Sunday, March 25, 2012
How many men and women did it take to start the Revolution?
UPDATE: Are you in, near, or able to get to Georgia next weekend to meet with other Patriots who intend to secure their AO when necessary? Here's the link at CA's place. By the way, the number below is disputed a bit, but most historians agree: About 80 men stood with John Parker. And they knew the British force headed their way had them outnumbered by about 10:1.
Think about those odds when you find yourself standing alone or in a small group of Patriots in Georgia, or Texas, or Pennsylvania, or Northern California...
Up until April 19th when John Parker picked up his kit and mustered his men (many of whom were family) to hunt the British, how many men and women were instrumental in bringing that event to fruition?
It is rhetorical, essentially. We can not give a firm number. There are names we know well from history, from Adams to Henry to Jefferson to Franklin. There are lesser known names who were among the men willing to disguise themselves as indians and head to Boston Harbor. There were others who burned the homes of Governors. Many were business owners. Many were skilled workmen.
But of the roughly one third of Americans (at that time 1/3 of Colonists was merely about 1.3 million across all the Colonies), how many were Sons of Liberty and similar who took action, rather than grumbled at the pub?
The number was small.
TL mentions that 32 people have committed to attending the Liberty Summit.
A few dozens more have attended and will attend PatComs in various locations.
What do we have among our community, perhaps 200 men and women, who are willing to "take action" of some sort, prior to meeting on the Green? And then how many will show on the Green?
Compare simple percentages (round up if it makes you feel better) and you will understand that the Enemies of Liberty exponentially outnumber the people who want liberty, much less those who will act for Liberty.
Are a few hundred modern Patriots like Patrick Henry sufficient or futile in 2012?
Sure, there are more III Patriots across the republic. (I still call it a republic, because I am stubborn). I have made it the task of this blog and my efforts, right up until it is time to go to the Green, to find as many of these III Patriots as possible and put them in contact with others in their AO, build morale and cohesion as force multipliers.
One thing is certain: Force on Force at the beginning of festivities is suicide. And with your death, so dies Liberty. This is a fight for the smart.
We have a few thousand every day who visit our blogs. A few hundred, by my guess,
(200) who will actually venture into the world of malum prohibitum prior to the Green. Where does that get us? Where does our current number compare with the number of men willing to take action prior to the Green in 1775?
Does such a small number of modern III Patriots have any value for agitprop?
I'm not sure. But that is where I am headed. That is my course. To find our allies and find Patriots who would have been dressed like indians on December 16, 1773.
Those of you who will make it to the Liberty Summit, I look forward to shaking your hands and meeting you. I will not participate in any confidential conversations. As I have said many times, Feds watch me. I will not be responsible for any Patriot catching a case. I will meet you, shake your hand, let you measure me, and then I will leave you to do what you will. What I do not know, I can never reveal, even by accident.
But I will be there. I will be proud to know you. When this is over, for whoever may be left, we will meet again.
Until then, consider your place in this struggle for Liberty. Recognize our strengths and our weaknesses. Understand how so few can change the course of history, when they stand on Principle and refuse to yield.
Here is TL's latest.
Posted by K at 7:29 AM