T2AR: The Second American Revolution

The American Revolution did not begin on July 4, 1776, nor did it end that day. The grievances of a people built over many years. King George passed the Proclamation of 1763 that stated colonists could not move westward over the Appalachian Mountains. In 1764, he passed the Sugar Act that led to the famous plea, “No taxation without representation”. In 1765, King George imposed the Stamp Act. The imposition of a heavy tax burden on the colonists by politicians far removed from their daily life was the precursor of what became the American Revolution a decade later. The revolution, whose seeds were planted in the 1760’s, did not end until October of 1781 when a peace treaty was signed in Paris, France.

The American people are in a restive state resembling the mood of their ancestors two hundred fifty years ago. In November of 2010, the American people voted in more than 60 new Representatives in the largest election wave since 1948. In a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released on October 13, 2011, 74% of Americans believe the nation was “off on the wrong track.” If the election were held today, the Senate and the Presidency would flip to the Republican column in yet another “wave” election.

They say those who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it. The similarities of the events leading to the first American Revolution have led the author to conclude that the Second American Revolution may have already begun. Neither the Proclamation of 1763 nor the Sugar Act started the first American Revolution. But, history reveals that these acts triggered a series of events that led to the “shot heard round the world” on the greens of Lexington and Concord a decade later.

A new series for The Californian Political Review entitled “T2AR” (The Second American Revolution) will explore the similarities of events a quarter millennium ago to the events unfolding today. This is the first article in that series.The author is convinced that history will record the 2008 Tarp and 2009 Stimulus bills that triggered trillions of dollars of unsustainable spending and debt are comparable to The Intolerable Acts of 1774. The fact that the Tea Party movement derived its name from the Boston Tea Party of 1773 is not coincidental.

(Robert J.Cristiano, PhD 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.)


  1. I believe you are right. The phrases a “new American revolution” and “second American revolution” have been resonating in my mind for the past 18

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