When, in the course of human events... With these words, our Declaration of Independence from the British Empire began, using a cleanly disarming phrase; and yet, what was wrought by the totality of that Declaration is pure genius since it altered the direction of human society. Farsighted patriots learned from past centuries of struggling peoples all around the world; these founders looked thoroughly at history's models and planned magnificently for the future.
Our world has seen monarchs who casually meted out life and death decisions over helpless subjects; tribal societies which forced individual rights to be trampled underfoot by archaic customs and unbending traditions; socialist/communal experiments which ended up being power-grabbing thugocracies; clergy-run kingdoms ruled by dogmatic theocrats; ancient stratified cultures which had various caste systems for layers of societal strata; even the Roman empire of patricians and plebeians; all of these, guided our Founding Fathers to envision and create a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people." It was absolutely radical -- perfectly revolutionary -- for such a concept as creating organized self-governance in the 18th century. Ours is the most individual-friendly revolution in all human history. We Americans are living in an ongoing liberty revolution, and since 1776, a well-established form of freedom. Some hardheaded Communists, Islamist radicals and Socialist/Marxists today still cannot quite fathom either our idea, or us. They just don't get it. Or, if they do actually understand, they continue to publicly deride our form of self-rule because it reflects so poorly and directly on their ruthless strangle-hold over their own people. Kim Jung Il, Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Castro brothers are a few examples.
Our Revolutionary Americans -- our Founding Fathers -- authored and signed the Declaration of Independence; then crafted Articles of Confederation; also the Federalist Papers; and culminated with their majestically-framed Constitution of the United States of America with Amendments.
As a recent sidebar: A few decades ago, Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet Premier of the Peoples Socialist Republic of Russia, gave a speech explaining the glories of "Revolution," [keep in mind, he can only see 'revolution' or sweeping social change through the jaded prism of Marxist theory] in which he highly praised the "two greatest revolutions of human history." Gorbachev's adulation was then lavished upon the 1789 French Revolution and the 1917 Russian Revolution. What this Marxist failed to plumb, as do most modern-day Marxists, Communists, Socialists Anarchists, Islamists and Fascists is that the one and only original yet true and lasting revolution to ever take place in human history is the American Revolution of 1776; which incidentally predates both the French Revolution which was a bloodbath and class-warfare struggle; and also the Russian Revolution, just another class-warfare state of socialism-gone-wild, which has recently been discarded into the dustbin of history, not only in Russia, but the Balkans, the Baltic States, the Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Albania, and etc. The lasting and actual world-altering revolution was, and still remains, the American Revolution.
It is the American Revolution which is the premier, the zenith, the nadir, the exemplary and durable human achievement in which we citizens possess ongoing harmony -- with full-throated debate -- while enjoying daily liberty in which we've been blessed to wallow since 1776. We Americans grow, we change, we adapt and succeed to re-create a "more perfect union" as the course of human events has shown in the last 235 years.
Today, every time one sees a T-shirt, book or magazine portraying the so-called 'REVOLUTION' with that damnable devil-image of Che Guevara, we should remember that Guevara was a cold-blood killer who had absolutely no interest in a society "of the people, by the people and for the people." He was a thug-Marxist, killing-machine, inhumane, savage, nothing more, nothing less. Guevara was scum of the earth, with apologies rendered to all pond-scum, worldwide.
The one, true and lasting REVOLUTION in human history then, now and in the future, is the American Revolution begun in writing for all time on July 4th 1776 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, here in America. We should understand and pass on the true meaning of this endowment from our Founding Fathers. A free people we are, with full enjoyment of self-governance, begun with the American Revolutionary War [first shot fired April 19th, 1775], and then after attaining the first-fruits of the REVOLUTION; it's then a living generational heritage to pass this Declaration of Independence, along with the peace of 1783 to our children and posterity. We should endow the next generation with these same fruits of ideas and ideals.
RETAINING OUR HISTORICAL ROOTS: However, we should not politely bow with the wind to the so-called current myth of 'Separation-of-Church-and-State' which is a full-raging gale of gibberish, constantly blowing these days at universities and throughout the media. Prime example: We read in the Declaration of Independence that our founding fathers proclaimed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." [Bold Italics: my emphasis.] Our founding fundamental truth is that we are created by our *Creator. No amount of ACLU lawyering should ever be allowed to cloud or obfuscate this clear statement about the source of our Republic's endowment, its core meaning.
It has become quite fashionable since the 1940's to think of our Founding Fathers as mere "Deists" who believed in some nebulous and generic demi-god. In this phony, glossed overview, somehow the Torah of the Jews and the Holy Bible of the Christians were completely foreign to our Republic from day one. But this misreading of our history is just a mind-bending phase to mesh with several arrogant intellectuals' mindset in the last century which declared that "God is dead."
The jurisprudence in American law is based on the Ten Commandments from the Jewish Torah, as also found in Christians' Holy Bible. Our legal tender -- both printed bills and engraved coinage -- are engraved for public view with "In God We Trust." Our nation's bureaucrats, our politicians, and most of our government offices are not open for business on Saturdays [the Jewish Sabbath] and Sundays [the Lord's Day of Christians]. Christmas, the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, is a national holiday. Our national cemeteries are a breathtaking carpet of Christian Crosses, marking thousands upon thousands of American heroes' graves. Some atheists, agnostics, Muslims and anti-Christians would gladly and profusely deny our foundational history; however, the interwoven Christian fabric of America's founding and growth is impossible to deny with a straight face; although some, even in our highest elected offices are currently attempting to re-write our history. Ultimately, the truth of our founding history can never be erased by such modern day denial revisionists. We have an actual Judeo-Christian fountainhead which watered our nation, even to this day.
The end of the REVOLUTIONARY WAR came finally with the peace treaty negotiated and signed by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and John Jay; and the opening declaration of our inception treaty declares: "In the Name of the most Holy and undivided Trinity, Amen!" When the news of the peace treaty's signing by His Britannic Majesty and the United States of America reached our shores in 1783, General George Washington composed and sent a letter to the thirteen governors and State legislatures informing them of his resignation as Commander-in-Chief of our Revolutionary Armed Forces. He admonished the first citizens of our nation about the fundamental under-girding of the recent Revolution of Independence and coeval Revolutionary War. His words are:
"I now make it my earnest prayer that God would have you and the State over which you preside in His holy protection, -- that He would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government, -- to entertain a brotherly affection and a love for one another, for their fellow citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the field, -- and finally, that He would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with the charity, humility and [peaceful] temper of the mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy nation."
Yes indeed, our Declaration of Independence states: "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." And contrary to what modern history teachers offer, Washington actually did advise our fledgling nation in his 1783 letter that as a people, as Americans, we "can never hope to be a happy nation" if we don't imitate the example of Jesus of Nazareth. "The Divine Author of our blessed religion," or Washington's religion, and our founders' religion was and remains: none other than authored by Jesus Christ.
John Hancock, the boldest signer of the Declaration of Independence, was elected President of Congress during the Revolution; and later elected as governor of Massachusetts, On October 15, 1791, his proclamation calling on citizens to prayer, fasting and thanksgiving read in part: "And pray especially that universal happiness may be established in the world; that all may bow to the scepter of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the whole earth be filled with His glory."
Happy, HAPPY, Happy Independence Day to all freedom loving people. May the Lord Jesus Christ continue to guide and bless the fruits of our Founding Fathers with an ever-expanding American Revolution. Long live our Republic. Long live the Revolution: the American Revolution that is.
[*No apology is offered to any individual or group offended by the plain and simple exposition of American History. Unfortunately, contemporary history books and professors do wipe the U.S. history slate fairly clean of: Creator, the Almighty, Divine Providence, God, undivided Trinity, Divine Author, and Lord Jesus Christ; however, by doing so, they shred their own credentials as believable teachers of America's founding documents or as instructors of the complete -- unredacted -- history of the United States of America.]