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The patterns of history

Ever since I can remember I’ve loved history.  It was the one subject I excelled in during my high school and college years.  I always had a deep appreciation for it because at a young age I realized history speaks to us even if we choose to ignore it.  You see history can teach us about life and about us if we’re willing to take the time to open our eyes and examine the past with an open mind.  It can teach us about success and failure, love and hate and human nature because the truth is history is the fingerprint of our humanity.  When we see clear patterns in history we should take notice of them.  When we see the repeat of these patterns throughout history we should learn from them so we don’t make the same mistakes.  This is what the founders tried to do when crafting our constitution.  They didn’t want to repeat the mistakes of the past.  History was speaking to them and they were listening.

Most if not all our founders had a classical education and were men who were well aware of the patterns of history.  They understood the causes that led to the fall of Greece and Rome.  History taught them that the pattern of human nature had changed very little since the days of the ancient Greeks.  Men’s desire to rule over other men was still the same in the 1700s as it was in the days of the Roman Empire; very little had changed in 2,000 years.  The thirst for power and control was as unquenchable back in the 1700s as it is today.  We still have elites who want to rule over the masses and their thirst for power and control is still unquenchable.  The founders foresaw this is where we could end up because history had taught them about the patterns of human nature.  Disrupting this destructive pattern of power and control over another was foremost on their minds when they crafted our constitution.  They wanted to limit the ability of men to impose their will on the citizens.  This is the real genius of our constitution and what makes it such a remarkable timeless document.  Human nature changes very little over time.

Today we find ourselves locked in ideological battle with those on the left who desire to impose their will on the citizenry.  The same struggle taking place today was played out in the streets of Athens and Rome over 2,000 years ago.  It was played out in the streets of colonial America.  238 years ago on this day the British Parliament enacted the Coercive Acts in response to the Boston Tea Party.  Often referred to as the Intolerable Acts, these acts were designed to isolate and punish the Massachusetts colonists for their defiance.  A very similar pattern of abuse occurred when Arizona passed a law to enforce the federal immigration laws on the books two years ago.  The Obama administration acted in a manner that made an attempt to coerce Arizona into changing its behavior.  The actions by the administration were designed to isolate Arizona much like Massachusetts was isolated by the British.  I wrote the following article Arizona: In the Shadow of King George in 2010 that addressed this very issue.  So as you can see very little has changed; the patterns of history reveal the truth if we’re willing to see them.

Let’s face it there are forces trying to undermine the very document that was designed to restrain them.  They will try to use a variety of different tools to get around the constitution to impose their will on us.  Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank financial reform law are two examples of tools the left will use to control the people and limit our choices.  The constitutionality of Obamacare is now being determined by the Supreme Court; however very little attention has been paid to the Dodd-Frank law.  Both were cut from the same liberty stealing fabric.  Both are coercive in nature and both should be viewed as intolerable acts that impose the will of government on its citizens.  And this is why understanding the patterns of history is so important.  Once you see how this pattern is played out over and over again throughout history you will be able to understand how it leads to tyranny and the enslavement of a people.  You will begin to see what the founders saw…that these patterns need to be disrupted and replaced with institutions that secure our rights and restore our liberties.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

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  • Steve Dennis March 29, 2012 at 5:08 AM

    Great post John! The federal government is forcing its will on the different states in many instances–we have Arizona, South Carolina, and Texas to name a few, who have passed laws the feds do not like and the feds have turned around and sued the states. This seems to be happening more and more and everytime something like this happens our republic slips just a little more away from us.
    Couple this swallowing up of the states with the type of laws you mentioned–healthcare and Dodd-Frank–and we are witnessing a huge increase in the authority of the federal government, which naturally means less liberty for the people.
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    • John Carey March 29, 2012 at 6:16 AM

      Thanks Steve. This is why I have always felt that knowing our history is such an important piece of the puzzle in restoration of the republic. This is also why the progressive left has worked so hard to revise our history beginning in the early 1900s. If people don’t know our history, they can be easily manipulated and controlled because they have no background.
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      • Steve Dennis March 29, 2012 at 8:11 PM

        Knowing history is one of the most important necessities for all voters because without a basic understanding of the founding one cannot understand how far we have drifted from the constitution. This is why proper history is no longer taught in the schools.
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        • John Carey March 29, 2012 at 8:39 PM

          The progressives have been successful in diluting it Steve. This is why we need to keep spreading the truth my friend.
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  • Infidel de Manahatta March 29, 2012 at 5:51 AM

    The situation now and in 1776 are eerily similar. I keep thinking of the EPA and one line from the Declaration of Independence runs through my head:

    “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.”
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    • John Carey March 29, 2012 at 6:20 AM

      That’s exactly what has happened Manhattan. We have been clobbered with a massive amount of regulations that not only steal our liberties but stifle economic growth. You correct that the similarities with 1776 is remarkable.
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  • Bunkerville March 29, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Another excellent post. I too am a student of History but sadly, as we know, all great civilizations come and go. With any good educational system, this should no longer happen. Alas, I fear we are too far gone.
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    • John Carey March 29, 2012 at 8:33 PM

      Thanks Bunker. Yes great civilizations to come and go; however I believe the decline of ours is self imposed to a certain degree. The progressives have been successful in revising our history and their version is being peddled to our school children as the real deal. We’re now beginning to reap the fruits of the labor. What tics me off is that the information is out there as well as the truth. It’s only a mouse click away.
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  • Silverfiddle March 29, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Progressives of all parties hate the US Constitution and have been slowly nibbling away at it, like the rats and cockroaches that they are, for the past 100 years.

    To steal a line from Dostoevsky, remove the constitution and all is permissible.
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    • John Carey March 29, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      It all started in the early 1900s and over the last one hundred years we have allowed a piece at a time slip away. We can now look back at the totality of their work and see how anti-founders and constitution they really are. Very sad we didn’t see it coming. Now even the conservatives are infected with this progressive disease.
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  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire March 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    “…history is the fingerprint of our humanity”

    Well said, John. The patterns of history are there to easily see for anyone willing to see. The sweet call of socialism has blinded many; maybe the majority.
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    • John Carey March 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM

      You know what is really sad Jim, is most people don’t even realize that the scraps that they so desire to hold on to are gained through socialistic mechanisms.
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  • Linda March 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    “Once you see how this pattern is played out over and over again throughout history you will be able to understand how it leads to tyranny and the enslavement of a people.”

    LOL your train of thought is so similar to mine, it’s like you just read Aesop’s tale, The Frogs Who Desired A King.
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    • John Carey March 29, 2012 at 10:43 PM

      Like you said Linda…”Once you see how this pattern is played out over and over again throughout history you will be able to understand how it leads to tyranny and the enslavement of a people.’ This is why we can both see it and so many others cannot. It’s easy to recognize if you know your history.
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  • Matt March 30, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    That’s a great comparison, but most unfortunate for the Republic. Sadly, we are facing more oppression than the colonists were before the revolution.
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