Revolutionary War Forebears: the Old Rules Didn’t Apply

by Steve Bowers
Clash Daily Contributor

DUDE,_YOU_SHOT_A_BRIT_OFFICER[1]This cartoon is based on an actual occurrence from our Revolution.

A black man (maybe a slave, maybe not, there were many freemen who were black at that time like Crispus Attucks who was killed by the Brits in the Boston Massacre) shot and killed a British colonel in one of the first battles. He was, as I recall, a militiaman. In other words, he came to the fight with his own gun like all the other militiamen present. And for you liberals I will make this as plain as possible so the point will not be lost on you (maybe). If the militia involved in this particular fight hadn’t shown up (with their own guns), the battle may have been lost (which it may have been anyway, I don’t recall, most of the early ones were lost). And perhaps there would never have been an America and an American Constitution for loud-mouth sanctimonious liberals to pervert.

At any rate, the bigger point of this cartoon is simply that WE THE PEOPLE don’t much care for tyrants. Also note that during that era the unwritten rule during battle was that you didn’t target officers. It was unthinkable that soldiers in battle should be allowed to think for themselves. Without officers it was believed battles would become disorderly conflicts between common, lowly, ungentlemanly fellows who were, at best, cannon-fodder requiring incessant monitoring by their betters.

We don’t understand this concept today because we are Americans …and have been for a long time. And we’ve watched lots of movies about military conflicts and read stories where officers are often portrayed as self-serving idiots. (I suspect there may be some truth to that idea, based on some stories my Dad told me about the Army; while on the other hand, the Marines make their officers get in the back of the chow line when in the field … because then they know if the quartermasters are providing chow as required … and … to show their respect for the enlisted ranks who bear the brunt of combat.) But what do I know?)

We as Americans have an even deeper mistrust for our civilian leadership (excepting the Kool-aid swilling Obama supporters … with them, anything goes, including the recent beheading of a Catholic priest in Syria by a crowd of rebels (read; Islamic murderers dressed in green, aka: Muslim Brotherhood) whom our Nobel Peace Prize winning President assured us were peace-loving bearded young men who, if they had a flaw, were just upset because they’ve been without jobs for a long time.

Our mistrust for our civilian leadership (read: “our betters”) is not just based on the prodigious amount of scandals characterizing Obama’s administration, but a long previous list of other grievances and usurpations by civil “leaders” … for instance when LBJ chose to start directing the actions of troops in the bushes of Vietnam from the relative safety of the Whitehouse “war room.” (That was a really dumb idea, but typical from our betters. Something seems to go seriously wrong with people when they go inside the Beltway: for example, Marco Rubio’s recent betrayal.)

There are lots of other examples of gross stupidity of our ci1vilian leadership (most of it even worse than Obama’s inability to write a simple letter during his days as president of Harvard Law Review).

About the author: Steve Bowers

Steve Bowers grew up on a farm in Indiana, attended Indiana University and went into the construction business. While working on a construction project at a law school he was appalled at how lawyers could screw stuff up on a simple building project. Thinking he could do better, Steve went to law school. He’s pretty naive.

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  • Nick Santos

    nice

  • SATCitizen

    Now more than ever they apply. Give me liberty or give me death.

  • SATCitizen

    Now more than ever they apply. Give me liberty or give me death.

  • goyaathle

    If our freedom is going to last we need a Washington, Jefferson and an Adams to stand up. We need someone like Ron Paul who can lead us. Right now thousands maybe millions want to do something about the treason that has become our government, but we do not know where to start.

  • goyaathle

    If our freedom is going to last we need a Washington, Jefferson and an Adams to stand up. We need someone like Ron Paul who can lead us. Right now thousands maybe millions want to do something about the treason that has become our government, but we do not know where to start.

    • vicki

      We DO know where to start. Our forefathers gave us 4 boxes to use.

      Soap box (what we are doing here)
      Ballot Box
      Jury Box (www.fija.org)
      Ammo Box.

      Those are the tools and that is the correct order to use them in.

  • goyaathle

    If our freedom is going to last we need a Washington, Jefferson and an Adams to stand up. We need someone like Ron Paul who can lead us. Right now thousands maybe millions want to do something about the treason that has become our government, but we do not know where to start.

  • fliteking

    Great cartoons, love ‘em.

    Simple enough for many liberals to understand too.

    • Mobetta Jenkem

      I’m not so sure. You know how they are. Worshiping at the altar of Global Warming and such. Images such as this cartoon need to be made VERY simple for folks like that.

    • Mobetta Jenkem

      I’m not so sure. You know how they are. Worshiping at the altar of Global Warming and such. Images such as this cartoon need to be made VERY simple for folks like that.

    • Mobetta Jenkem

      I’m not so sure. You know how they are. Worshiping at the altar of Global Warming and such. Images such as this cartoon need to be made VERY simple for folks like that.

  • fliteking

    Great cartoons, love ‘em.

    Simple enough for many liberals to understand too.

  • Grayzel

    “They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable

    an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the

    next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard

    shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution

    and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying

    supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our

    enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make

    a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our

    power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in

    such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which

    our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles

    alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who

    will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the

    strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have

    no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire

    from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our

    chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The

    war is inevitable²and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.” Patrick Henry

    • Hossmiester

      Amen! I shall again say to our goverment “I SHALL NOT COMPLY” to any law inacted against my constitutional rights.

  • Grayzel

    “They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable

    an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the

    next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard

    shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution

    and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying

    supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our

    enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make

    a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our

    power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in

    such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which

    our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles

    alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who

    will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the

    strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have

    no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire

    from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our

    chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The

    war is inevitable²and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.” Patrick Henry

  • Grayzel

    “They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable

    an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the

    next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard

    shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution

    and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying

    supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our

    enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make

    a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our

    power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in

    such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which

    our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles

    alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who

    will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the

    strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have

    no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire

    from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our

    chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The

    war is inevitable²and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.” Patrick Henry

  • 2War Abn Vet

    Of 2,500 British soldiers who participated in the Battle at Breed’s Hill, 1,000 became casualties. That’s pretty good shooting for farmers who were low on ammunition.
    The British command realized that they could not sustain many more such “victories”.

  • 2War Abn Vet

    Of 2,500 British soldiers who participated in the Battle at Breed’s Hill, 1,000 became casualties. That’s pretty good shooting for farmers who were low on ammunition.
    The British command realized that they could not sustain many more such “victories”.

  • john4637

    Do not fool yourselves, our government does not fear the American people. We are almost divided in half, they feel they have the full support of our military to shoot us upon command. Now I have been informed, that Homeland Security has gained with support of our government, the assistance of 15,000 Russian troops to assist in any emergencies upon request. Surprise!! They don’t have the full support of our sons and daughters in the military, and Russian troops are not deemed a threat by the millions of armed and trained veterans out here. Logistics, support, communications, air and artillery support will be furnished by as those previously noted, our SONS & DAUGHTERS! If Obama wants to start this thing over that felon Travon might I suggest that he bring it on!

  • BigUgly666

    Hang them all for their crimes against this nation – breaching their SWORN OATH is an “Act of War” against this nation.

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