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!