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AT LEXINGTON AND CONCORD ^ | 01/09/13 | Bob Lonsberry

Posted on 01/10/2013 6:37:32 AM PST by shortstop

The Tea Party was just for show.

It was a demonstration. A dust up driven by the anger of people unhappy with arbitrary and vexing taxes.

It made the news, it has passed into our heritage, but it didn’t mean that much.

The Tea Party was only a milestone on the path to freedom.

The rubber met the road at the Lexington green and the Concord bridge.

In Lexington and Concord, it all got real. Pushed and pushed and pushed some more, at Lexington and Concord, the cause of American freedom stood up on its feet and fought.

This was the morning after Paul Revere’s ride. Paul and a handful of others rode an interlocking pattern of alarm over the Massachusetts countryside in the dark of an April night in 1775. It was really a pre-planned response to the heavy boot of government oppression on the road into town.

As hundreds of British regulars marched from Boston out toward Lexington and Concord, Paul and the others woke farmers and merchants, men who had drilled and trained and elected officers, and the militia rose.

That was the men from town.

Every man of able body, from 16 to 60, gathered with his gun on the Lexington green and above the North Bridge in Concord, mustered with his neighbors and kin to defend their town and their turf and their freedom.

They stood on the Lexington green, watching the regulars march by, and a shot rang out and others rang out and where the old men, the veterans of the French and Indian wars, stood rock steady, the young men scattered under the fear of fire.

It was an uncertain skirmish, an unintended bloodletting, and the government men pushed on through Lexington to Concord.

Which was where the Americans stood.

They used the choke point of the bridge and the element of surprise and their quickly growing numbers and they cut them down at the bridge.

The Revolution was on.

It was an honest-to-goodness uprising, the line in the sand and the crossing thereof. The American snake had been trod on, and its fangs had sunk deep.

More than a year before the Declaration, before there was thought of independence or war, after years of escalating harshness from the government overseers.

That’s when the people fought back.

Sure, there had been the Boston Massacre, the snowball fight that left Americans dead in a heap. There had been the Stamp Act and the Tea Tax and the Committees of Correspondence and the Sons of Liberty and the tea in the harbor.

There had been speeches and pamphlets and a rising level of discontent and contempt.

But it had not become violent. It had not become rebellion. It was a civil issue, a matter to be redressed, a culture to be explained.

For years on end.

But then it was one if by land and two if by sea and this armed march into the countryside was met by something other than cold indifference.

It was met by Liberty’s fist, in fire and lead, and from that point on the government was fundamentally doomed.

It would take more years, and a seemingly miraculous hand, but that day in April 1775 was when it all truly started.

Which begs the question: Why?

Why then? After years of past insult, after decades of amazing patience, after embracing a culture of their own Britishness, why did these men from town and country come together to fight for their families, faith, home and liberty?

What was different?

At the Boston Massacre, it was an issue of justice and heavy handedness. With the Stamp Act it was a meddlesome and burdensome tax, as it was with the Tea Tax. Those two were about money.

But Lexington and Concord were about something else.

They were about guns.

In that fateful move by the government, it was decided that government agents would sweep into Concord and capture its militia guns.

That was what the Minute Men thought was important enough to fight over. And that’s how the war came to begin and, ultimately, how we came to be free.

The flash point wasn’t a new regulation or tax, it wasn’t an oppressive governor or further restrictions on the people’s liberties.

It was the guns. Of all the oppressions and irritations, of all the insults and disrespects, of the taxes and regulations, the spark that set the whole thing off was guns.

When the government came to take away their guns, the war started.

That’s probably something good for governments to remember.

TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; bloodoftyrants; donttreadonme; govtabuse; guncontrol; guns; libertyordeath; lonsberry; secondamendment; tyranny; youwillnotdisarmus
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1 posted on 01/10/2013 6:37:34 AM PST by shortstop
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To: shortstop

Well said, Bob!

2 posted on 01/10/2013 6:43:24 AM PST by Obadiah (It is when a people forget God, that tyrants forge their chains.)
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To: shortstop
Use'em or lose'em.
I think we're about to be there.

If Obama and his gang of Rats had any sense, they'd back off.
We'll see.

3 posted on 01/10/2013 6:43:59 AM PST by grobdriver (Sic semper tyrannis!)
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To: shortstop

Ever notice how the news media ignore the battles of Lexington and Concord? I noticed it over twenty years ago that there was never a mention of it in newspaper editorials on April 19.

4 posted on 01/10/2013 6:47:40 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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5 posted on 01/10/2013 6:47:52 AM PST by capt B
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To: shortstop
Victory in our war for independence was a tenuous thing. Considering that it was as much a civil war as one against a distant monarch, the fact that we won was little short of a miracle.

We will need another such miracle now to re-establish something close to the America we used to know.

Better start praying.

6 posted on 01/10/2013 6:48:30 AM PST by skeeter
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7 posted on 01/10/2013 6:50:07 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: grobdriver

Too late.

If they back off, they must be chased down their holes and eradicated.

8 posted on 01/10/2013 6:52:05 AM PST by Hardraade ( (Vendetta))
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To: shortstop
May God grant us peace. Should peace be unavailable, may God grant us the power to put down our government in the manner proscribed by our Founding Fathers.

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle;
be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray:
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

9 posted on 01/10/2013 6:53:15 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: shortstop

Well written. Every so often the blood of tyrants has to water the tree of Liberty!

10 posted on 01/10/2013 6:57:00 AM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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11 posted on 01/10/2013 7:21:06 AM PST by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only Hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: shortstop

This has been buiding since 1968. I have a bad feeling the foreigner sitting in the Oval Office is going to push the envelope too far. And soon.

12 posted on 01/10/2013 7:54:24 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: shortstop

That’s straight shooting indeed. Is this still the USA?

13 posted on 01/10/2013 7:55:53 AM PST by veracious
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To: shortstop
Lexington & Concord II is just around the corner.
14 posted on 01/10/2013 8:01:33 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back The Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: shortstop

The commies in charge may want it. Lenin’s “The worse, the better.”

15 posted on 01/10/2013 8:07:08 AM PST by Travis McGee (
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Concord Hymn by R.W.Emerson
on the dedication of the Concord monument.

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those spirits dare,
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.

16 posted on 01/10/2013 8:14:56 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: shortstop
Boston Massacre

Our government may cause a few of these before it is over. They will be the ones doing the shooting.

17 posted on 01/10/2013 8:59:22 AM PST by RetiredArmy (1 Cor 15: 50-54 & 1 Thess 4: 13-17. That about covers it.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar


Not only do the media ignore Lexington and Concord, The ignore Pearl Harbor, 9/11, Fast and furious, and Benghazi.

18 posted on 01/10/2013 9:06:04 AM PST by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: Travis McGee

“All war is based on deception”

Sun Tzu

19 posted on 01/10/2013 9:19:56 AM PST by Carthego delenda est
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To: shortstop

Remember, they took the moral high ground. They let the British fire first. It took brave men to do that. Once they fire, then you fire.

20 posted on 01/10/2013 9:23:20 AM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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