Harold W. Pease, Ph.D.
Special to Valley News
In the first American Revolution, Americans roughly divided in three equal groups, loyalists favored England, patriots supported the colonists and another third were too apathetic to help either group. The patriots won because the apathetic third would not stand with the loyalists but also would not support them. In that revolution the enemy, England, was largely overseas.
As a young man I wondered which side I’d have supported as a colonist in 1776. Would I have been at Valley Forge with George Washington during the devastatingly cold winter of 1777? Would I have left my plow, grabbed my rifle and raced to the front without command to stop Johnny Burgoyne in the Battle of Saratoga? Would I have supported the Declaration of Independence and eventually the Constitution and Bill of Rights that followed? And still later, would I have risked my life to end slavery for my Black brothers in the American Civil War?
Yes! I know I would because as an adult I stand for the same things as they did. With which group would you have stood? Is it still so today?
In the current American Revolution, the enemy is inside the United States. Basically, they are the crowd which hates America, the Constitution, the Founders, tradition, statues, religion, law and order and the police. Many are anarchists, socialists and gang thugs like Antifa. They achieve their purposes through intimidation, fear, looting, burning buildings in the primarily Black neighborhoods they pretend to uplift and killing policemen. Most probably do not vote; they have a more effective way to destroy America – anarchy; nevertheless, they decidedly favor the Democrat Party.
Amazingly, Democrat Party icons such as former President Jimmy Carter, former President Bill Clinton, former Sen. Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama, Sen. Chuck Schumer or Sen. Nancy Pelosi and former Vice President Joe Biden do not publicly condemn their positions or their violence. Together they could stop anarchists in their tracks but do not. Because there exists no pushback from Democratic Party leadership – not even when the flag is burned – an intelligent person must conclude that this behavior is now the Democrat Party, a party that would have been rejected by John F. Kennedy and all pre-Kennedy Democratic presidents.
This Fourth of July is very different from all those preceding it. America is poised to openly reject everything the Founding Fathers stood for. Portland, Oregon, recently toppled a statue of George Washington, the father of this country, placing the flag around his neck and setting it afire. The Abraham Lincoln statue, which represents the man who with 360,222 northerners gave his life ending slavery, was torn down while leaving untouched the statue of Steven A. Douglas who ran as the Democrat presidential nominee supporting continued slavery. Logic is upside-down and inside out.
Historically, Democrats have been the party of slavery and the Ku Klux Klan. Today they run America’s 20 largest cities. Most of those cities want to defund their police, leaving poor Black people unprotected, but Blacks still vote for the party that has historically betrayed them. In this way, they remain under slavery. Today, the party encourages the slaughter of their young through abortion.
There is a division in this country, unlike any since the Civil War, and a threat to individual liberty, unlike any since the first American Revolution. As was the case then, only one side can win. The choice is freedom or tyranny, the Constitution or socialist enslavement. But internet platforms and the vast majority of media outlets, college professors and elected officials today favor one side of this equation. These are formable opponents that are every bit equal to England in 1776. But we must stand firm; everyone’s liberty is at stake.
Imagine a country where its enemies seek to disarm its citizens against the Second Amendment, remove its border protection of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, defund its protectors – the police – and threaten religious assembly and free speech. Today the biggest enemy to our liberty is from within. I believe the day will come when our eyes are opened to the designs of the would-be tyrants around us and when no one will admit having been a member of the Democrat Party.
The vast majority of our opponents in the present revolution show a negative bias toward Christianity. They ruled church meetings as nonessential during the coronavirus pandemic. They set St. John’s Episcopal Church, across from the White House, afire. Shaun King, a leader with Black Lives Matter, wants statues of Christ torn down. blackAre Bibles to be burned next?
A relationship with God is mentioned five times in the Declaration of Independence. This document brought on war against the greatest power on earth at the time, and no European strategist gave the patriots a ghost of a chance of winning – yet they stood and won. They could count on no one but God and themselves. We must resurrect the war cry in that document again: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”
Former President John Quincy Adams said it best.
“Posterity – You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it,” Adams said.
Let us never forget that liberty is not free. It was purchased and maintained by the blood of those before us and may have to be once again.
Let it be a warning to those who would take freedom from us now. We too are standing “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,” mutually pledging “to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”
Again, which side are you standing with?
Harold W. Pease, Ph.D., is a syndicated columnist and an expert on the United States Constitution. He has dedicated his career to studying the writings of the Founding Fathers and to applying that knowledge to current events. He taught history and political science from this perspective for over 30 years at Taft College. To read more of his weekly articles, visit http://www.LibertyUnderFire.org.