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On Being in The Wilderness and the Long Game


Quoth Seth Lipsky:

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.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. 2012/12/05 18:55

    There’s revolution and revolutionary war.

  2. 2012/12/05 21:30

    I saw this today:

    I have to wonder what our forefathers would think of this mess. Of course we have some in the conservative set that would say, “why should I worry because I don’t do anything wrong”. We’ve really become idiotic farm animals. A revolution? I don’t think there are enough of us that both understand, give a damn and would take the risk. If you swapped the people of today with those of then, we’d be british subjects now or a commonwealth like Canada.

  3. Libertarian Advocate permalink
    2012/12/06 15:35

    Got an email from Reince Priebus saying thanks for all you’ve done for the Party. then, one of those Click here to donate links.

    Errrr, Reince, ‘fraid not Weasel Boy.

  4. ccoffer permalink
    2012/12/09 04:50

    “I have to wonder what our forefathers would think of this mess.

    I don’t. They knew this story. It’s not a new story. It’s a very old one. One they knew well.

  5. 2012/12/09 18:35

    Agreed. Jefferson and Adams wondered aloud how long it might last. (In 1830 de Tocqueville saw the coming storm.)

  6. Libertarian Advocate permalink
    2012/12/18 03:53

    This has been a singularly bad week in Nutmeglandia among those of our vision.

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