Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/14/what-i-saw-american-revolution
Progressives sometimes deride the American Revolution due to the legitimate issues of slavery and encroachment on indigenous lands. It is foolish, though, to therefore dismiss what it stood for. As Thomas Paine so eloquently argued in his pamphlet “Common Sense,” this was about something far greater than a mere tax squabble or assertion of colonial autonomy. 1776 was a unique opportunity to challenge the stranglehold monarchy held in European- no - global politics, to put the ideals of the Enlightenment into practice and create a viable republic on a scale not seen since Rome.
Paine, the agitator who turned this tax rebellion into a revolution, was a globalist.
That is what I see in the American Revolution, whether or not Trump and co understand it.
" THERE WAS NEVER A DEMOCRACY YET THAT DID NOT END IN SUICIDE". John Adams.
If Trump, who is a pathological liar; a user of porn stars; a friend of a sexual predator and sex trafficker like Epstein ( " he is a terrific guy " ) a white supremacist and a racist; is not impeached from my perspective, there will probably never be any President in the future ( can any future President ever be any worse than Trump!) who will ever be impeached and that is suicide!
I like George’s rosy cheeks.
Michael, you just weren’t looking in the right place. Dover AFB, established in 1775, why do think Delaware’s motto is “The First State”. /s
Everyone knows that horses need a long landing strip. It took a lot of guts, and likely some bribery to get our rich governors to sign up for revolution. Perhaps the fact that the bulk of the British military was stationed on the other side of the Atlantic gave them some comfort.
To talk of elitist power today as something new and forget its roots and actually praise the oppressors as spokesmen for liberty and treat their imposed laws under the constitution as admirable achievements is to forget actual real history and fall victim to propaganda and ruling class ideology. It is to be complicit in the camoflage of plutocracy by creating the form and appearance of popular government yet possessed only the minimum of substance. Those who argue that the Founding Fathers were motivated by high-minded ideals ignore the fact that it was they themselves who repeatedly stated their intention to create a government strong enough to protect the “haves” from the “have-nots”. They gave voice to the crassest class prejudices and at no time deny the fact that their concern was to thwart popular control and resist all tendencies toward class “levelling”. The Founding Fathers acted as much for economic motives as for “abstract democratic” ideals. Despite pretensions of being “enlightened” – sweeping aside monarchy, aristocracy and the established church – the new republic was never designed to be anything other than an oligarchic state.
Socialists are not afflicted with the disease of patriotism. Most Americans know as much about the Revolutionary War as they know about the wars and revolutions now devastating the world today - which means not very much at all.
The World Socialist Party of the United States declares that life, liberty, and happiness for every man, woman, and child are conditioned upon equal political and economic rights. The WSPUS declares its object to be the establishment of a system of a cooperative commonwealth, through the restoration and repossession to the people of all the means of production and distribution, to be administered by organized society in the interest of the whole people, and the complete emancipation of society from the domination of capitalism.
Sorry, but that “noble experiment” needed to have happened in England not on other peoples’ shores. You might find it enlightening to read Gerald Horne’s, The Counter Revolution of 1776.