The drumbeats of his borrowed horse’s hooves echoed to the midnight skies. On April 18, 1775, he was informed by a Dr. Joseph Warren the British were coming to arrest John Hancock and Samuel Adams, and he raced to warn our forefathers of the coming danger. He was rowed across the Charles River to Charleston, where he borrowed the horse from a friend, Deacon John Larkin. And he rode, the import of his message ringing out. The British were coming.
At his arrival in Lexington, Massachusetts, where Hancock and Adams could be found, a sentry requested his silence. It was after midnight, and he was disturbing the citizenry. “Noise!” our fearless rider cried, “You’ll have noise enough before long. The regulars are coming out!” And he delivered his message, and was joined by a second rider, William Dawes, who had arrived from another route. They galloped on to a weapons cache in Concord, and were joined by a third, Dr. Samuel Prescott. Immediately after becoming three, the men were arrested by a British patrol, and although Dawes and Prescott made their escape quickly, the original rider was held longer. On that night more than two centuries ago, Paul Revere made his ride, and the die were cast for the American Revolution.
Two centuries ago, almost two hundred and fifty years, the Declaration of Independence was agreed upon by a group of men who never imagined their future children would throw it away with both hands. Battle after battle was waged, with heavy losses: more than 50,000 Americans were killed or wounded during the American Revolution. As horrible as the thousands lost to the War on Terror are, they pale in comparison to the horrors of our revolution. In the American Revolution, brother fought against brother, women banded together to support the troops by whatever drastic means necessary, and combat was one-on-one, up-close-and-personal, bayonet-mounted battle.
This is Independence Day, and the events leading up to our founding fathers' fight for freedom from tyranny are all too often forgotten amidst the fireworks and barbeques. People think of the tyranny of the British as a long-ago problem, and in some ways, they are right, for our troubles today are not drifting from international waters. No, tyranny today is very much at home in our nation’s capital, and the complacency of the public is cause for great concern.
Centuries ago, Americans were a far more rough-and-tumble crowd. We won the American Revolution because our forefathers were willing to lay down their lives for freedom, one after another, in droves, an idea foreign to most in this day and age. Today, our all-volunteer US Armed Forces are suffering greatly at the hands of the man in the White House, with pay cuts, benefit drops – including housing cuts, and even firearms not being issued to everyone with boots on the ground overseas. Admittedly, who would want to join today, knowing what we know now?
“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.” Thomas Jefferson
The time is coming where it will not matter if you are an enlisted member of the military. Centuries ago, your ancestors knew the importance of spirit and fight, and they would turn over in their graves if they could see us today, bowing to gun control, space-orbit taxes, and the utter deception of the White House. Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Extortion 17, NSA spying, and illegal alien minors flooding our borders – and being welcomed and kept – and Americans shuffle on, ordering their grande lattes and consuming the mainstream media’s idea of truth. Americans have become sheep drinking the proverbial Kool-Aid, and the few who are wolves slip through the shadows, waiting, knowing their time to protect their loved ones inches ever closer with every bloody drip of the cup.
It is the wolves who protect who will save the day. The sheep will stumble on, believing the government’s lies, or not caring, and when the day comes to repeat our founding fathers' actions, to fight back, it is the wolves who will bare their teeth, and enter the fray.
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” Abraham Lincoln
Tyranny takes many forms, and all too often it slithers into our lives, taking our liberties bit by bit until nothing is left. But tyranny is not hiding under a Harry Potter invisibility cloak; it has shed its promise of transparency and stands in front of a teleprompter, hissing its falsehoods in sugar-coated tones. Obamacare takes away our freedom to choose – and receive – proper healthcare, with more letters of cancellation arriving daily. Choose Obamacare, the letters say, and everything will be all right. Drink the Kool-Aid, and slip into a coma of complacency.
It is time for the lazy mindset of the average American to come to an end. Many continue to deny trouble is coming, and they are correct, trouble is not coming; trouble has arrived. When Hitler built his army, he knew the first step to be taken to victory was disarming the populace. First, in 1938, Hitler signed gun control laws in an ever-tightening noose of refusals to allow citizens to purchase or own firearms. And then came Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass, when Nazi soldiers simply fell upon the Jewish citizens and disarmed them. And just like that, the only physical weapons left to the Jews to protect them from the coming slaughter were their own bodies and their kitchen utensils. Gun control has always been a hot topic, for good reason; without firearms, we cannot effectively mount a defense. Those who go along with the constant swell of gun control laws, let alone those who vote in their favor – let alone those who write the actual statutes – are either fools or partners in the crime of America’s destruction. When trouble lands on your doorstep, you don’t put out the welcome mat, you take cover and fight, loaded for bear.
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” George Orwell
Benjamin Franklin once said, “those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Today is Independence Day, and, sadly, Americans nationwide have been signing away their liberties for years, with recent years bringing a tidal wave of crippling loss. As nice as it would be to sit back, relax, and submit a piece about the joys of celebrating our nation’s hard-won independence, the cold, harsh reality is, this is no time for resting on one's laurels. Despite the blue skies and beautiful sun shining overhead, a storm is coming, and its roots are twining through that darkest of places: the heart of man. For as surely as the sun shines today, and fireworks will be burned by the millions, our revolution has just begun. Your forefathers were willing to give everything they had to give you the many liberties you enjoy today. Are you going to stand by and watch those rights and freedoms be picked away, one by one? Don’t be a sheep; there is a good reason for the term “lambs to the slaughter,” and by not only believing but embracing the slow-but-steady destruction of America, you are behaving as nothing but a sheep. It is the wolves who will save the day, and the wolves who stand in shadow; their howls have not yet rung out, for no one relishes the idea of a fight on our own soil. This is Independence Day. Better to die in a fight for freedom, than to live on our knees.
“I was not designed to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.” Henry David Thoreau
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