It’s interesting how pacified we’ve become as a culture. I am not talking about how we’re not even close to as bold as the generation of the Founders, but we aren’t even close to as bold as our grand or great grandparents’ generation in standing up against government officials when they saw wrongdoing.
If anyone were to behave in the way these former generations had, almost everyone today would condemn their behavior.
Just refusing to wear a mask while shopping got members of the Tree of Liberty Society called “extremists” by so called conservatives saying we had to “respect” the “property rights” of these tyrannically compliant businesses in 2020 & 2021.
What did earlier generations do that would put our actions to shame and would bring condemnation upon them from many “conservatives”, “patriots” and even many reading this article?
From 1766 to 1776, there were more than 70 recorded incidents of tarring and feathering by colonists against government officials.
In Berkshire, colonists forced justices of the court from their seats, shut up the courthouse, and forced the justices from the city.
Outside of Boston, colonists went to the home of another judge and fired shots into his house forcing him out of the city.
In 1774, the Attorney General’s house had its windows broken and other damage, forcing him to flee the city of Cambridge, Mass.
The Lieut. Governor had his house ransacked by colonists, was forced to resign and flee to Boston for safety.
5,000 colonists went to Worcester and compelled the judges, Sheriff, and other judicial officials to promise not to hold courts enforcing the acts of Parliament.
See https://www.massar.org/2012/02/09/mob-attacks-on-loyalists-in-massachusetts-august-1774/ for more information.
Can you imagine any so called “conservative” supporting anyone shooting into the home of a government official? Yet they pretend to be “patriots” who revere the Constitution, the war for Independence and the Founding Fathers.
How about in more recent years?
W. Cleon Skousen, known for his books, The Naked Communist, The Naked Capitalist, The Making of America, The 5,000 Year Leap and many others spent time as the Chief of police of Salt Lake City, Utah in the late 1950’s until his firing in 1960.
Skousen was told by the Salt Lake City Mayor, J. Bracken Lee, that he was not allowed to go after the illegal activities of certain organizations in the city. Clubs such as the Alta, Ambassador and Elks were off limits for prosecution according to the corrupt mayor.
Skousen refused to follow orders, and as any cop today would be, was fired after busting an illegal gambling operation at which the mayor was in attendance. (See INVASION Vol 2 for more details)
What was the response of Skousen’s supporters you might ask. Did they “vote the bum out”? Did they take the mayor to court? Did they write sternly written letters? No, none of those things! They responded with filling the city council meetings with screaming irate individuals, they burned a cross on his lawn followed by killing his lawn with salt. (See Utah Historical Quarterly vol 42 no. 4)
Now, were they as bold as our venerated Founding Fathers? Not even close. Would such actions be condemned by virtually every organization that pretends to support the Founders and study Skousen’s books? Without a doubt.
We need to either stop pretending to revere the Founders and those that stood up to tyrants, and stop any talk of supporting the efforts of American independence and start a movement to reunification with Great Britain, or we need to stop condemning those that take bold action and start increasing our own boldness in defense of liberty.