Is history repeating itself
To The Editor:
As we approach the 4th of July - Independence Day, and reflecting back on our past Memorial Day, a bit of sorrow has overcome me.
Yes, Memorial Day should be a day of remembrance for the brave men and women who have fought for our freedoms and rights and for those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Have these brave soles suffered or died in vain?
Yes, July 4th should be a day of celebration, it was a day that we became a free country, a country of “We the People.” A country that its citizens placed freedom above their own lives. So many citizens - Patriots gave their life to this noble cause, so their children and children’s children would live in a free society know as the United States of America.
However, long before the first shots were fired at Lexington or a single drop of blood was shed, the seeds of the American Revolution were planted. Looking at what is going on over the past 10 to 15 years in our country, have we already sowed the seeds of another revolution in America?
We have seen our freedoms and rights being trampled by not only by our President, Congress, The Supreme Court, our elected officials/so called Representatives at all government levels. We may not be under the imperial rule by British Empire; however, we are seeing our freedom and rights being taken away on daily in some shape or form by our government. This may be in the name of public safety, national security or common sense measures for our own good. We are seeing our Constitution and Bill of Rights being ignored or violated to fit the whim of our elected officials.
I would like to give you a quote from Thomas P. Slaughter. “What do we mean by the Revolution? John Adams asked Thomas Jefferson rhetorically, after the two men had retired from public life. The War? That was no part of the Revolution. It was only an effect and consequence of it. The Revolution was in the minds of he people, and this was effected from 1760 to 1775, in the course of 15 years before a drop of blood was drawn at Lexington.”
Thinking about our current state of affairs in this country, I wonder if we are in store for another revolution? It may not be the same kind; however, history has a way of repeating itself.
We have seen senators in Colorado recalled by their citizens. Closer to home, we have seen protests all across this state involving the NYS SAFE Act. We have seen the rise of the Tea Party to protest the way our government is being run. People are more aware and getting involved. They are standing up for the values they believe in. Time will tell, if this is just a passing fancy or a true movement is on the way. Some say the November elections will demonstrate how the ‘We The People’ feel. Will the status quo continue or are we in for true change?
To share a famous quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you; but, what you can do for your country.” It is time to get involved and fight for your freedom for once it is gone, it is lost forever. God bless the USA and long may our flag of freedom wave.
Richard Rossi, Denver