April 19, 2013, marks the 238th anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775 when and where the American Revolution began with “the shot heard around the world,” as it was immortalized by Ralph Waldo Emerson in his poem “Concord Hymn.”
That first armed clash between American patriots and the troops of a dictatorial monarch wielding power from the English capital in London, was caused because England’s King George III dispatched troops of his army, then the most powerful military force in the world, to confiscate the weapons of the American colonists, almost all of whom were armed.
In an historical irony, the 238th anniversary of the heroic stand of American patriots to fight the oppressive English government under the monarch King George III in defense of Americans right to bear arms takes place as the American government under “liberal progressive” Democrat President Barack Hussein Obama is making strenuous and increasingly strident efforts to confiscate the arms of Americans in 2013.
History repeats itself—at least to the extent that those ruling through government power, whether defining themselves as monarchists, democrats, liberals, progressives, socialists or communists, repeat the historical reality that the greater and more centralized the government power, the greater the desire of those wielding that government power to disarm those they would govern.
Whether the Americans of 2013 will repeat the history of the Americans of the Generation of the Founding Fathers in 1775 who stood and fought against a tyrannical government in defense of their right to bear arms, is open to doubt.
Indeed, it appears that more Americans undergoing cultural transformation in the Age of Obama are more ready to fight for the “right” to bear foodstamps and cradle to grave government dependence than to defend their Second Amendment Constitutional right to bear arms—and thereby to defend liberty from tyranny.
But it wasn’t always that way in America. Once Americans would pledge “our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor,” in defense of freedom, as they did in the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776. That Declaration, and the independence which followed, may not have ever existed had American patriots not stood and fought on April 19, 1775, for their right to bear arms, igniting the American War of Independence at Lexington and Concord.
The American patriots had been alerted the night before that “the British are coming, the British are coming!” in the famous rides of Paul Revere and Dr. Joseph Warren. Why were the British coming? They were coming to confiscate the weapons of the increasingly rebellious Americans, and to arrest liberty leaders Sam Adams and John Hancock, who would become two of America’s Founding Fathers.
The Americans were greatly outnumbered by the English troops, the “red coats,” who marched out of Boston on a mission to disarm all the Americans. They arrived on April 19, 19775, to find on the Lexington Green, next to the Church of Lexington, a small band of armed American patriots determined not to surrender their muskets to King George.
There were over 700 well-armed, highly-trained English troops. Standing athwart them, was this small band of sixty to seventy American patriots, without military training, but armed with their muskets to defend their right to keep them, in order to defend liberty.
Also, so sad to say, the Americans suffered from a woeful lack of diversity. Indeed, those Americans patriots were almost all of British stock themselves. Almost all were Christians, who worshipped in the Lexington Church.
Further, as horrifying as it might seem to Americans in the Age of Obama, most especially to the children being taught by ever so politically correct progressive liberal members of the National Education Association in government schools, the American patriots who took a stand for freedom in the Battle of Lexington and Concord and changed the world, were almost all – brace for it:White! (Insert here obligatory liberal progressive shrieks.)
Notwithstanding such a deficit of diversity, the American patriots stood against the mightiest military force in the world, refusing to be disarmed.
Imagine what they had to overcome. Perhaps most significantly, they did it while suffering not just a lack of state-of-the-art weaponry and military training, but perhaps more in importantly they suffered such a lack of the aforesaid diversity, which we are told today is our greatest asset, that, for instance, there not a single Muslim in sight at the Battle of Lexington and Concord.
Come to think of it, there apparently wasn’t a single Muslim who fought for American freedom in the entire War of American Independence from 1775 to the Treaty of Paris in 1883. Not one Muslim signer of the Declaration of Independence. Not one Muslim signer of the Constitution. Yet, as President Barack Hussein Obama teaches, America is one of the greatest Muslim nations.
However, those melanin-deprived white, non-Muslim Christian American patriots of the Founding Fathers’ generation were able to overcome their diversity deficit and establish the free American Constitutional Republic, the freedoms of which so many dedicated jihadist Muslims enjoy today. In fact, those jihadist Muslims in our midst are so creative they are using the very freedoms of the Constitution established by the Founding Fathers to destroy the Constitution in order to substitute Sharia Law for Constitutional Law.
Ah, what a transformed, enlightened, liberal progressive country America has become in the Age of Barack Hussein Obama, importing its own assassins, who must not be named as to their religion, race, culture, or country of origin as that might “offend” someone politically-incorrectly.
However, on that April 19 day at Lexington Green, the future of America as a free Constitutional Republic did not look bright. There was the small band of armed patriots, facing a force of much-better armed British troops numbering over 700, ten times the number of American patriots.
Yet they did not back down from their right to bear arms, nor from freedom, even when the commander of the British troops snarled at them contemptuously: “You damned rebels, disperse!”
They did begin to disassemble, but then a shot rang out. Historians say no one knows who fired it, patriot or one of the English troops sent to confiscate the weapons of the “damned rebels.”
But it was “the shot heard around the world,” as Emerson said, and signaled the start of a world-changing American war for freedom.
Eight American patriots died at Lexington Green in that first armed battle of the Revolutionary War, defending their right to bear arms, giving their lives so Americans might live free then, and through posterity. Ten more were wounded.
The British marched on to Concord in their weapons confiscation mission for the tyrannical King George III. A second battle took place there, with King George’s army apparently dominant.
But then King George’s troops had to march back to Boston – and that’s when the real fighting began: It was the beginning of what we now call “guerilla war” waged by armed American patriots, Minutemen, sharpshooters in the woods, concealed behind trees and other obstructions, picking off the British troops as they marched in formation back to Boston.
In all, some 90 American patriots died in the Battle of Lexington and Concord.
But the armed American patriots waging guerilla war brought down 250 of the some 700 English troops sent to confiscate their weapons, and by disarming them, make them servile subjects of a tyrannical, distant central government of the monarch King George, rather than free citizens of an independent America.
The patriots who refused to surrender their arms to that distant tyrannical government of King George brought freedom to America, creating what was then the only constitutional republic in the monarch-dominated western world. Those armed patriots of the Founding Fathers’ generation sparked the flame of freedom throughout the world by their example.
Once upon a time, Americans celebrated the anniversary of the April 19, 1775, Battle of Lexington and Concord, as “Patriots Day,” a political holiday as important to freedom as July 4, 1776.
Today, in the liberal progressive Era of Obamaism, April 19, 1775, the Battle of Lexington and Concord is not celebrated, isn’t taught in the schools to the children whose freedom armed American patriots died to safeguard through the generations.
Instead, the history of power through government repeats itself: As King George III railed in his Palace about the Americans who refused to give up their guns and become servile subjects of his rule, Barack Hussein Obama, as a President of the United States who never served a day under arms in its defense, rails in his White House at the U.S. Senate which refuses to pass a law limiting the right of Americans to bear arms, and rails against Americans who refuse to give up their guns, as once did the American patriots of April 19, 1775.
Pardon me if I, on this Patriot’s Day, April 19, 2013, excuse myself from Barack Hussein Obama’s gun-confiscating liberal progressive babble, and instead give thanks to those brave, armed Americans who refused to give up their guns on April 19, 1775, and died defending freedom in the Battle of Lexington and Concord. Indeed, pardon me if I give thanks to all the other American patriots then and now who have refused to give up their guns on demand of power-driven would-be tyrants in government.
As Thomas Jefferson’s motto states: “Rebellion To Tyrants Is Obedience To
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY FOREVER; SURRENDER TO TYRANNY—NEVER!
(Rees Lloyd is a longtime California civil rights/workers rights attorney, a veterans activist, and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce.)