When the first seeds of Revolution were being planted in colonial America, there was nothing remotely like our modern Mainstream Media. Communicating ideas was often done by the purest form of social media, people literally socializing with one another. News spread largely by word of mouth. The only way to mass-distribute a consistent message was to have it printed and distributed among the people. Hopefully those who could read the message would share it with those who could not.
There were, of course, tremendous inherent risks to those who advocated revolution against the British crown. Such radical suggestions could not simply be printed in a newspaper for distribution. Instead, these early revolutionary ideals were printed on pamphlets, which were often anonymously, quietly and widely distributed among the people.
Those who wrote, printed and distributed these pamphlets were known as Pamphleteers. Some famous examples include Samuel Adams, Benjamin Rush and Thomas Paine.
Paine’s “The American Crisis” was an especially popular pamphlet written during the Continental Army’s retreat through New Jersey following a demoralizing defeat. It was so powerful a call to continue the fight for freedom and independence that General George Washington commanded it read aloud to his troops on Christmas Eve. It read in part:
“These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman… Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”
Paine’s words are credited with inspiring the Continental Army to a convincing victory at the Battle of Trenton several days later, and restoring faith in the fight for American Independence.
Why the history lesson? Because reclaiming our government from two powerful, richly-funded political parties is a monumental task by itself. Doing so in our modern society without access to Mainstream Media exposure might make our mission seem overwhelming and unrealistic. But it is not. We can accomplish our task by becoming the modern version of the colonial Pamphleteers.
We have unlimited access to the entire world, via the Internet. We can blog, post and tweet about our intentions to provide ethical representation and restore Constitutional government Of the People, By the People and For the People. We can compose and print inspiring calls to reclaim our Constitutional authority in this country. We can talk to each other and anyone else who will listen. We can do all of this without help from Mainstream Media sources that much of the public has come to regard with suspicion.
I neither have nor desire a monopoly on being the voice of Veterans Party. This is not exclusively my party. This is our party. This is YOUR party. I am simply one passionate representative. Around the nation, party leaders and members are publishing their own inspiring thoughts and calls to action. Yours are no less valid, and no less welcome.
Someone has to awaken the sleeping giant of American determination. I encourage you to use your voice! Speak out about your dissatisfaction with the status quo in our government and our society! Do not remain silent. Do not be ignored.
If you cannot find the words yourself, encourage those who can speak for you and SHARE their words with all who will listen. Share them online. Share them in person. But share them with someone else!
This country wasn’t inspired to a revolution for independence on television. It was inspired in person, one American to another. Our forefathers and foremothers accomplished the impossible 239 years ago. They changed the world. We can apply their wisdom and techniques to change our world today.