Skip to comments.The Americanness of the American Revolution
Posted on 06/17/2013 6:15:52 PM PDT by Lorianne
Why was the American Revolution, of all great revolutions, the only successful one, resulting in two centuries and more of unexampled freedom and prosperity? The French Revolution, by contrast, illuminated by Americas example and Enlightenment thought, began in blissful optimism but collapsed into a blood-soaked tyranny much worse than the monarchy it deposed. It spawned a military dictatorship that convulsed Europe and roiled half the globe for over a decade with wars of grandiose imperial aggression that slew at least 3 million. And the result of 25 years of turmoil? The Bourbon monarchy, minus the Enlightenment of its earlier incarnation, settled comfortably back down on its throne.
The Russian Revolution switched one despotism for another; and a century later, after the millions of deaths from its purges, slave camps, and intentionally inflicted famines, Russia remains a despotism, without rights or justice. We all get only one life: imagine someone born under the billowing flags of the new Soviet Union in 1917, who had to live that whole single life without the freedom so much as to speak the truth of the squalid, oppressive reality he saw in front of his own eyes. One single lifeand what you can make of the one you have depends so much on what others have done to mold the time and place in which you live.
The Founders knew that truth so well that they announced their nationhood by significantly changing John Lockes catalog of natural rights
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There hasn’t been a general war of religion since the Thirty Years War, and even that quickly devolved into a fight among the great powers for supremacy in Germany. And, as you point out, the general European or “world” wars after that were all about power and money.
As for general wars of religion, you are correct, and we're probably due, which may be where the whole Jihad thing is taking the world. Happy thought.
I don’t think Europe will have the will to defend itself when the takeover comes.
The American aspect of the European wars generally consisted of fighting Indian allies of the French. Until the last one when the Brits decided they’d just take Canada and solve the problem for good.
Both sides and their native allies went at the Spanish settlements and their native allies in Queen Anne's War. Those warring native tribes that considered the white settlers also to be warring tribes were absolutely correct about it.
The French support for us was a classic case of the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Our revolution succeeded b ecause 90% of our population could read and were smarter than your subsequent average revolutionist. The literacy rate in England at that time was in the 20% zone. America was based upon the mass migration of Europe’s best and brightest who saw through that “divine right of Kings” social programming, the endemic corruption of the Church and aristocracy, those who fought with Cromwell and anti-monarchist republicans/whigs who were hounded and harassed out of their homeland for it. America was a form of exile for the republican intelligentsia of Europe. Our revolution was also ably led by men of genius caliber and that can make a whole lot of difference when compared to a revolution such as the one not so ably led by Pol Pot.