From an eye-witness to history

There are those who say that a tyrannical government can’t happen here. When reminded that such a thing did happen here in the middle of the 18th century, they go on to insist that these things don’t happen anymore in  our modern world. Here is an account from someone who did witness tyranny in the world of today…

One note: The video starts a few seconds too late. Here’s a transcript of the speaker’s first two paragraphs…

The past Monday I decided to visit the Minuteman Park in Lexington and pay tribute to Captain John Parker and his fellow minutemen. A thought came to my mind, that the founding fathers of the United States and Chairman Mao had one thing in common: they all realized that guns are important political instruments. Their similarities, however, ended there:

Chairman Mao wrote: ‘Political power grows out of barrel of a gun’, and he dictated: ‘The party shall command the gun’. James Madison and his compatriots, however, believing that the power of the state is derived from the consent of the governed, ratified that ‘the right to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed’.

Governments can and do turn tyrannical. About 250 years ago, ours did. Our king and our parliament began to view us as less than Englishmen. And though our English constitution guaranteed our rights, our government began to ignore that constitution; just at the Chinese government ignored their constitution at Tian’anmen Square.

So don’t tell me that it can’t happen here. It already did once before.

(H/T: Dave Markowitz)