History is Made, Not Witnessed

Each generation arrogantly believes itself unique and alone unto itself in the creeping progression of human history.

Rest assured that we are not.

We look back at the American Revolution, the Civil War and WWII and think to ourselves that these circumstances could never happen again – but they can. By virtue that these are HISTORICAL events, we can be assured that they shall. History, it would seem, does repeat and it does so with alarming regularity.

We do have the advantage of the clarity of hindsight, believing since we know the outcomes and can rely upon historical recollections of events, cocksure men contemporary of the times must surely have understood the gravity of their actions. It is a rare event when people realize the significance of events as they are occurring. The fact is, in none of the aforementioned situations were the eventual outcomes assured and a close reading of history reveals more often than not, they were the most uncertain of times.

The storied events leading to American independence often hung by the thinnest of threads and the odds were decidedly not in their favor…but these rebellious colonists persevered and beat the odds.

“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”

These are the words of Thomas Jefferson, signed and agreed by 56 men. 56 ordinary men who extraordinarily changed the course of history.

Having read these words, one may ask why then it is assumed that Americans must now tacitly and passively accept tyranny, even a tyranny vested upon us by the misguided ideology of our own fellow citizens? Why must we accept rule by a government controlled by men who strain credulity in their assault on the most common of senses?

The answer is, of course, that we do not in either circumstance.

The men who shed blood in opposition to true tyranny did so against the weight of a monarchy that commanded the power of an empire. The legacy of these same men is a representative republic, a government bound by the rule of law and the ability to change that government through elective action and the redress of grievances.

It is possible the sound we hear in our minds in our quietest of moments is history issuing its whispering call to we, the ordinary people. Perhaps the cavalry is not coming over the rise to rescue us, perhaps it is already here.

Our history is flush with stories of extraordinary deeds executed by ordinary people, confirming for all eternity that history is not witnessed, history is made.

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16 thoughts on “History is Made, Not Witnessed

  1. ” why then it is assumed that Americans must now tacitly and passively accept tyranny, ”

    I say we shouldn’t accept it at all. I think we need an American Revolution II. We can declare our independence from whatever it is in Washington DC, and we can use an exact copy of the original Declaration of Independence to do so. Then we can set up a new government and we can use the original Constitution to do that.

    • The problem is that today, unlike the precursor to the Revolutionary War, half of the population does not feel the burden of taxes. When there is a Fair Tax, I believe some eyes will open…..

      • Does a Fair Tax have a mechanism for including those who don’t now pay tax to in fact Pay Taxes ?

        ( Who are you today BTW).

        • That’s a snapshot of my current dungeon resident, Boris. He speaks six languages, All-American in tennis, and every sport he does, he does without getting sore. He speaks six languages! He likes the theme from Rocky, though he plays Mozart more. 😉

          The way I understand the Fair Tax, is that around 10% of the income will be taken. In other words, Warren Buffet would be paying a different amount than Kells. I read that the IRS employees would then be tasked with what % to give to the state and what % to the federal govt. If they tax everything (which they already do), illegal aliens will indeed be taxed and pay their fair share. Now then, apparently essentials would not be taxed. It has been 5+ years since I read through this, and I’m not sure if my memory is accurate. Also, there were two versions which I read. I’m a big help, huh?

          • Anything that INCLUDES Illegal Aliens is a Trap !! A back-door to Amnesty and Democrat voter rolls.

            But perhaps there’s a version for AMERICANS only.

            Boris pffft….. I speak 3 languages and can read another…. BUT I also play a mean canasta. The theme from Rocky ISN’T Mozart ..??? Who knew !?

              • Yes Sweety,

                As all my card playing “babes” say…. “You playz a lotta Games mistah ! “….. then I usually refresh the drinks.

              • AS to ur 1st query.

                Because it legitimizes them. How bout upholding the Laws as written, and increasing fines to those hire them, and instituting E-Verify.

                Then there wouldn’t be as many ILLEGALS.

              • Thanks 4 the Video BTW. I liked it a lot…… But I didn’t know you were Chinese/Japanese….. not that there’s anything wrong with that !

                Also I could have used a few more leg kicks and extensions …. but hey, that’s just me.. ;- )).

                • Sadly, that wasn’t me. I was the child with the lisp and two dads. I think if someone duct taped my bazookas, I could probably pass as an Asian girl. I’m a chameleon, after all.

      • Kells,

        As per your comment below about Duct-tapping your “bazookas”…… all I can say is ”

        “Mercy Chile… Merci !”… LOL. For you, complete with Chorus Boys :

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