For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.
Longfellow’s night-wind of the Past blew into the Northeast yesterday as Massachusetts elected Scott Brown to be their new senator; the horror of the health care bill was providentially stopped. Last night I thought not only of Longfellow’s Paul Revere’s Ride, but also of the words of John Page to Thomas Jefferson on July 20, 1776:
“I am highly pleased with your Declaration. God preserve the United States. We know the Race is not to the Swift nor the Battle to the Strong. Do you not think an Angel rides in the Whirlwind and directs this Storm?”
This past year has been an hour of peril and storm for our country. With increasing consternation we saw our Republic slipping away from us as we recognized the flagrant extension of power by the White House and Capitol Hill. Less than a month after Obama’s inauguration, on February 15, Keli Carender of Seattle organized the first grassroots protest against the stimulus bill, and on February 19, Rick Santelli shouted, “This is America!” and called for a Tea Party. From winter to spring to summer to fall, we wrote, we called, we marched and we challenged: we are Americans and we will not give up our freedom. The Boston Tea Party of December 16, 1773, became our ensign and the words of our Founders our inspiration.
Be it remembered, however, that liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.
1765: A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law
Yesterday Michelle Malkin wrote regarding the Massachusetts special election:
The Tea Party comes full circle
How fitting that Massachusetts became the state whose election provided a resounding voice for us.
This year may not be easy, and it will have its own storms–Quin Hillyer foresees Obama’s reaction–
He will try to use executive orders, regulatory/bureaucratic edicts, and a corrupt Justice Department to force through leftist changes in all sorts of areas of daily life. In short, he will become more openly authoritarian. This means we are in for some rocky times. This man is playing for keeps, and he is not a small ‘r’ republican at heart. He is an Alinskyite. Power is everything to him. All who believe in limited government must gird up our loins, because (sorry for the cliches) Barack Obama will not go gentle into that good night.
–but the Massachusetts Miracle was an event underscored with significance for us. Last week a volunteer for Scott Brown told Robert Stacy McCain:
“I feel like we’re here . . . not just voting for us,” she said. “We are casting our vote for the rest of America.”
America voted in Massachusetts yesterday. In 2010, we still stand on 1776.
Fawn McKay Brodie, Thomas Jefferson: an intimate history; (124), Michelle Malkin; TeachingAmericanHistory.org; AmSpecBlog.