Ballots Instead of Bullets

T2AR: The Second American Revolution, Part 5

As we watch the evening news, our television screens are filled with young Americans encamped from Washington to Seattle in various Occupy tent cities. They are linked instantly via smart phones, Facebook, Twitter and other social media. They are protesting, as the Tea Party protested in 2010, a government seriously out of touch with its citizens.

In 1775, colonists frustrated with the oppressive government of King George began organizing. Farmers and blacksmiths practiced military actions with wooden guns. Some brought their hunting weapons. Without telephones or telegraph, they developed a rapid grass roots communication system using riders on horseback to spread the word. They were called Minutemen because they could be mobilized in a minute if the need arose.

On April 18, 1775, British troops were ordered to Concord to find guns and powder hidden by the colonists. They also planned to arrest Sam Adams and John Hancock, thought to be hiding in Lexington. At midnight, Paul Revere raced on horseback to warn citizens from Boston to Lexington that 700 British troops were on the march. At dawn, on the greens of Lexington, British troops fired upon the local militia. The first shot fired came to be known as “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World”. Outnumbered, they fell back to Concord where 500 Minutemen gathered at the North Bridge. In a famous battle and the first victory of the American Revolution, the Minutemen defeated three companies of the King’s troops. And inflicted serious damage as they chased the troops back to Boston.

Two hundred and thirty-five years later, another shot heard round the world was fired in Massachusetts. On January 19, 2010, Scott Brown won the special election for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, becoming the first Republican elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts in 38 years. The election took the 60th Senate seat from the Democrats removing their filibuster-proof majority for the first time since Obama’s election in 2008.

The close election in Massachusetts was decided by the entry of a new force in American politics – The Tea Party Express – who raised money nationally to buy television ads for Brown. A week before the general election, Brown was able to raise $1.3 million in one 24-hour period from over 16,000 donors.

The parallels are there between the American Revolution and the Second American Revolution. The first shots have been fired, this time by voters using ballots instead of bullets.

T2AR: The Second American Revolution, Part 4
T2AR: The Second American Revolution, Part 3
T2AR: The Second American Revolution, Part 2
T2AR: The Second American Revolution, Part 1

(Robert J. Cristiano, Ph.D., is the Real Estate Professional in Residence at Chapman University in Orange, CA, Senior Fellow at The Pacific Research Institute and President of the international investment firm, L88 Investments LLC. He has been a successful real estate developer in Newport Beach California for thirty years.)

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