The American Revolution End?
By Barry Hess
We celebrate the 4th
of July each year with hotdogs on the grill and fireworks in the air,
but what exactly are we celebrating?
Most Americans I ask robotically
blurt out that we are celebrating the date in 1776 when “we”
declared our independence from England. And they would be right of
course, at least in the sense that this was the day in the
chronological history of Man when a formal declaration was made by a
small group of mere men that the new colonies would no longer allow
themselves to be subject to the cruel and oppressive rule of the
tyrannical King George.
But wait; could there be more to it
than just that? Could there be maybe a little more to it than that?
The answer is, yes. If only the
welfare school system would teach real history and critical thinking
skills, it is highly likely that the welfare school system itself
wouldn’t exist today, and America might still have the highest
literacy rate the world has ever known—instead of the lowest among
the “developed” nations.
I submit that a more than cursive
perusal of 18th century thought would reveal
that the ‘real’ declaration of independence that was made wasn’t
just about politics. It was a declaration of resolve clearly stating
that the inhabitants of this land weren’t just declaring their
freedom, as a group, from England, but as individuals, from
government rule altogether.
It was this underlying thought that
was ‘revolutionary’. The very notion that individuals could
literally rule themselves---and their own government was and is what
set the moment apart from all other separatist movements in the
sordid history of this world.
The welfare schools, set up by
government, falsely teach that Americans were declaring their freedom
to be ruled by their own cruel and oppressive government. The truth
is that the Americans were declaring their individual freedom from
government rule altogether. Why do you think the government schools
While you’re thinking, might I
encourage you to also consider a few simple questions?
When do you think the actual
independence from England and government rule took place? Was it
when that small band of men signed the document? Was it when they
took it out in public? Was it when they sent a copy to King George?
Or, was it when King George was forced in military defeat to
acknowledge his lack of control over the colonies?
There should be no doubt that the
independence of the colonies was won by military rebuff. There is an
actual time and date stamp we can put on it, but our freedom, as
individuals—that’s a completely different story.
Our freedom as individuals is
constantly being won at the very moment we as individuals resolve
that it is, and not a moment before. See, those extraordinarily
well-reasoned and educated men who pledged their lives, their
fortunes and their sacred honor knew full well that all of those
things were and would always be the targets of oppression. They knew
full well that gaining independence from England was the easy part
and it could be defined as having occurred at a specific time. We
know when the war for independence ended.
The hard part was the “revolution”
as it applied to the inherent rights of the individual. “That”
revolution would never end, and it never has.
When Frederick Douglas uttered words
to the effect of the limits of tyranny being defined by the endurance
of the oppressed, he was speaking of the individual revolution as an
We are fortunate that the oppressors
we face today from within our own government are so callous and
removed. They have stolen our sustenance. They have stolen our
family bonds and values. They have stolen our property and the value
of our currency. They have unwittingly pushed us to the limits of
our endurance, encroaching on each of our lives, fortunes and sacred
This is the fuel that has ignited a
new fire in the hearts of all true Americans to revive the smoldering
embers of freedom. So let this day of remembrance give us the
courage and resolve to continue to rise up and again cast off a cruel
and oppressive government.