Who Among Us….
Washington, Franklin, Adams, Henry are all names out of the history books. Men who in the fullness of their time “… we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” Men who not only had fortitude but faith that their cause was just and believed the same in those by their side.
But there was something else in many of these men, that of community support. Had the Revolution gone the other way men like Washington, Franklin and Hancock would have had to be dragged before a Crown court in London. It would have been highly unlikely that King George would have found a court in the colonies, fairly picked, that would assure a conviction. Such was the stature of many. (Washington was literally offered a monarchy and refused. When his name was offered for the Presidency no other person considered running against him.)
Which poses a problem. If you believe that American Revolution 2.0 may come to pass, who among us shall sustain it? At an early stage Concord like events supported by modern communications are quite possible. But beyond that it takes a organizational structure to complete it. Where are the person(s) who are to fill that void? Then after? Assuredly we are unlikely to turn to the current crop of politicos. Even a Rand Paul should be viewed with suspicion.
The first American Revolution in popular culture comes off with the aura of spontaneity. Revere’s Ride –> Concord Bridge –> Lexington Green –> The war is on. But the truth is far different. As early as 1765 many of the major cities, Boston, New York, Philadelphia had secret societies. They merged into the Sons of Liberty in order to thwart Crown taxes. The Revolution as a consequence ended up a well oiled machine. Well as well oiled as 13 separate colonial States can achieve working in concert. The point is they had latent leadership ready to take the reins when the time came. Which begs the question for our time. Are we developing the alt-structures for the coming storm? As relevant to that question is —
Who among us…. shall lead?