On Being in The Wilderness and the Long Game
We are ever more plainly at what I like to call a constitutional moment, in which our politics are so divided that we are getting down to the bedrock. The more one studies it, the more one sees guidelines for the long game.
There is going to be a huge mess to sort-out; there will be some time yet before course correction. What of the Tea Party Revolution you ask? Recall that Rick Santelli’s rant from the CMX came in 2009. It has only been four years since.
By what do we mean the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the Revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The Revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected, from 1760 to 1775, in the course of fifteen years before a drop of blood was shed at Lexington. The records of thirteen legislatures, the pamphleteers, newspapers in all the colonies, ought to be consulted during that period to ascertain the steps by which the public opinion was enlightened and informed concerning the authority of Parliament over the colonies. – JOHN ADAMS, letter to Thomas Jefferson, August 24, 1815
Fifteen years. The first Revolution took nearly a generation. There was much time in the Wilderness. Washington’s retreat through New Jersey. Of times and trying men’s souls; we’ve been here before. Pray. Take heart.