“…the American revolution was violent and it was illegal.” Bill Ayers, Co-Founder of Weather Underground.
Radicals compare themselves to America’s Founding Fathers. However, it’s hard to envision George Washington cowering behind a bush while pressing a detonator. In battle, Washington rode on horseback, completely exposed, leading his army of citizen soldiers into leaden clouds of heavy musket balls fired from sneering, massed English troops bent on dealing death and mayhem. But, Washington was no stranger to valor. Prior to the War for Independence, Washington displayed the heroism which was to become his hallmark when, during the Battle of Monongahela, he was so exposed to enemy fire that two horses were shot from underneath him and his coat was pierced by four musket balls. A petty criminal like Bill Ayers is reduced to the stature of a tapeworm in the shadow of General Washington. It is breathtakingly ironic that radicals compare themselves to the founders of a society that they are desperate to destroy.
Radicals like Ayers lurk in the shadows, hurl bombs at innocents, and then flee the scene of the crime. Conversely, America’s founders stood before God and king and made their cause known and their intended actions plain.
The American Revolution began with America’s intellectual and social elite. It was not a mob action, but an orderly defense of human rights by men and women of dignity and means. They were not a desperate mob of lemmings but leaders in political theory, thoughtful, temperate, highly educated, with their lives and fortunes at risk. The American Revolution was not a “bottom up” enterprise. Though the continental army was composed of citizen soldiers from every walk of life, the founders were characterized by greatness and produced the most noble and unique political document in human history. In a world characterized by violence and slavery, they made the promise of equality before the law a fait accompli.