Punchinello’s Chronicles

August 7, 2009

The American Revolution

Back in the middle of the 1700s (the 18th century), the colonies here in America were doing fine. There was a lot of money around, people were making a great living in many instances, and the “land of milk and honey” was bountiful. America wasn’t yet an independent nation, but there was increasing pressure on the economy.

In particular, the British crown, the royal government of England was running out of money. The French-Indian war, set up to harass the British, was costing England lots of money. There were more and more soldiers spreading throughout the colonies and the surrounding “wilderness.” British garrisons were filling up, and the population was taking sides.

To meet the budget shortfalls, England started passing more and more laws. There were more taxes, and all this money was going overseas to England. The colonists were doing a lot of work, and seeing less and less of the results of their labor. People started floating the idea of perhaps breaking away from England.

We all know the history, and it wasn’t long before the colonies did make that declaration of independence. What followed was a bitter war, dividing the population between British sympathizers and colonial revolutionaries. France backed the Americans, and eventually England pulled out. For awhile, until the war of 1812. But by then, the United States was fully established.

Following the war, the next major problem was to form some sort of new government. That’s where the entirely new philosophy of capitalism came in to play. The experiment was to guarantee that individuals would have the freedom to use their own mind, to create their own products, and most importantly, to own those products! That concept of private ownership is at the foundation of true capitalism.

233 years later, the United States, formed out of the original American colonies, stands at a crossroads. Who owns what? Do the individuals own the fruits of their labor? How much private ownership do we have? Who would have foreseen corporations and multinational enterprises? What about huge shareholder bases, with thousands of people owning small pieces of corporations?

At the same time, the US government in both federal and state versions have run out of money. Entitlement programs, unfunded mandates, global social programs have bankrupted the treasury. The US dollar is worth nothing and the American economy (backing that dollar) has been shrinking, slowly but surely.

Yet the government wants more and more money. More control, and more interference with individual freedoms and liberty. We have the Homeland Security agency, along with countless regulatory agencies like the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Each of those agencies and its regulations continues to take over more and more of our daily lives.

Now we have the so-called health care reform bill, more appropriately the health insurance reform proposition. According to basic analysis derived from reading the actual bill, we stand to lose more control of our personal lives than ever before. The current administration promised to raise no taxes from anyone making less than a quarter of a million dollars a year, yet secondary taxes are cropping up everywhere.

With the summer congressional sessions ended, our political representatives are coming home to their constituencies. The theory is to promote the health (something) bill they haven’t read. They want to pass a cap-and-trade bill that would tax all forms of energy. Yet we still have no coherent energy plan whatsoever. We still won’t drill our own oil, build our own nuclear power plants, or put into place improved coal production.

The federal budget is approaching $2-trillion, the overall US deficit is beyond calculation. Treasury securities are being auctioned off in numbers never-before imagined, yet the market for that debt is showing signs of drying up. Nobody else in the world can afford to pay for the American debt.

As the first of the meetings between federal politicians and local voters gets under way, we’re hearing reports of increasing rancor, displeasure, protests, and outright violence. Nobody’s been killed yet, but until the “shot heard round the world” in Lexington, Massachusettes, nobody had yet been killed prior to the American Revolution.

The disconnect between the US Federal government and we, the people, is now total. The voting population is now so polarized that there’s no possible reconciliation. Neither was there such a possible compromise between the British sympathizers and the colonialists.

Massachusetts Colony was a hotbed of sedition in the spring of 1775. Preparations for conflict with the Royal authority had been underway throughout the winter with the production of arms and munitions, the training of militia (including the minutemen), and the organization of defenses. In April, General Thomas Gage, [British] military governor of Massachusetts decided to counter these moves by sending a force out of Boston to confiscate weapons stored in the village of Concord and capture patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock reported to be staying in the village of Lexington.

The atmosphere was tense, word of General Gage’s intentions spread through Boston prompting the patriots to set up a messaging system to alert the countryside of any advance of British troops. Paul Revere arranged for a signal to be sent by lantern from the steeple of North Church – one if by land, two if by sea. On the night of April 18, 1775 the lantern’s alarm sent Revere, William Dawes and other riders on the road to spread the news. The messengers cried out the alarm, awakening every house, warning of the British column making its way towards Lexington. In the rider’s wake there erupted the peeling of church bells, the beating of drums and the roar of gun shots – all announcing the danger and calling the local militias to action.

In the pre-dawn light of April 19, the beating drums and peeling bells summoned between 50 and 70 militiamen to the town green at Lexington. As they lined up in battle formation the distant sound of marching feet and shouted orders alerted them of the Redcoats’ approach. Soon the British column emerged through the morning fog and the confrontation that would launch a nation began.

“Lay down your arms, you damned rebels…”

Battle of Lexington Green, 1775 – Eyewitnesstohistory.com

We now have the Washington administration denouncing conservatives as “rebels.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one of the most powerful people in the administration, tells us that people disrupting local townhall meetings are wearing swastikas. The clear implication (if not explicit pejorative) is that American citizens are now the same as Nazi thugs.

The mainstream media and journalists barely tell us the news, opting instead for pro-administration propaganda. But we have the Internet, and thousands of independent witness sites. Can we call the many blogs “news sources?” Many would say no. Many other would argue that the Internet stands as the safeguard to freedom.

The more I read about what’s happening these days, the more I draw a comparison between the Washington bureaucracy and King George III of England. Many people have tried to say that George W. Bush Jr. was “King George,” but nothing President Bush did compares with what’s being done by President Obama. History will clearly show the distinctions.

Will this quietly fade away, bringing back the good times of a booming American economy? How would that even be possible? What do we produce anymore that gives us the preeminent position of power? Our education system has graduated people who can barely spell the word “economy,” much less comprehend the meaning of money. Unemployment is at levels similar to the 1930s, with numbers increasing.

Yet America is 3,000 miles across! We have everything within our borders to build a fully independent nation. We just don’t have the will and the values at the moment. Socialism may have been acceptable to other nations, but none of them EVER had a national history of independence and individual freedom. As such, the attempt to usher in the “golden age” of socialism to the United States can’t succeed.

It seems to me that we’re verging on a historic change of millennial proportions. There likely will be some sort of revolution in the near future. By whom, for what purposes, with what proposed outcome is anybody’s guess. But there’s no doubt in my mind that we cannot continue with the level of total separation we see in today’s American population.

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