A Republic, If We Can Kee- Oh, Hey! There’s An Extreme Couponing Marathon On TLC!

4 Jul

Happy Birthday, America. Can I call you America? Yes?

Later tonight, I’ll observe my usual tradition of getting drunk and randomly dialing someone in Great Britain to rub our independence in his or her face before cackling wildly and hanging up.

As David G. McCullough noted in his excellent book, 1776, most colonists in that year did not favor independence from England.  Only about a third did.  Another third actively opposed severing ties with the king, and the rest of the people just wanted to stay out of it and get about their daily routine of trying to feed their families and not die of various communicable diseases.  Only about 10% of the population served in any capacity in the Continental Army, a militia or the navy, such as it was at the time.  That’s 10% of a population of only about 2 million colonists.

Times were desperate.  The war did not go well at all.  Many of those who signed up to serve either deserted or simply went home when their enlistment expired, cold, hungry and disillusioned with suffering many lopsided defeats and constantly running to avoid joining battle with their better trained, equipped and numerically superior foes.

It was a very near thing, this War for Independence.  That there were enough patriots – patriots who loved the idea of a country that did not officially exist yet – to carry on the fight and prevail against the British Empire was nothing less than divine providence.

Today’s enemy isn’t the redcoats.  It’s apathy.  When everyone has it pretty good, it’s a lot harder to be on guard for your individual liberty.   One election isn’t going to solve our problems.  And how are you going to motivate the most affluent society the world has ever known, when you could only get one-third of them involved back when foreign troops were hanging citizens in town squares for voicing displeasure against their king?

Human nature tends towards tryranny.  Control.  Making rules for your own good.  And along the way, carving out some nice perks for the ruling class.  Thus has it ever been, and thus will it ever be.  It’s not that those who don’t study history are doomed to repeat it.  We’re going to repeat it anyway.  Human nature demands it.

I just hope I don’t live long enough to see it.

 

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4 Responses to “A Republic, If We Can Kee- Oh, Hey! There’s An Extreme Couponing Marathon On TLC!”

  1. Kansas Gman July 4, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    On the bright side, we can all look forward to being served heaping bowls of complimentary Soylent Green.

  2. fastfreefall July 4, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    It’s maddening to see so many folks that don’t realize, or won’t realize, that maintaining liberty is a hard and difficult business. More often than not, it seems to take hard, bleak times to push people as a group to do the work necessary to win/maintain that liberty. As for me and mine, I keep repeating that blurb from the Mex revolutionary, E.Zapata, “it is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees”.
    We just gotta hope there’s enough patriots with strong hearts to keep pressing, and if so, even against the greates odds, liberty will prevail, this awesome country will continue.

    Happy Fourth yo.

  3. Reactionary July 5, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    Well said EOJ. Alas, people tend to get the government they deserve, and the Welfare Rat Breeding Initiative started up by LBJ has been churning out folks with a slave mentality for generations. As you say – hopefully the worst will hold off until after my time.

  4. Blue Hen July 5, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    I think that there’s some hope remaining, but you are right in that we have little or no margin for error.

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