“What do we mean by 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 drawn at Lexington.”
-John Adams to Thomas Jefferson 1815-
The attached article is excellent and full of valuable information. The main point is that moral change comes from below, from the people; and that revolution is derived from the evolution of our basic morality, as President Adams argues with his friend (and former antagonist) Thomas Jefferson.
Revolution isn’t a war. It is an agreement. Revolution can never come from above, from “governments.” War almost always does. Revolution is the only option when government fails to represent the basic morality of a majority, or consensus, of the people. When it fails to be accountable, and responsible.
Our government, at present, is gamesmanship. Governments generally are contractually incapable of phenomenal change.
Government, and for that matter, the Church, are drastically out of touch. We, the People, have changed, especially since the 1960s. We don’t believe that war is the answer. We believe that individual sovereignty is at least as important as state and federal government sovereignty. We believe that everyone deserves a chance to make it. We believe in respect for the law, courtesy to one another, civility in discourse, and in modernity and international cooperation. We believe that the cancerous growth of corporate power is a tragedy; and that denying science, and the threat of climate change, is suicidal. We believe in progress and change, though the president claims at one and the same time that everything’s corrupt, and that progress is an enemy to be hated and feared. We believe that religion is a personal thing, that we hold in our hearts.
It’s time for a Second American Revolution!
We don’t have a government suited for the Twenty-first Century. It would be more truthful to say that we have a government devised to keep the Elite of the 18th. Century in their favored position, and to reserve all real power to rural Pseudo-agrarianists.
Revolution must start with us. It must be presented forcefully, and by our best and brightest; but it must be supported with a little grace, with respect for all parties, and without violence. There is nothing revolutionary about violence, or war. There’s nothing revolutionary about vulgar shouting and swearing, or tearing up documents without tearing into the arguments they offer.
Division, the lifeblood of the political parties, has infected every aspect of life in the Twenty-first Century. It is so empowered by extremist factions that it can and probably will destroy us. It will kill us if we do not unite against our common enemies: anti-constitutionalism, criminality, climate change denial, the military-industrial complex, racism, and ignorance.
Our only hope is in unity. We must still hang together, or we will surely hang severally. The only way to beat the heat, or to irradicate gerrymandering, or defeat Trump, is to work together, for the good of all.
We set the example for the entire world, as President Adams states forcefully. It’s time that we lived up to it again!