An old message for new policymakers.
“This far thou shall go and no further.” This was the first message that patriots delivered to the British (Red Coats) army relentlessly in their pursuit from Boston to Philadelphia. To be historically correct, they didn't actually deliver that message.
They nailed it to a tree that was in a very visible location. Either way, for the first time, American patriots stood up and openly claimed this land as their own and not belonging to the King of England.
After exhausting several political options, King George III decided to make an example of these ungrateful American colonists. In his mind he felt completely justified. His royal army endured heavy casualty and expense to finally win the Seven Years War against French and native Indians to secure colonies. He wanted was to recover his cost by applying a three cents tax per pound to tea imports. But American colonists defied him in an act that was later called “The Boston Tea Party.”
The British Empire was no stranger to colony uprisings. They had gained plenty of experience in dealing with uprisings of the Scottish and Irish in the past. They had the military muscle to shock and awe their subjects into loyalty and obedience. They had learned that the best way to show them who is boss is to stun the opposition by throwing their biggest punches first.
The king sent his three best and most experienced generals, along with over 400 battleships armed with thousands of long-range cannons and tens of thousands of trained soldiers. The British army was a skilled, well-trained, well-paid and well-equipped fighting machine. The Patriots’ army, on the other hand, was assembled from under trained, under disciplined farm workers and rag tags ranging from as young as nine or ten to sixty plus years of age. They were poor and usually hungry. However, they were able to do the impossible and defeat the world's most powerful super power against all odds because they were defending their family and their home turf. They made it clear that they would rather die than to obey an outsider.
On this 235th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, we owe it to the Founding Fathers of this land we call home to learn from them and not allow history to repeat itself. They taught us that military might is no match for the will of locals who fight to protect their family and land.
There is an old saying that goes something like this: “Any poker player can hold or fold. But only the great ones know when to hold and when to fold.” Abraham Lincoln taught us that one could gain more respect by knowing when to fold as opposed to staying with a failed policy. I believe it is time for this great nation to commemorate its founding fathers by following their path and ideologies, not just carving their faces into stone. We must draw a line in the sand and declare that Americans will not be the invader again. We must never again send our young sons, daughters, spouses, friends and fathers into harms way unless there is a real need to shield us from a clear and imminent danger. This shield is painted with their blood and sweat. It should be given the respect that it deserves and never be used in vein.
History also supports this home turf theory. The Vietnam conflict is still a tender wound. The Korean War was won, but was it really? Why are we still dealing with a hostile North Korea after half a century? How about Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan? Are we really making any friends in that part of the world?
I think it is time for sons and daughters of the Patriots of the Revolutionary War to stand as a nation and deliver a message to their leaders. The note shall say "We shall no longer tolerate the cost of trading innocent lives with oil or other commodities." Let's put American ingenuity to work to find cheaper and cleaner energy. The answer just might be over our head on a hot and "sunny" day. If the sun can keep us warm from ninety three million miles away, then maybe nuclear fusion (if used safely) might be a good option to explore. Using nuclear fusion, the sun generates more energy in less than a second than Earth can use for thousands of years. It has been doing it consistently for billions of years and will continue to do so.
Let’s use the power of the Internet and social media to deliver an old message to new policy makers: "This far thou shall go and no further."