For most of my life, I readily and most ignorantly referred to the war that won America her independence as the “Revolutionary War.” The title seemed then so to fit what happened to produce the country in which I lived. And really, what is in a name.
A lot actually is in a name. After God had saved me and I began to study the Bible, there was one troubling fact that I had to come to terms with, Rebellion is a sin (Rom. 13:1-5). So, were our Founding Fathers in rebellion against God when they threw off the shackles of tyranny? No, and this is why there never was an American Revolution.
We can see this when we look at the words of the founders.
“Our properties within our own territories [should not] be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own.” — Thomas Jefferson, 1774
Here Jefferson is not working under the assumption of being in anything but his own country. This is not a pretended country, but one that was his by the right of charter. This is why when the British made laws, the Colonies were not given a vote. The Colonies were not a part of the Empire. Jefferson was speaking of the right the Colonies had always had as independent states making and enforcing their own law.
George Washington said
“Our own Country’s Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions — The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now upon us, and we shall have their blessings, and praises, if happily we are the instruments of saving them from the Tyranny mediated against them. Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world, that a free man contending for Liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.”
Now, surely George Washington did not think that Britain was watching and expecting that Americans would do their duty. That does not fit, does it? And what happened to bring about the independence of America does not meet the definition of a “revolution” either.
Webster defines a Revolution this way
: the usually violent attempt by many people to end the rule of one government and start a new one
: a sudden, extreme, or complete change in the way people live, work, etc.
: the action of moving around something in a path that is similar to a circle
The first definition is the one we are after. So, was the government of King George ended by the war? Was this the stated goal or aim of the war? Did the Continental Congress wish to take the place of either the House of Lords or the House of Commons? No, none of this was true. This too is why there never was an American Revolution.
The American Revolution is happening now, as the Socialists and Globalists are taking possession of our country.