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“War is when the government tells you who the bad guy is. Revolution is when you decide that for yourself.” –attributed to Benjamin Franklin
@soupguy recently wrote on the importance of April in US history, April is America’s Most Historically Significant Month, and I bring another example of that forward today. On April 11, 1783, the Continental Congress declared the ceasefire that ended hostilities in the American Revolutionary War. It comes to mind because I have just sat in a diner next to a woman outraged at the state of Georgia passing a law to close the polls at 5 p.m. (they didn’t) and her dining companion comforted her with the news from the NYT that the US Attorney General’s office was already on the (non-)case. They are at war, their disinformation officers fanning the flames, so I guess that leaves us the revolution end of that stick. A revolution to…preserve the Constitution?
We may need to tweak the terminology a little.
But as I write, I commemorate the end of the war that ultimately led to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation, the defeat of the Kaiser, the defeat of the Fuhrer and the Emperor, Tranquility Base, the defeat of the Soviets, and too much more to include here. I commemorate that end because I cannot see the end of this one, but take comfort from that one. I pray that, with God’s help, tyranny will be overcome again. No other nation has enjoyed the blessings America has, I pray that this current crucible sees us emerge stronger than ever.
God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America.
Edit: Updated to add “attributed to” to the quote after a search for a proper citation failed.Published in