Dreams from the LORD 2003-2006
21 July 2005
A Revolutionary People at War: The Continental Army and American Character
By Charles Royster
By Charles Royster
"Prologue: The Call To War, 1775-1783":
Page 5: "Many revolutionaries believed that God had chosen
to preserve and to exemplify self-government for the world. The revolutionary generation had to fulfill God's purpose against the attacks of men who, they thought, knowingly strove to sap or smash self-government everywhere. History was full of tyrants who ruled because they alone were strong or because the people had decided to share the rulers' corruption by selling themselves into slavery. Seen in this light, the British attack was no surprise, just as America 's freedom was no accident. Britain sought to subjugate America partly out of envy of America's strength, prosperity, and liberty. Britain and America were like Cain and Abel, but Americans would defend themselves. Having been chosen by God to show how self-government enabled a people to flourish--and holding this promise in trust for the world--what could Americans expect but assault? In the New Jersey Journal, 'A Soldier' said, 'We ought to rejoice that the ALMIGHTY Governor of the Universe hath given us a station so honourable, and planted us the guardians of liberty, while the greatest part of mankind rise and fall undistinguished as bubbles on the common stream.'" America
"There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt."
The Bullet Proof President
The Bullet Proof President
The Americans who protested against British encroachments on colonial liberties wanted to preserve their traditional rights. They were not revolutionaries seeking the radical restructuring of society... They used the word 'innovation' pejoratively... "no freeman should be subject to any tax to which he has not given his own consent" [-John Adams]... From the American point of view, such taxation without consent was an intolerable novelty... They protested that their ancient chartered rights were being violated... The Americans defended their traditional rights. The French revolutionaries despised French traditions and sought to make everything anew: new governing structures, new provincial boundaries, a new “religion,” a new calendar—and the guillotine awaited those who objected...ReplyDelete
In a certain sense, there was no American Revolution at all. There was, instead, an American War for Independence in which Americans threw off British authority in order to retain their liberties and self-government. In the 1760s, the colonies had, for the most part, been left alone in their internal affairs... [The] colonists did not seek the total transformation of society that we associate with other revolutions, such as the Industrial Revolution, the French Revolution, or the Russian Revolution. They simply wished to go on enjoying self-rule when it came to their internal matters and living as they always had for so many decades before British encroachments began. The American “revolutionaries” were conservative, in the very best sense of that word...
When modern-day liberals justify extremely broad readings of the Constitution on the grounds that we need a "living, breathing Constitution" that "changes with the times", they are actually recommending the very system the colonists sought to escape. The British constitution was very flexible indeed -- too flexible for the colonists, who were inflexibly committed to upholding their traditional rights. The "living, breathing" British constitution was no safeguard of American liberties.
-- "THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT
GUIDE TO AMERICAN HISTORY:
Everything (Well, Almost Everything)
You Know About American History Is Wrong"
by Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Ph.d.
(from Chapter 2:
"AMERICA'S CONSERVATIVE REVOLUTION")
[This is my reply to this post: https://lifeondoverbeach.wordpress.com/2020/11/13/paul-craig-roberts-the-money-of-the-elite-prevails/ ]ReplyDelete
The money of the elite prevails in the world system, not the Kingdom of Heaven. The currency of the world is definitely money (“the love of money is the root of all evil” – I Timothy 6:10). If you have money, you can have power and influence or else you can buy power and influence.
The currency of the Kingdom of Heaven is the Presence of God. The Presence of God or the Power of God slices through everything in the world system like a hot knife through butter. The Presence of God or the Will of God trumps everything (no pun intended): the Lord put Donald Trump in the White House, even though billions of dollars was spent on Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Using money as influence works in a democracy or in mob rule. George Soros pays protestors to riot, destroy property and kill people: in the short run, these anarchists get all the attention they want from the Marxist mainstream media; in the long run, the Presence of God prevails and these anarchists end up hanging from their own gallows in the court of public opinion.
The United States was set up as a constitutional republic or a representative republic, not a democracy. Hired thugs love a democracy; Christians love a constitutional republic: it is darkness vs light and light will always win out: the Lord will always prevail.
What we are seeing in our American Republic is a fight between the ideals of the English Civil War (1642-1651) and the ideals of the French Revolution (1789-1799): Christianity vs Godless Marxism, Christ vs Satan.
“The civil war of the seventeenth century, in which Milton is a symbolic figure, has never been concluded. . .”
–T.S. Eliot, MILTON (1947)