Calisto MT – “Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. A military force, at the command of Congress, can execute no laws, but such as the people perceive to be just and constitutional; for they will possess the power, and jealousy will instantly inspire the inclination, to resist the execution of a law which appears to them unjust and oppressive.” Noah Webster – a founding father, writer of the Dictionary, and devout Christian.
I have a nagging feeling that we’ve been disarmed because of what we don’t know. Have you seen that ad where Jay Leno asks a woman, “Who lives at 1600 Pensylvania Avenue?” She doesn’t know. He then asks her, “Who lives in a pineapple at the bottom of the sea?” To which she glefully replies, “Spongebob Squarepants!” Sure, we have access to pretty much every important founding document and some obscure refrences found in letters written by the architects of Amerian Government, but that doesn’t really mean this stuff is getting taught. In fact, a recent survey says those representatives and senators up in D.C. didn’t score any better on a civics test than the average citizen. Not only that, some of said documents are hard to read, not just because of its age, but those words don’t fall into American lexicon as they used to.
I’m pretty sure that if we really knew the ins and outs of the American Revolutionary War like we do our favorite sports teams, the government would be rightly afraid of us and what we’d do to them for hoodwinking us. So here’s my challenge, read the quotes, the anecdotes, and know the people on both sides of the revolution. Choose a favorite of each and simply talk about our historical figures and compare them to their modern counterparts. After all, knowledge is power, perhaps the most dangerous kind of power there is.