THE THIRD AMERICAN REVOLUTION-PART 1 of 2
by Tom DeWeese and Mark Lerner
September 6, 2010
Freedom Action National Conference, Valley Forge, PA
The revolution of 1776 was not just an exercise by armed men seeking to overthrow their current government – as had been done so many times throughout history.
It wasn’t a desperate attempt to replace a bad king with a new one – backed by the usual hope that this time, this one would finally turn a kind, benevolent ear toward the pleas of the people.
Such revolutions had been fought for centuries. Up to 1776 none of them had resulted in the desired goals.
Always the newly installed despot learned quickly how to plunder the people, gain power and riches for themselves, while holding out the carrot – the promise of a better day.
Not until 1776 did a few scholarly men in a rural, backward, isolated land figure it out. They studied every possible style of government. They noted the pitfalls, the dangers, the traps that lead to tyranny. And they noted this fact: Freedom doesn’t just happen. It must first be understood. And then it must be planned, implemented and protected.
Today, based on that first American Revolution, every one of us talks about how we support the principles of freedom. But what are those principles of freedom? And were did they come from?