Since joining ATS I have gone through many changes politically. At one point I wrote a thread entitled
The Declaration of Independence 2009
. Born out of frustration with my government for
ignoring the Constitution and in many cases egregiously violating the rights of Americans that our Founders warned us to jealously guard. I felt then
that revolution may be the only answer, and that the "blood of patriots and tyrants" was needed to purge the country of the evils I perceived around
Since writing that thread I have done a lot of growing as a person. My frustration has morphed into determination to right the wrongs, but not by the
barrel of my AR15, but by the power of my ideas. Throughout this time I have made strange alliances with members that would normally be diametrically
opposed to my view on the world...Though we shared one thing, we'd rather yell at each other over policy than shoot at each other over control. Why?
Because history teaches us to be VERY careful what we wish for.
As the United States was wrapping up the revolution with the ratification of the US Constitution in 1789, the French were just beginning to feel the
air of revolt blowing around them. Mass poverty and top heavy economics were simply crushing the people. A yearning for liberty akin to what their
American brothers had achieved was swiftly becoming popular. Equality under the law, citizenship, and inalienable rights were the call of the day.
They were the principles of the Enlightenment Era, and the French were just as ferociously hungry for these ideals as they were for the bread they
Looking back at the French Revolution is like staring into a mirror today. Financial crisis, hunger, unemployment, unresponsive government, and a
greedy callous merchant class fueled class hatred and eventually gave life to what would be known as the Reign of Terror. The overthrow of the old
system was complete, and after the execution of Maximilian Robespierre(The leader of the French Revolution) power was vested in a select group of
individuals known as The Directory, unhinged and poorly organized, it was replaced by a Consulate that gave rise to none other than Napoleon
Bonaparte. A Dictator who took the country to war and brought ruin to Europe, the Americas, and France in a very short amount of time. The hunger for
revolution was all the opportunity needed for an organized group to seize power in a disorganized situation.
Another little known revolution was the Taiping Rebellion
which killed 20 million people
nearly all of which were civilians lead by a religious fanatic named Hong Xiuquan. This rebellion was to establish a Chinese national identity.
Instead the winners of that revolution were England and France. China was under foreign rule as a result. Another failed revolution. The Communists
that would later on take control of the country would learn from this revolution, and they too would usher in several decades of oppression and murder
by the millions.
The Cuban Revolution was another example of a hungry and desperate people looking to oust corruption and tyranny from their land and breath the air of
liberty. Instead, the leaders of the Cuban revolution forced a communist dictatorship on the people. Today the Revolution is alive and well, and
serving as a living example of how autocrats take advantage of desperate and unorganized situations to take power.
Which brings me to the Second American Revolution....It hasn't happened yet. And I don't think it should. I've heard many calls from the left and the
right about how the American people should grab their guns and fight the 'powers that be'. To me, this is a very frightening prospect as the Founders
of this great nation were incredibly fortunate to have crafted their nation after having organized and won the war of Independence from the British
crown. Divine Providence, indeed. However, today the world is far more complex. There are groups of well organized people and foreign interests who
would love nothing less than to see chaos on the streets of America, waiting with bated breath for their opportunity to offer the salvation that many
here clamor for. Be it a communist revolt, or a Constitutionalist revolt, I believe the chaos to ensue would serve the purposes of those who's ideals
would leave the United States in the hands of dictators..A dangerous prospect, not only for Americans, but for the world as a whole.
We have the most advanced military force the world has ever seen. We have the worlds most secretive and best organized intelligence apparatus. Imagine
that power in the hands of less scrupulous leaders than those we complain about today.
History, indeed, teaches us to be ever so careful. If we ignore the warnings of history we will wind up slaves to a power as of yet unrealized in
brutality and pervasiveness. We should seek restoration of what made this country great, prosperous, and free. To wish for revolution, in the context
of every failed revolution in history, would be to wish for our own demise.
So I ask my fellow Americans, do not be so hasty toward Revolution. There is still time, there is still hope, there is still a way forward.
edit on 24-10-2011 by projectvxn because: a few spelling and grammatical errors