Revolution 2.0™

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We are wasting the overwhelming abundance that falls to us as the heirs to Revolution 1.0 in 1776. That abundance is not only financial, but moral and philosophical. The revolutionary leaders pledged their, “lives, fortunes and sacred honor,” and we benefit from their sacrifices to this day. They left behind a powerful work ethic, a focus on self-reliance, a well-founded and deep-seated distrust of central governments, and the structure of a system which, when fed by their example work ethic, would produce the largest and most successful economy the world has ever seen. And many of them paid with their lives and their fortunes. All of them kept–and added to–their sacred honor.

Pause for, “But slavery!” Yes, slavery was not abolished at the outset. The abolitionist delegates at the Constitutional Convention in 1789 knew there would have been no Constitution and no United States if they had insisted on the abolition of slavery as part of the new America. It took a war with more casualties than all of the rest of America’s wars added up together to end slavery 75 years later. The desire for abolition was in the hearts of many Convention delegates; it took a catastrophe of biblical proportions, the Civil War, to rip that desire out of the hearts of others.

To our peril, we are substituting entitlement for work ethic, and government assistance and control for self-reliance. Increasingly, we want other people’s fortunes to improve our own lives, and honor is no longer sacred–it is seen as something between an antiquated concept and a sucker play.

Government is becoming more and more all-present in our lives, from a continuing blizzard of new taxes to telling us where we can’t pray and, subtly but powerfully, shoving its views on things like politics, economics and social issues down our throats. An even more sinister threat is the government doing that to our kids. (BTW, public schools are part of government.)

The kicker is that the government doing all of these deeply troubling things is run by people who are in it for themselves. The government, “…of the people, by the people, and for the people…” that was never to “…vanish from the earth,” is being crushed by politicians and bureaucracies who are making it all about them. Money. Permanent employment. Lavish perks. Power. And they are getting away with it, because we keep voting for the same people over and over again.

Is there a solution? A. Yes: You. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke. Deciding not to take action is deciding to keep things the way they are now, and being satisfied with where things are headed. Is that okay with you? If not, act. And yes, I am recruiting you.

Recruiting me to do what? A. Start. Somewhere. “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Thomas Jefferson. Follow Founding Father and President Jefferson’s advice: Rebel. Maybe just a little. Show up at the School Board meetings. Do deep-dive research before voting. Contribute at political town hall-type meetings; don’t allow others to drown out your voice. Know why you believe what you believe, and be ready to defend it. And to learn from others. In other words, be present and involved as a citizen as well as a being a person living here.

What can I do; after all, I am only me? A. It was less than 3% of the population of what became the US that formed and won Revolution 1.0. The same percentage can create and win Revolution 2.0. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead.

Revolution 1.0 was born in blood, and it required staggering amounts of blood, treasure and ruined lives for a tiny, upstart colony to defeat the world’s largest and most successful military power. That was the price the revolutionaries paid for our bountiful inheritance. Revolution 2.0, assuming that start now, will require only time and inconvenience. The amount of time and the level of inconvenience is up to you. But think of the results. Do you want positive and permanent change in the direction our country is headed? Change that will benefit your family and your family’s future generations by being a part of Revolution 2.0? If you do, time and inconvenience are a small (and proud) price to pay for yourself and them.

Tell me where you stand in the comments in the blog. And check out last week’s blog. And others from my growing library of blogs.

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Will Luden, writing from my home office at 7,200’ in Colorado Springs.

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10 Responses

  1. Charlie Reply

    Will, your post bring a lot of unorganized thoughts to mind, so I’ll ramble a bit.

    When Rev 1.0 happened, government had a fairly small role in the lives of most of the colonists. Overthrowing the existing power structure was probably met with a shrug by the majority. Today, the government is deeply embedded in all of our lives. Personally, if the government were to fail, I would lose most of my income, the rest being dependent on the health of the economy. If the problems that we face are intrinsic to the “system”, how much misery are we willing to impose on our fellow citizens in order to bring change? Clearly that is not an issue for the Islamic fundamentalists who seem to delight in the agony brought in their own attempted revolution.
    It would be wise to note that both the social and news media have a significant role in today’s society that Rev 1.0 did not have to contend with. Face it, the current head of our government is there as a result of social media and “reality” TV. I despair of being able to overcome those factors merely by showing up at meetings. An example is the issue over the weekend. The one thing that the orange idiot said that had some validity was that there was violence initiated by the counter protesters. The station I was watching kept rerunning the OI’s inarticulate statement to that effect yet never addressed the accuracy of what he said. Only this morning in a back section of the local paper did I find an article that halfway acknowledged that there is a violent left. On the other side, the social media posts that I see seem to be more interested in justifying and rationalizing the racists than in seeking the truth. How are we “reasonable” people to overcome this tendency to paint anyone who doesn’t agree completely as evil?
    Change is particularly difficult in the Peoples Republic of Hawaii where the entrenched Democrat/legal profession/labor union power structure does pretty much what they want. This includes giving lip service to improving the education system when, in reality, they fear an informed electorate that would likely throw them out of office. (This is not an endorsement of the local Republicans who tend to nominate inept candidates, spout ideological cliches, and generally eat their young.)
    It seems to me that if a movement is going to generate any steam, it requires a vision. I can see many things wrong with society and government today but have no clear idea what should replace them. If I did, I don’t know that my thoughts would coincide with others to the point of generating a movement that would sacrifice lives, fortunes and honor for it. Arguing against myself, it’s not clear that the Rev 1.0 folks had a shared vision other than kicking out the Brits. It did take some 10 years for them to come up with the constitution after they had won the war.
    Where are the leaders? Rev 1.0 had thinkers and government representatives who could both express and implement the ideas. As you point out, we got nuthin. My fantasy is that the blue dog Democrats and moderate Republicans just say “basta” to their parties and form a new party (Alliance for Good Government: A Go Go). This party would be large enough to deny the existing parties a majority and force them to the middle, isolating the extremists and ideologues on both sides. Alas, there seems to be no one with the gumption or ideals to do it. Everyone has to be a winner, rather than a contributor.
    Since I’ve exceeded my own attention span, I better quit.

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