“Educators are needed who are themselves educated, superior and noble intellects, who can prove that they are thus qualified, that they are ripe and mellow products of Culture at every moment of their lives, in word and in gesture…” – Friedrich Nietzsche
On this Independence Day, we enthusiastically celebrate the victory that our Founding Fathers obtained in their valiant fight against a totalitarian government, a lack of proper representation, superfluous taxation, and a state devoid of Liberty. A Revolutionary War spanning 8 years, 4 months and 15 days, resulted in the consequential establishment of the greatest Republic in history. By the grace of the Gods, and in order to form a more perfect union, American Rebels stood in solidarity against overwhelming odds, and a formidable enemy. Our soil was furnished by the blood of Patriots and Tyrants alike, and Liberty was born therein, amidst a field of blood and gunpowder. The unification of the minds of a small group of passionate patriots cultivated the greatest nation of Liberty imaginable.
However, 241 years later, we find ourselves in the midst of a sensationalized parody of celebration, that hardly reflects the intellectual ambition upon which the foundations of our country was established. Our founding fathers worked to preserve a culture of liberty, ambition, autonomy, Constitutionality, Respectability, Class, and Intellectual thought. This isn’t accurately depicted through Fireworks, barbecues and becoming thoroughly inebriated, as glorious as those things appear to be. While those celebrations are fine and well, we must not forget the intellectual traditions that our Founding Fathers adhered to in their battle for Liberty. These men, although different in their occupations and minor perspectives, were unified in the pursuit of Freedom, and the formation of a great nation which outlined the preservation of our Constitutional Rights therein. This could not have been accomplished without the eloquent intellect of American men like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, John Adams, and others. This is echoed throughout all documents establishing American values of Liberty and legality, whether it be the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, or the Constitution.
So, how is it that the minds of the greatest American Patriots might be understood? How might we return to their courageous inspiration, and adapt it into our modern political endeavors?
This is accomplished through a man’s self-education.
To quote Tocqueville,
“One man, in the brief span of his life, notes one fact, another conceives an idea; one man invents a method, another finds a formula; the human race collects en route these various fruits of individual experiments and formulates the sciences.”
Thus, The United States is a gracious land in which we have the freedom to pursue our intellectual endeavors as we will. But this endeavor has been sublimated, and set aside, in favor of Commercial pursuits devoid of any meaning, and without a hint of purpose.
We have lost the essence of what it indicates, to be an American.
If we are to revitalize the political traditions of our ancestors, of intellectual thought and discourse, we must discover how this endeavor might best be pursued. Friedrich Nietzsche presents three integral components of education that efficiently conveys how we might return to our intellectual prosperity.
“People must learn to see; they must learn to think, and they must learn to speak and to write: the object of all three of these pursuits is a noble culture. To learn to see- to accustom the eye to calmness, to patience, and to allow things to come up to it; to defer judgment, and to acquire the habit of approaching and grasping an individual case from all sides. This is the first preparatory schooling of intellectuality.”
Note that this does not indicate a pacifist mentality, but one of logical reasoning, self-discipline, and discourse, that is capable of defending itself in the face of opposition. Through rational thinking and discipline, our founding fathers were capable of creating the Constitutional document that reinforces the individual rights that we enjoy as a commodity today.
However, it must also be noted that American Patriots also applied their discipline on the battlefield, as well, which allowed them to enjoy a victory over the British. Thus, this discipline is applicable in nearly all of our pursuits throughout life, including physical confrontations.
As Conservatives, it is our duty to oppose those who attempt to obstruct political discourse in favor of totalitarian thought. In our modern society, we have lost our ability to maintain civil discourse, in favor of immediately reacting to those who serve as mere agitators in the Political realm. However, we must once again delve into the intellectual roots of our forefathers, so that we might bear their torch of Patriotism and Bravery, against those who seek to destroy all of their honorable memories. A foundation established upon the works of Jefferson, Washington, Emerson, and other American intellectuals, as well as other authors reaching back into the very foundations of Western civilization, like Plato, Aristotle, Anaximander, Homer, Apollodorus, and others, can in no wise be dismantled by any amount of Agitation or opposition.
From amidst the works of these authors, and the Poets, Philosophers, Musicians, Artists, Political Scientists, and Thinkers that helped establish the basis of Western Civilization, The Patriotic American, and the Intellectual Minuteman, is born. Coupled with physical training and the use of Firearms, we are impeccably prepared to defend our Homeland against all threats both foreign and domestic, whether they be invaders, a tyrannical government, or domestic terrorists who seek to destroy our great Republic of Liberty.- and we can indeed say in confidence, “Give us Liberty, or give us Death!”
Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem.
She seeks with the sword a quiet peace under liberty.
‘There exists yet another Patriotism more rational… it stems from education, develops with the help of laws, increases with the exercise of rights and in the end blends in a sense with personal interest.” –Alexis de Tocqueville