We Are Radicals at Heart — Don’t Forget It!

241 years ago today we declared our independence from the UK……

It started with radicals and we have remained so….some do not believe it and some think that we should crawl into some sort of conserv bubble and let things progress…..for at least 50 years conservs have wanted to legislate and when they get the chance they cannot find their butts with both hands and a flashlight.

Listen closely.

A historian reminds us that to truly “make America great again” we must enhance freedom, equality and democracy, not diminish them.

Listen closely. Listen closely to Thomas Paine’s argument in Common Sense that “[w]e have it in our power to begin the world over again;” to Thomas Jefferson’s phrases in the Declaration: “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;” to the framers’ first three words of the preamble to the Constitution, “We the People.”

Listen well. Listen well to Abraham Lincoln speaking at Gettysburg in 1863: “[T]hat this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth;” to Franklin Roosevelt calling on Americans in 1941 to secure “Freedom of speech and expression… Freedom of worship… Freedom from want… Freedom from fear;” and to Martin Luther King Jr. sermonizing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963: “I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day…”

Source: We Are Radicals at Heart — Don’t Forget It | By Harvey J. Kaye | Common Dreams

A few thoughts on this day of days……

Conservs will not see it this way for they are all “patriots”and “Patriots” are not radicals….see what happens when you ignore history?


14 thoughts on “We Are Radicals at Heart — Don’t Forget It!

  1. When studying the Revolutionary War, it is always interesting to remember just how many ‘Americans’ fought FOR the British, against the revolutionaries. At least 20% of the population (around 400,000 people) remained loyal to Britain, and were called ‘Loyalists’, and ‘Patriots’. Interestingly, they were also known as ‘Tories’, the common name for the Conservative Party in the UK, to this day.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. That’s correct, Pete. Actually some years ago I did some report on that war.. and it I found that it was a close 50/50 on those supporting independence. You may be correct in the 20% loyalists, and 30% some level of passive. It took considerable determination and passion in those days in taking up a position of independence from Britain when no one even knew what the end result would be that they were indeed fighting for. I mean, think of it… no flag, no country, no Constitution, no Bill of Rights… the only thing galvanizing these people to fight was the Declaration itself and a belief in some wild-eyed scheme in self-governance.
      By comparison, you now have people calling themselves “patriots” simply because they want to keep guns as insurance for overthrowing the government if necessary.

      1. Thanks, Doug. I have a feeling that had I lived in the colonies in those times, I would have joined Washington and his men myself.

  2. I think, chuq, the patriotism and nobilty of the Founding Fathers was less about the battles to win independence, but actually all of them sitting down to hammer out a set of rules.. making compromises with the thought of a better way. Where are these “patriots” today?

    1. I agree…there are a few small cracks in all the partisanship….could be a good thing or just a fart in the wind….we will see….chuq

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