This 4th of July, I ask this… “Are there similarities today with the tone that led up to the American Revolutionary War?”
While it was a different time with different people and different power struggles, are there any underlying parallels?
The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783) began as a conflict between Great Britain and its Thirteen Colonies which declared independence as the United States of America.
Why? According to Wikipedia’s summary (of which I concur) it was because of…
1. Growing philosophical and political differences
2. Taxation without representation
Similar to today?
Today more than ever in my lifetime there are very extreme philosophical and political differences within our own country. The difference today (from 1776) are these differences are from within – not directly from a foreign nation.
One might suggest though that global (versus U.S. National) influence and idealism has fostered much of these differences in our country. And therefore one might suggest that we’re ‘fighting’ a foreign ideal of sorts.
Taxation without representation? Today we effectively have little or no representation in my opinion. It is not about we the people (only superficially during voting season). Rather our representatives to a large extent represent other interests.
These two primary issues above are what led to the Revolutionary War.
It all culminated in 1773 with the Sons of Liberty destroying a shipment of tea in Boston Harbor.
Britain responded by closing Boston Harbor and passing a series of punitive measures against Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Massachusetts colonists responded with the Suffolk Resolves, and they established a shadow government which wrested control of the countryside from the Crown.
Twelve colonies formed a Continental Congress to coordinate their resistance, establishing committees and conventions that effectively seized power.
British attempts to disarm the Massachusetts militia at Concord, Massachusetts in April 1775 led to open combat.
Militia forces then besieged Boston, forcing a British evacuation in March 1776.
On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted for independence, issuing its declaration on July 4.
That Fall and Winter a British counter-offensive captured New York City in a series of battles, leaving American morale at a low ebb. However, victories at Trenton and Princeton restored American confidence.
In 1777 the British launched an invasion from Quebec to isolate the New England colonies but were decisively defeated at Saratoga.
The British mounted a “Southern strategy” which hinged upon a Loyalist uprising, but too few came forward.
The British suffered reversals at King’s Mountain and Cowpens and retreated to Yorktown, Virginia, intending an evacuation. But a decisive French (ally) naval victory deprived them of an escape.
A Franco-American army then besieged the British army and, with no sign of relief, they surrendered in October 1781.
In early 1782, British Parliament voted to end all offensive operations in North America.
Well, that’s your history lesson for today.
It feels like this July 4th we are at a crossroads of sorts. The remainder of this summer leading up to the November mid-term elections are predicted to be filled with turmoil.
I can’t even tell you how many articles I’ve read about Civil War.
I even wrote one of my own…
Can we save America once again? How?
By not letting the extreme left control the narrative. We must speak out. We must not remain complacent. We must use our 1st Amendment rights to the fullest extent. We must come out in mass on election day. Those are just a few suggestions…
Know however that the 2nd Amendment is in place to protect the 1st Amendment and all the rest of the Constitution. Let’s hope that we are not forced to utilize it in the way that it was set forth. We can do this peacefully. But we cannot remain silent and complacent while doing so.