Sound Familiar?Submitted by fanofwalt on Thu, 04/24/2008 - 02:31
Two quotes from John Adams (who would go on to become the second President of the United States), made shortly before the beginning of the first American Revolution --
First, Adams' own apprehension and his assessment of the capability of the people to really rise up and be victorious. Perhaps you've felt the same way yourself:
"What's about to happen is almost too big for my grasp. We don't have men fit for these times. We lack education, experience in the world, money, everything. I feel an unutterable anxiety. God grant us wisdom and strength in the coming months."
We are not the first to feel the tremulous angst of taking on an overwhelming task, uncertain of how it will end. We are in good company.
And as you read the next quote, consider how we RP supporters sometimes knock heads together, when our collective aim is the common goal of liberty; also consider the many and varied walks of life from which we come; and that as, essentially, total strangers linked only by our desire for freedom, we might not otherwise have come in contact with each other, nor would we likely recognize each other walking down the street. Consider also that fear and unease organically breed suspicion and jealousy. Take comfort in knowing that we share the same "growing pains" as did our Founding Fathers:
"I am discovering that this continent is a vast unweildly machine. We are thirteen colonies, strangers, largely unacquainted with each other, now rushing together in one great mass. It is not surprising that we are jealous of each other's designs, fearful, timid, skittish."
Despite the adjustments needed to bring the colonies together into one harmonious path toward freedom, in the end...well, you know what happened!
These words of John Adams, from over 200 years ago, speak encouragement to us today. Take heart. Never fear.
Never give up.
ONWARD IN THE 2nd AMERICAN REVOLUTION!