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    Revolutionary Republicanism
    Paige Turner
    July 3, 2008


    “ A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be
    restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever,” John Adams.

    As we move into another election year, the term Revolutionary Republicanism
    comes to mind. This political mindset separated America from the rest of the
    world before, during, and after the Revolutionary War. There was boldness
    unmatched throughout history to create the most powerful Republic on earth
    through this new political philosophy.

    Revolutionary Republicanism is not taught in the average Political Science 101
    classes in American Universities or Colleges today. The Ideology in itself
    promotes ideas that are not implemented in this nation’s political system.
    Politicians and leaders during the Revolution possessed a deep burning
    passion for freedom never before found in history. They held dear their values
    and the freedoms that were exhibited by the first settlers that came to this
    country.

    The victory during the Revolution brought forth a need for an identity of who
    the people were and what would set them apart from the rest of the world.
    The Revolution brought about camaraderie and uniqueness among the
    American people. These ideas permeated American’s way of thinking and the
    people declared themselves a new people, a new race because they did not
    consider themselves English. They were Americans.

    The question arising during that time was: What would set the colonist apart
    from the rest of the world and England? They did not differ much in customs,
    language, laws, fashions, medicine, or any other area. In all of this great grand
    culture, there was nothing unique other than calling themselves Americans.
    Deep within themselves, the Patriots knew there was nothing that separated
    them from the rest of the world. They had rejected a monarchial system of
    government. They knew they must develop a Republic for the good of the
    whole society but had to find a way to bring the Republic into an existence
    that would be for the people and by the people. Americans had rejected a
    hierarchal society and longed for a different unexplored new way of life.
    American’s threw aside the notion power came from God to the crown.
    Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence that the power came from
    God to nature. Therefore, through these beliefs, the patriot’s ultimate goal was
    to balance Liberty and Power.

    The Patriots knew political power in the hand of the government always
    corrupted. They also knew at the other end stood Liberty that never moved but
    could be easily devoured bit by bit through a corrupt government. They knew
    they had to find a way to protect Liberty for the people. The Founding Fathers
    feared democracy because they knew of the horrors of the Tyranny of the
    Majority. Therefore, the Patriots contemplated placing the power in the hands
    of the government and knew the Republic could not stand long if this took
    place for they knew power would corrupt.

    The idea and philosophy of Revolutionary Republicanism offered a new
    political solution. The Power should come from the bottom up from the
    responsible self-regulated will of the people. During this day and age this was
    considered an insane idea, Political power in the hands of the people?

    Moreover, there was something that stood apart during that time to make this
    new idea work, this was called Public Virtue; the people’s willingness to put
    what was best for the Republic before their own private interest. The political
    social order came from the public order, resting on the shoulders of each
    individual. They believed there were enough Americans to make Public Virtue
    successful through a daily and pragmatic venue.

    By implementing this philosophy, Americans were bought into the political
    process. Elections radically changed because there were more elections and
    the number of voters doubled over a very short period of time. Because
    Revolutionary Republicanism had so permeated into the hearts and minds of
    the people, the average American citizen carried a copy of the Constitution
    with them in 1790.

    The desire to be different became evident in the political make up of
    Americans because of the philosophy put forth by the idea of Revolutionary
    Republicanism. Because of the participation of the people during this time, we
    can once again celebrate another year of freedom. The importance of the
    involvement of the people shows through the history of our ancestors and the
    intention of the Patriots during the development of our nation.

    The question today is: Are we ready to take back the power in our hands and
    let “Public Virtue” be entrusted among us as a people once again?


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    For me anyway... I believe a nation that wishes to remain free, and successful, must expand. America no longer believes in expansionism. Without a "frontier" we stagnate and over populate. Unfortunately, with almost 7 billion people on this earth there are very few areas to consider for expansion. The few areas that exist are usually populated with fanatical fundametalists that would require a passification beyond what the "World Body" would accept. So, like all great nations, America too will one day die an inglorious death usually from within. We may be seeing this actually happening in our lifetimes and our children or their children will see it's fall.
    Brian Baldwin

    Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil.... For I am the meanest S.O.B. in the valley.


    "A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in... And how many want out." - Tony Blair on America



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    -Father Denis O'Brien of the United States Marine Corp.


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