I’ve been doing a lot of thinking over the past week, and things starting to make sense when I came across something Benjamin Rush said.
“There is nothing more common than to confound the terms of the American revolution with those of the late American war. The American war is over: but this is far from being the case with the America revolution. On the contraty, nothing but the first act of the great drama is closed. It remains yet to establish and perfect our new forms of government; and to prepare the principles, morals, and manners or our citizens, for these forms of government, after they are established and brought to perfection.
“Patriots of 1774, 1775, 1776 — Heroes of 1778, 1779, 1780! come forward! your country demands your services! — Philosophers and friends of mankind, com forward! your country demands your studies and speculations! Lovers of peace and order, who declined taking part in the late war, come forward! your country forgives your timidity, and demands your influence and advice! Hear her proclaiming, in sighs and groans, in her governments, in her finances, in her trade, in her manufactures, in her morals, and in her manners, ‘THE REVOLUTION IS NOT OVER!'”
– Address to the People of the United States, June 3, 1786
I’ll be honest, after the last six months of Ken-doll and Barbie-doll Clickbait Conservatives finally reaching the end of their 15 minutes of fame, I really needed this. It brought a lot of clarity to some things I had been thinking on.
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