This Veterans Day, as a new enemy has arisen whose oppressive ideology of submission is cloaked in religion, it is more important than ever to remember that the preservation of our revolutionary American idea – that the individual is sovereign – is not foreordained. Its survival hinges, as it always has, on its power to bring forth a new generation of veterans who are willing to lay down their lives to protect it.
What frame of reference could younger Americans possibly have? Patriotism, nationalism - even American citizenship are taboo in today's school curriculum. Globalism, diversity, and political correctness trump real history, sound economics, and science and the Founding Fathers are simply old, dead slave-owning white guys.
Just when you thought Americans won the Revolutionary War, the Virginia General Assembly, which is on the brink of voting to have a Convention of the States to amend the United States Constitution, seems to have switched sides and is about to reestablish one of the tyrannical abuses our revolutionary forefathers fought to end.
In 1761 James Otis litigated against the Writs of Assistance. He argued brilliantly against these instruments of arbitrary power as destructive of liberty and the fundamental principles of law. Otis lost the case, but John Adams would later say, “There and then, the child of Independence was born.”
To George Washington freedom of conscience and religion were natural rights and one of the great achievements of the American Revolution was "no more that toleration is spoken of as if it were the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights..."
The American Revolution was not about creating a new kind of government. It was about defending a tradition of local government that had been in place in America for 156 years, since the signing of the Mayflower Compact — a tradition that included regular elections, the secret ballot, rule of law, and an understanding that the purpose of government is to secure our God-given rights to “life, liberty, and property.” There is no such tradition in Egypt.