“Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world that a Freeman, contending for liberty on his own ground, is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.” ~ George Washington, General Orders, Headquarters, New York (2 July 1776)
language warning: we speak in the direct language of rebels that would have hanged our Founders for treason against God and King.
Setting: Boston’s Green Dragon Tavern dining room at the far corner booth, 5PM a few days before July 4th having beer flights and lobster rolls with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. All appear age 40-50; that is, mature yet vigorous:
George: wearing business khakis and a white dress shirt with two unbuttoned front buttons, sleeves rolled up two times. His hair is business-short, just longer than military. His troubled teeth are now restored in perfect health. His 6’3” physique is powerfully muscular on a large-boned frame; this is an athletic man who works out. His demeanor exudes controlled confidence. He sits next to Tom, and on the outside of the booth.
Tom: wearing board shorts, sandals, and a t-shirt covered by an unbuttoned Boston Red Sox “Thank you Big Papi” jersey. Tom’s hair is on the longish side, fading red as is George’s. He’s almost as tall as George, but of medium frame and easy athleticism and elegance of a cat, with healthy appearance of a man who runs for fitness. Tom is attentive, not assertive, at times lounging in the corner of the booth. Tom and George’s accents are not Southern by today’s standards; with only a hint of how those dialects would develop.
John: At 5’6” and unathletically portly, he wears dress slacks, a white shirt with only one unbuttoned button, and sleeves buttoned. His hair is between the lengths of George and Tom, and balding. John is talkative, creatively intelligent, energetic, and at ease in a role of facilitator of our discussion. John’s accent is discernible as New England.
I walk in a few minutes early, only to find my three companions already seated with beer flights and lobster rolls. George sees me walking toward them; looks across to John with a nod. John bounces up, spins toward me with open arms.
John: Carl! So good of you to come! Welcome! (bro hug, as George and Tom stand, more formally) Forgive us, we felt it best to arrive early to acclimate.
George: (extending his hand, with just the hint of a smile) Carl.
Carl: (my hand nearly disappearing into his amazingly large and powerful hand) Sir.
Tom: (genuine smile, extending his hand) Thank you for joining us, Carl. It’s our pleasure to meet your audience, and you.
Carl: (looking around at all) Thank you. The pleasure is certainly ours, gentlemen.
John: (already flagging our waitress with his hand warmly on my shoulder) A beer flight for our friend, please! And… (diverting his attention to me) lobster rolls, Carl? They’re excellent (instantly reading my approval, then back to the waitress) three more servings of lobster rolls!
We all sit; Adams takes a moment longer with his portly frame more snug in our booth.
John: (looking at me, eyebrows raised) A few introductory remarks? (I nod) As you can see, we’re trying to blend in, and at an age to best relate to our audience of fellow Americans. Our physical bodies have received certain healings, such as George and my teeth, Thomas’ wrist, and various maladies to approximate the health of men in your time. (pause to see if I have any remarks; I did not) Since our time on Earth together over 200 years ago, we’ve resolved any differences with each other, and committed to offer our experience as best we imagine in the year 2016. Carl, we felt it best to offer you the beginning of our conversation.
Carl: Thank you all. I feel it best to treat you all as friends and colleagues, and for our conversations to evolve naturally, given your generous offer for us to meet however many times useful. So, that said (smiling, looking at Tom), Bro: a David Ortiz Red Sox jersey? You’re a fan?
Tom: (not missing a beat) Certainly. David Ortiz brings passionate intensity to perform with excellence, while bringing a love to all players in that mutual challenge. Cooperative competition is one of the pathways forward in Americans’ condition of servitude, Carl. Contrast this with another Red Sox player from less than 40 years ago who stated he hated every dirty bleeper who wears a bleeping Yankee uniform. This shift to loving one’s neighbor, in practice rather than rhetoric, is a requirement for lasting victory.
Carl: Yeah, and what happened with that? Why didn’t American freedom last?
John: (scowling) As it ever was! The nobility corrupted and captured our republic, then used the very words of liberty to mask tyranny! Their agents purchased what they wanted, and without enough men and women of purpose to oppose them, came to dominate the free nation we founded! The nobility play the tune of demons, and oh, will the people dance! (Still scowling, he reaches for a glass of his beer, then stops as he feels Washington’s glare upon him. John clears his throat.) Until now, that is.
Tom: As with us, you have all the agents you need for victory. And this time, with your audience’s elevated recognition of the elite needing to be arrested to discover the depth of their crimes against humanity, you’ll have the full truth that we couldn’t reach in our revolution.
George: If I may, and to continue John’s analogy, the audience of alternative media has heard this demonic song enough to lead its end, once and for all on Earth. But you need a breakthrough to lead the public. Without leadership from military, all you’ll be doing is talking.
Carl: I agree, sir. How can we best reach them?
George: You can’t. In a US population of over 300 million today, you don’t have the connections. Today’s military leadership must recognize the facts and act on their own initiative. People like you who write, as in our time, educate and inspire all who are ready for truth. The American colonies in 1776 had a total population of 2.5 million, so rabble rousers like Mr. Jefferson, John and Sam Adams, and others like you, Carl, could easily reach public opinion in taverns such as this, and with pamphlets such as each of you have written.
Our waitress arrives with my beer flight and lobster rolls.
John: Ah! Thank you, my dear! May we have another round of flights? (She writes down the six John chooses) And make that four orders, please, our friend shall catch up! (John warmly grabs my shoulder. At this point I notice our waitress is now closer to Washington, with her hips almost facing him. I see Jefferson has noticed, with a slight smile of interest. Washington is looking appreciatively at our waitress’ face) And may I ask you to send a compliment to the tavern owner: these are the most flavorful beers I’ve ever tasted or could imagine tasting! Even with the one named after my cous…, er, Sam Adams, being one of the most ordinary!
Waitress: I will. I’ll be right back. (looks directly at George with an inviting smile)
Tom: (in good humor) A heavenly distraction to our topic.
John: (just realizing what transpired) Oh, for God’s sake, man! May we return to business?
Carl: Let’s roll with this (returning a friendly hand on John’s right shoulder): So, George, I take your meaning that those reading our interview must strike a balance between activism and patience because we can only win with enough of us awake and ready to act.
George: A strategic necessity.
Carl: So, how should those awake and ready now respond to all of Life’s “heavenly distractions” from our cause to free humanity from these demons, this ongoing wanna-be nobility above the law?
Tom: That’s up to each of you. Certainly you appreciate that each of us had multiple interests during our mortal time on Earth. So should you, to the degree they call to you.
Carl: And be patient with these “multiple interests” for how long, Tom? I’ve had a lifetime of work and patience, brother. I’m fucking done feeling patient; I have to work for it now, really generate it in honor of the Goddess managing this planet. I appreciate my place as a guest on Earth, but for God’s sake, when will this trial of living under psychopaths be over?
Tom: Good question, Carl.
John: (interrupting Tom in good humor and approval) That divine distraction didn’t last long…
Tom: (continuing smoothly) At least until she returns, John. But Carl, pause for a moment and appreciate this point: you, personally are heavenly distracted in many areas of Life, as are all the audience members reading this, and everyone you observe. To deny this is to cut-off the passions that fuel your desire for freedom! (Leaning forward into his point) The revolution for justice and freedom you serve is only for living a broader expression and experience of where your passions drive you. This point is clear to you, yes, Carl?
Carl: Of course.
Tom: Then do what you will for revolution, and appreciate the time you’re given to explore your other interests. General Washington is right: your forces are too few and too weak at this point. You must be patient.
Carl: For how long, my brothers?
The three look at each other. George leans in.
George: Until enough of you are ready. You will know the time. Keep writing, keep speaking in co-creation with God. You reach more than you know.
John: And with paradox of patient activism: enjoy your friends, enjoy your food and drink (gesturing with a truly deliciously rich lobster roll), and discover what Life has to offer beyond what you imagine. There is no realistic option; one cannot fight both earth and heaven!
Our waitress arrives, walking from behind George and nearly brushing his shoulder as she turns away from him to slightly bend as she places a tray on the empty table next to our booth. She holds Tom’s beer flight and reaches in front of George to place it in front of Tom. She serves John, me, and finishes with George, looking at him.
Waitress: Is there anything else I can do for you?
George: (smiling with reserved interest) Thank you. This is absolutely perfect. (Our waitress pauses, smiles back, and gracefully walks away with her tray)
Tom: I believe, George, that young lady would like you to be the father of her nation.
George: (after acknowledging Tom with a brief wry look, returning to gravitas) Carl, would you like to discuss strategy for winning this revolution?
George: Outside of some form of divine intervention, you must build a demand to arrest your criminal political leaders for treason, Wars of Aggression, Crimes Against Humanity, destruction of the Bill of Rights, looting led by central banking, political assassinations that include President Kennedy and Martin King, and official lying with complicit media. These crimes are the opposite of American ideals in the Declaration of Independence and lawful guarantees in the US Constitution.
There exists no argument against those facts except from the treasonous who only have bullshit in place of reason. As God watches over us, that will be made clear. (controlled passion in voice and eyes, with clenched fist tapped and held on our table)
When Americans recognize these facts and demand grows strong, a coalition of military and government will act. They will honor their Oaths to defend our victory for human freedom.
John: When that point is reached, the scales will tip. You have no militia, no military at your use until that time. The armed services you’ll have are exactly those still in service, albeit unhappy service, to the American empire. Those will become your military, but only after those scales have tipped.
Tom: You’re doing your part. I wrote a pamphlet of the people’s rights contrasted with the dire treatment we received from our own government. Tom Paine’s Common Sense was the turning argument discussed in every tavern of America. There are so many powerful journalists pointing to the facts. Stay steadfast; the time of what you call an Emperor’s New Clothes moment will come when people and God align.
And just to emphasize one point on George’s well-stated “list of grievances” for modern independence (wry smile), your fellow Americans have no idea how much they’re being looted by the lawless nobility. You document $1,000,000 per US household in withheld benefits, with the .01% noble-class hoarding about $30 trillion in off-shore tax-havens. Americans are being used as work animals, and don’t know it.
John: I don’t even know how the fuck much $30 trillion is…
Tom: $30 trillion is about thirty times the total needed to end all forms of global poverty. The .01% nobility wage endless wars using American military while watching a million children die gruesomely slow deaths from preventable poverty every month.
Adams appears to be looking for a spittoon, then rolls his eyes in recognition they don’t exist in 2016.
John: Americans as work animals for demons who laugh as children die! And I’ll add this: the debt-slavery of today is as debtors’ prisons and indentured servitude in ours: most will die from it.
George: Carl, the turning point for us was when the British came to disarm our militias, that split our people with those who saw we had to act for self-defense, or forever have boots on our necks as owned servants.
Carl: How did that really go down when your government tried to confiscate your guns and powder at Lexington and Concord?
John: (sneers) First, let’s make this clear to your patriots of today: your government tells you that you don’t need firepower equal to that of your government as excuse to disarm you. (snorts) We had fucking cannon in our arsenals as well as powder and guns! Our government wanted us disarmed and to immediately arrest my cousin, Sam Adams, and John Hancock as the first to be sent to England, tried for treason, and hanged!
Tom: (measured and deadly serious) It was a common pun that you attribute to Ben Franklin, but true: we had to all hang together, or assuredly we would all hang separately.
Please be clear that when George and I heard Patrick Henry speak, he gave the starkest and concise truth of our choice if we rejected servitude to the aristocratic nobility of our own government: liberty or death.
Americans face the same choice today.
All three intensely and steadily focus on me in communication of the seriousness of America’s standing.
John: And you won’t hear that across the Charles River at fucking Harvard! (indicating with his thumb)
George: (downing the last of his beers, and with gentle smile) So in conclusion, Americans of today have a more impactful choice than we faced in our time. We won a nation, albeit temporarily; you prepare to win all nations.
Carl: May I show you guys a powerful video communicating this choice? (I open my iPad with their interested assent) It’s nine minutes:
They watch and listen intently.
Tom: Wow. Better than a pamphlet.
John: Yes. That is your choice: standing for freedom or becoming indentured servants to those fucking demon-serving nobles.
George: (clears his throat, eyes down, and barely controlled fury) I am especially motivated that these traitors who took our freedoms mock my warning against such tyranny by government by reading my Farewell Address every year in Congress.
By God, these cowards will honor their Oaths to serve freedom or have much worse to face than me upon death.
Carl, please make this warning clear.
Carl: I’ll include your address at the end of the article, sir. (and to Tom) As well as the Declaration of Independence. (to John) I’ve got something for you, too, bro. And please know, gentlemen: having the choice between virtue and slavery to psychopaths is a central theme of my public service.
(I down the last of my beers. I sigh.)
I’m doing all I can imagine, bros, but I don’t feel inspired.
Tom: (hearty laugh, with John quickly joining. George looks on with restrained smile) Neither did we! (calms his laughter, with hand up to say more) I mean, at our best we did, we could see and feel the weight of our work upon history, but this was the most serious work. It nearly fucking killed us, especially him. (nodding at George)
John: History, honor, and for all you exist on Earth demand your action. You earn whatever you act to build, here and now, and in the Life to come after these mortal bodies expire. That is part of the reason you must do your best to enjoy your life, in order to support your work in what is difficult and dangerous.
John: And be reminded of the corruption therein under my name? I think not. Let us take State Street to enjoy the harbor, and remind ourselves of driving the nobility’s minions from our shores. (stands, and pauses reflectively with both palms on the table) Carl, we three still recognize the Boston from our day.
When will Americans still recognize us?
When will they hear John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington speak to them today of the tyranny they must recognize, or suffer under its cruel demands?
When will they enact the responsibilities of independence?
Carl: I’m ready. When enough of all beings involved in this action are willing, we will win in an Emperor’s New Clothes moment. But for now, let’s enjoy our walk, to imagine a brighter future built from your yesterday, our today, and everyone’s tomorrow. Or (nodding to Tom) to walk with open appreciation of the world around us, with no preoccupying thought at all.
The following three paragraphs are from George Washington in his Farewell Address, an open letter to the American public published on September 19, 1796:
“All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.
However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion…
In offering to you, my countrymen, these counsels of an old and affectionate friend, I dare not hope they will make the strong and lasting impression I could wish; that they will control the usual current of the passions, or prevent our nation from running the course which has hitherto marked the destiny of nations. But, if I may even flatter myself that they may be productive of some partial benefit, some occasional good; that they may now and then recur to moderate the fury of party spirit, to warn against the mischiefs of foreign intrigue, to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism; this hope will be a full recompense for the solicitude for your welfare, by which they have been dictated.”
“The right of a nation to kill a tyrant, in cases of necessity, can no more be doubted, than to hang a robber, or kill a flea. But killing one tyrant only makes way for worse, unless the people have sense, spirit and honesty enough to establish and support a constitution guarded at all points against the tyranny of the one, the few, and the many. Let it be the study, therefore, of lawgivers and philosophers, to enlighten the people’s understandings and improve their morals, by good and general education; to enable them to comprehend the scheme of government, and to know upon what points their liberties depend; to dissipate those vulgar prejudices and popular superstitions that oppose themselves to good government; and to teach them that obedience to the laws is as indispensable in them as in lords and kings.” – John Adams,A Defence of the Constitutions of Government(1787), Ch. 18.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” – US Declaration of Independence
Reading of the Declaration of Independence:
Note: historical character analysis derived from 30+ years of professional consideration of American history and its principal figures.
Note: I make all factual assertions as a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History, with all economics factual claims receiving zero refutation since I began writing in 2008 among Advanced Placement Macroeconomics teachers on our discussion board, public audiences of these articles, and international conferences (and here). I invite readers to empower their civic voices with the strongest comprehensive facts most important to building a brighter future. I challenge professionals, academics, and citizens to add their voices for the benefit of all Earth’s inhabitants.
Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History; also credentialed in Mathematics. He worked with both US political parties over 18 years and two UN Summits with the citizen’s lobby, RESULTS, for US domestic and foreign policy to end poverty. He can be reached at Carl_Herman@post.harvard.edu
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