No, I am not referring to the late Eighteenth Century. I am referring to the present day. It’s fairly obvious to anyone in the US who follows, or is even exposed to domestic politics, that the participating citizens of both political parties are more than disenchanted with “professional politicians’. What many Americans do not realize is that this is not simply a local problem. This is a global phenomenon, and it is growing.
In Europe, the native populations are in revolt against allowing Iraqi, Syrian, and African “refugees” unfettered access to their nation’s borders and treasuries. Does this sound familiar? As in the United States, the political class, both left and right, all come from the same schools, the same social class, etc. While every nation in Europe claims to be a “democracy’, citizens don’t actually have the ability to choose their leaders, only to choose between a small group of hand-selected candidates acceptable to the political class. If you think that the United States is different in that respect, I would ask you to open your eyes.
As we can see from history, this is but a continuing cycle. The American and French Revolutions precipitated the continent-wide European revolutions of 1848 some seventy years later. The First World War was instigated by a nationalist revolutionary seeking independence for his homeland some seventy years later. It ended with the largest participant, Russia, engulfed in revolution, some seventy years after 1848. Immediately following the conclusion of the Second World War, a global revolution of colonized populations began in Asia and Africa. And now we arrive at a point in history seventy years after 1945.
In our schools, the American Revolution is taught as an uprising of the ‘common” American colonist against the King and aristocracy of Britain. In fact, the American Revolution was an uprising of the colonial aristocracy, such as it was, against the established power of Britain. Few of the “common” farmers and laborers of the thirteen colonies actually participated in the fighting, giving the name to the current armed patriot movement “Three Percenters”.
As opposed to the American Revolution, the French Revolution of 1789 was much more of a peasant revolt, if guided by middle-class intellectuals. It was also much more tied to, and propelled by popular economic conditions than the American Revolution. In some part, this fact explained the level of violence of 1789 compared to the American Revolution.
The next (or current) American Revolution will reflect more of 1789 than of 1776. It will not be about changing the players, but more about changing the rules, and the framework in which the rules are held. A constitutional convention must be called. Article V of the US Constitution states that a vote of three-fourths of the states can call a convention without consultation with, or approval of, the Executive or the Congress. Any interference by the Federal government, or any branch thereof, with a constitutionally called convention, would be unconstitutional and those responsible could be held as traitors under the constitution.
I can envision a “People’s Martial Law” in this nation’s future, with establishment leaders of both political parties under arrest and on trial.
The first requirement for making an omelette is breaking eggs.