by: the Common Constitutionalist
For most of our lives we’ve been taught that communism and fascism were the enemies of a free people, the enemies of America. That’s true, but only partially.
There is another. It’s called imperialism and for America directly, it has been historically far worse than communism or fascism.
Think about it. We have been involved in but two major wars where our homeland has been directly attacked. These attackers had two very important things in common. Actually, they were virtually identical.
They both were ruled by a monarch and both, for want of a better phrase, had a single state religion.
In Japan it was Shintoism and in England, Anglicanism. The religions mattered not for alternately one was forced to pay homage to a man; Japan’s Emperor and England’s King. If you didn’t like it, too bad for you.
In the case of Japan, we were just minding our business. Yeah, I know; Japan was allied with Nazi Germany. And I know; the oil blockade thing that starved Japan’s war machine. Okay, fine.
However, in the case of our founding, we originally were seeking religious freedom from England; the right to worship with whatever church we wished.
Well, England and particularly the crown would have none of that. How dare an English colony put anything before the King or be a member of any religion other than Anglican, the British state religion.
This is why pastors and preachers in America were targeted and why so many men of religion rose to prominence during our struggle for independence.
Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 29 held seminary degrees or Bible school certification.
This will boil the blood of the separation of church and state crowd: Many state constitution ratifications took place in churches or church buildings. So much for separation.
Anyway, the crown despised the religious independents for they undermined the Kings ultimate authority.
Preachers and pastors would preach revolution from the pulpit. These ministers became leaders of their communities. They advocated for the right to private property.
The British Parliament even referred to our revolution as the “Presbyterian Revolt”.
Ministers would preach to the troops prior to battle. “… American victory had been ordained by God since the beginning of time”, Rev. William Emerson prior to the Battle of Lexington and Concord.
They were the moral motivators of the troops. Preachers actually led male members of their congregation in military drills after Sunday services. This gave rise to the term “Minutemen” for the congregation could be ready to take up arms in a “minute”.
Many of the church leaders were also leaders in government. Oh the horror! The British troops called these pastors “The Black Robe Regiment” for the black robes they wore preaching from the pulpit.
The British were well aware of the Ministers’ power. So much so that when the British road into a town one of the first things they did was to round up and capture the local pastor.
They were the conscience of the community and thus the young nation.
I liken them to today’s outspoken Tea Party members and local Tea Party organizers.
One can always tell whom a despotic regime fears most by the actions taken and rhetoric spoken against them, such as what happened to hundreds of Tea Party organizations prior to this past election.
The Imperial left of this administration fears the Tea Party as the British feared the “Black Robe Regiment” during the revolution.
So although it is prudent to be aware of the dangers of communism, fascism and Islamism, we must also be mindful to guard against imperialism. Not being attacked by another imperial nation, but the danger of allowing our own government to morph into a monarchy of sorts.