Thursday, November 04, 2010
Remember the Meme - The Real American Revolution
Now that November 2 has passed, and a “new” selection of individuals have been granted the mantle of alleged representation of the people in Congress, selected individuals who mouthed promises of a return to limited government, fiscal and personal responsibility, and repeal of the State’s more onerous legislation, most we the people will now sit back with a wait and see attitude prior to passing judgement as to whether these newly selected alleged representatives of their interests words are reflected in their actions.
Undoubtedly, the Tea Party played a role in the events of this November 2, drawing American individuals’ eyes and minds back through America’s history to the original events of 1773 and the meme of liberty, freedom and revolution. If the contemporary Tea Party can thanked for any contribution to our times, it should be thanked for resurrecting within Americans the idea upon which America was originally founded.
With the above in mind, I draw your attention to the following words of John Adams, in a letter to H. Niles penned in 1818.
But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. While the king, and all in authority under him, were believed to govern in justice and mercy, according to the laws and constitution derived to them from the God of nature and transmitted to them by their ancestors, they thought themselves bound to pray for the king and queen and all the royal family, and all in authority under them, as ministers ordained of God for their good; but when they saw those powers renouncing all the principles of authority, and bent upon the destruction of all the securities of their lives, liberties, and properties, they thought it their duty to pray for the continental congress and all the thirteen State congresses, &c.
There might be, and there were others who thought less about religion and conscience, but had certain habitual sentiments of allegiance and loyalty derived from their education; but believing allegiance and protection to be reciprocal, when protection was withdrawn, they thought allegiance was dissolved.
Another alteration was common to all. The people of America had been educated in an habitual affection for England, as their mother country; and while they thought her a kind and tender parent, (erroneously enough, however, for she never was such a mother,) no affection could be more sincere. But when they found her a cruel beldam, willing like Lady Macbeth, to “dash their brains out,” it is no wonder if their filial affections ceased, and were changed into indignation and horror.
This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution. (bold by ed.)
Now that November 2 has passed, do not allow yourselves to fall into a somnolent state of mind regarding your liberty and freedom, a somnolence which will be induced by dronings, posturings and apologetics emanating from the mouths of the newly selected mixed with the voices of the old selecteds.
Remember the meme. The real American Revolution is, as Adams states, “radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments and affections of the people.” Fan the flames of the real American revolution.