists wanted to declare independence from Great Britain, Honey Child, you couldn't be more wrong. Way back in 1690, the winds of Independence were already blowing but the colonies "did not cooperate with one another well enough...an intercolonial conference held in New York in 1690 failed from lack of unity."
Again in 1754, the Albany Congress failed to gel, I mean, "establish political unity," after Benjamin Franklin proposed that "representatives...be apportioned according to the amount that each colony contributed to the central treasury."
Just imagine if that rotten idea had gone through! I guess Franklin was still cutting his political teeth. "The plan was finally rejected, however, because the colonists feared that it would establish a government that was too strongly centralized" aka for sale to the highest bidder! (Dang, that sounds so familiar.)
They already had enough problems with "colonial...governors...[who] owed their jobs to the king but their salary to the colonial assembly."
Part of the problem with forming an American identity was the colonists were such an incredibly diverse bunch of folks.
Luckily, just like the Biden/Harris Fake Regime today, King George III was so bloody-minded that he did a fantastic job of red-pilling the colonists and pissing them off so badly, they finally formed a new cohesive identity together as Americans, regardless of country of origin, language or creed. He worked hard at it just as those abominations in DC are doing now.
Like children neglected by an abusive yet needy parent, we learned we could govern ourselves. We learned we could defend ourselves. We learned we could provide and support ourselves. We learned we didn't need jack $hit from England. Above all, we grew to resent King George's growing demands that we do none-of-the-above and instead bow to him, depend on him and pay him like some kind of Smother Mother, regardless of how badly he treated us.
The Crimes of the King
It almost seems like King George III wanted the Americans to break away, so badly did he mistreat us. I guess, like all abusers, he drove us away...and then punished us for going.
I won't reinvent the wheel by detailing what he did here but if you'd like to read the eloquent and shocking list of Georgie's crimes, yesterday's article has them all. Take your time. I'll wait. ;)
Here's the high spots of his "taxation without representation."
To the cultured, intelligent and well educated Founding Fathers, it was all intolerable which shows incredible self-esteem, I think. No second class citizens were they!
Perhaps, the most well-known monarchical crime fomented the colonists to a little thing we call "Boston Harbor a teapot tonight" in protest of the Tea Act of 1773 which not only taxed tea shipped to the colonies but also granted a monopoly to the East India Company, even though imported Dutch tea was cheaper.
According to legendary gastronomist, James Beard, writing in Beard on Food in 1974:
Some schoolchildren in California heard of the debt and collected money, sending it Davison, Newman & Co. Ltd. to try to recoup the loss. Typical bleeding heart liberals! LOL Actually, it's quite an adorable gesture.
Finally! The First Continental Congress of 1774
Which brings us to the First Continental Congress of 1774: only took eighty-four years for the fledgling American colonies to grow up, form an identity, realize their power, experience enough abuse to make them treasure their freedom and finally come together in a cohesive whole that actually worked.
Took ya long enough! I mean, I'm very grateful for his leadership and eloquence.
My point, Patriots, is that the Founding Fathers had been chafing against British rule from 1750 (and earlier) and a quarter of a century later, the "shot heard round the world" still had not been fired. (And frankly, to this day, no one knows who even fired it.)
Peace. Patience. Diplomacy. Working with and through the existing systems. Exhaustion of all options and avenues. This is the spirit of the Founding Fathers...unlike some I don't care to name who were calling for "1776" before the Democrats had even finished running, re-running, re-re-re-running photocopied ballots through the Dominion machines and then tweaking the final totals in November.
Foolish hyperbole is not the spirit of the Founding Fathers and frankly, I believe they'd be shaking their powdered wigs at such rhetoric. They put up with much worse for much longer without the benefit of either the Declaration or the Constitution, without our established system of government, without checks-and-balances, without social media. We can not and dare not do less if we wish to be worthy of their legacy and high calling. We will prevail peacefully for they gave us wonderful tools to work with!
Oh! I love history! Tomorrow or Wednesday we'll pick up with the Continental Congress of 1774. Thank you for reading!
TO BE CONTINUED
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