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James Madison explains the uniqueness of the American Revolution
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Posted on 05/06/2012 9:17:57 AM PDT by ProgressingAmerica

In "Charters", James Madison wrote the following:

In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by power. America has set the example and France has followed it, of charters of power granted by liberty.

This is what makes modern revolutionaries so backward. They are stuck on stupid in old-think - that is, that power grants liberty. If only government could get bigger, we could grant the rights to _________________ for whatever special interest group they have in mind at the moment. Like the "right" to healthcare. In the comment "America has set the example", he makes it clear that it's never been done before. Every other revolution simply exchanged one set of rulers for another set of rulers. Madison continues:

This revolution in the practice of the world, may, with an honest praise, be pronounced the most triumphant epoch of its history, and the most consoling presage of its happiness. We look back, already, with astonishment, at the daring outrages committed by despotism, on the reason and the rights of man; We look forward with joy, to the period, when it shall be despoiled of all its usurpations, and bound for ever in the chains, with which it had loaded its miserable victims.

This highlights the brilliance of Madison. Not only did the founders successfully break free of the world's superpower, but they completely revolutionized the way man thought - and they knew it, or at least Madison did. In all of man's history, governments granted rights. And at every turn of the page governments abused that authority. Reagan put it simply:

And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except the sovereign people, is still the newest and the most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man.

The key is recognition of the individual. That phrasing is not specifically used here, but it can't be ignored. "Charters of power, granted by liberty" implies that individuals hold the true power, power over government. The most unique idea in the long history of man is this concept that the individual matters more than the group.

In the process of researching this blog posting, I came across this article titled "The Only Real Revolution" from the Future of Freedom Foundation. It largely says what I'm thinking in this instance, even moreso.

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1 posted on 05/06/2012 9:18:04 AM PDT by ProgressingAmerica
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Summary: Contrasting between the kind of person that believes in never-ending government power, and the kind that believes in limited government power.
2 posted on 05/06/2012 9:21:48 AM PDT by ProgressingAmerica (What's the best way to reach a you tube generation? Put it on you tube!)
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Greetings ProgressingAmerica:

Nice link President Reagan’s great speech concerning how easy we might lose our freedoms.


3 posted on 05/06/2012 1:02:42 PM PDT by OneLoyalAmerican (In God I trust, all others provide citations.)
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4 posted on 05/07/2012 8:31:26 AM PDT by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us:
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Thanks EdReform.

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5 posted on 05/07/2012 6:53:37 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time --
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Thanks so much for thinking of me...yes indeed...there was nothing like America up until that time...or since.

But, back in 1776, it was an unbelievable breakthrough...and more than Madison knew it. Madison was one of the incredible intellectual engines of our Founding...and since he wrote everything down, he is the one most remembered.

BUT, to have people like Madison, Hamilton, Mason, Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Jay, Morris, et. al., around at the same time is beyond comprehension.

6 posted on 05/07/2012 7:29:09 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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