It is NOT just the economy, stupid! Fiscal only conservatives are clueless pseudo conservatives.
The battle for freedom against big government imposed tyranny MUST be fought on both fronts at the same time -social and economic!!!
Another informative 19th Century history, Richard Frothingham’s 1881 600+-page “Rise of the Republic of the United States,” provides insight into the development of the ideas of liberty and is now available on line.
Sadly, those who, today, see it as a “flawed” document, will not be persuaded, for their agenda is to “change” America from the “beacon of liberty” and prosperity it became under the Founders’ Constitution to an oppressive European model the Founders discarded.
92 posted on Sunday, November 29, 2009 1:18:40 PM by loveliberty2
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Considering the size and enthusiasm of the revolutionary movement the only way it could have been beaten would have been a combination of vigorous and aggressive conventional military operations connected to heavy handed and deliberate terrorization tactics involving extensive deliberate destruction of private and public property. This is basically what the US government used as a strategy to defeat the southern rebellion and this effective terrorism engaged in by Sherman and Sheridan and a host of lesser lights is routinely hailed both here and in the usual conventional nationalist texts as a mark of the wisdom and sagacity of the Union high command.
British efforts along these lines were scattered and unfocused but even those put a real fright into the American rebels. The Wyoming and Cherry valley raids and Arnold's operations along the Connecticut coasts and later in Virginia are mentioned with a shudder in many conventional American accounts of the Revolution. Walter Butler was probably correct in reportedly trying to convince the British in Montreal to greatly expand his raiding force at Niagara and incorporate regulars in it so that raids such as the Wyoming Valley operation could be mounted into the heartland of the revolutionaries and capturing and sacking Albany would have a powerful effect on depressing revolutionary zeal in New York.
The leadership of the American Revolution was certainly more dynamic and just plain smarter than those of George III and Great Britain but their lieutenants on the ground were also just plain more focused and ruthless in terrorizing, defeating, and beating both the redcoats and the large loyalist community. These are lessons that would be well for the modern GOP and those who call themselves conservatives to ponder. The enemies of liberty this time are better organized and far more focused and smart and ruthless than their opponents and they will win unless confronted with people who are just as ruthless and determined and if necessary unprincipled as they are. The rats know what the American rebels knew “Winning is not just the most important thing , it is the only thing’.
By 1750 the Colonies had the highest standard of living in the world and the highest per capita income in the world.
This would be the case for more than 200 years, when some of the wealthiest European countries finally caught up to us.
"I accept, with much pleasure your kind Congratulations on the happy Event of Peace, with the Establishment of our Liberties and Independence. Glorious indeed has been our Contest: glorious in its Issue; but in the midst of our Joys, I hope we shall not forget that, to divine providence is to be ascribed the glory and the Praise."
-- George Washington, Letter to Rev. John Rodgers, June 11, 1783
According to his Preface, Frothingham, as one of the "proprietors and editors" of a Boston newspaper, had, over a period from 1838 to 1872, already written many articles and histories of the Revolutionary Period, the Declaration, etc., his "Rise of the Republic. . ." was a massive undertaking at writing about the principles and ideas which motivated such a remarkable achievement on behalf of human liberty.
Now, may I suggest another provocative and extensive look at that achievement from a man of Frothingham's period, and a man whose perspective, given today's "progressive" interpretations, may be of special interest.
In that case, the man is Rev. Benjamin W. Arnett, an Ohio Legislator and Minister in the A.M.E. Church, who was invited to provide the Centennial of the Declaration of Independence Thanksgiving Sermon in November 1876 in the city of Urbana, Ohio. On his way to conclusions about America's founding and 100-year history, he traces the histories of governments throughout recorded history.
The full text may be read at the "Library of Congress - Historical Collections" -
"African-American Pamphlets from the Daniel A. P. Murray Collection," 1820-1920; American Memory, Library of Congress
CENTENNIAL Thanksgiving Sermon, DELIVERED BY REV. B. W. ARNETT, B. D., AT ST. PAUL A. M. E. CHURCH, URBANA, OHIO 1876
Beginning on P. 45 of this Sermon, Rev. Arnett begins a section he calls "The Danger to our Country." He identifies the leading proponents of the movement of individuals who self-identify as "liberals" and quotes from their literature of the fundamental "changes" they wish to bring about. Read that listing, prepared by one of their own, and see if it does not match the accomplishments of those we now identify as "progressives."
A third piece of writing from the period beginning in the 1870's through the early part of the 20th Century which sheds further light on our departure from the founding ideas can be read at the Liberty Fund Library here.
Titled, "The Impracticability of Socialism," Edward Stanley Robertson's essay, part of a collection on the Library site, provides clear distinctions between the ideas of today's Administration policies and those of America's Founders.
"Freedom is the most valuable of all human possessions, next after life itself. It is more valuable, in a manner, than even health. No human agency can secure health; but good laws, justly administered, can and do secure freedom. Freedom, indeed, is almost the only thing that law can secure. Law cannot secure equality, nor can it secure prosperity. In the direction of equality, all that law can do is to secure fair play, which is equality of rights but is not equality of conditions. In the direction of prosperity, all that law can do is to keep the road open. That is the Quintessence of Individualism, and it may fairly challenge comparison with that Quintessence of Socialism we have been discussing. Socialism, disguise it how we may, is the negation of Freedom. That it is so, and that it is also a scheme not capable of producing even material comfort in exchange for the abnegations of Freedom, I think the foregoing considerations amply prove." - EDWARD STANLEY ROBERTSON
And this is why some of us insist that the founding of the USA, the Declaration of Independence, and the US Constitution, truly a 5000-year leap in human existence, are stronger evidence of Divine Intervention than any or all the religions and religious writings that preceded them throughout history.