Dennis Jamison reinvented his life after working for a multi-billion dollar division of Johnson & Johnson for several years. Now semi-retired, he is an adjunct faculty member at West Valley College in California. He also currently writes a column on history and one on American freedom for the Communities Digital News.
Americans should try to remember why sleepy boys and tired men awoke, and got up out of bed, and grabbed their muskets and shot to stand their ground against their own government. It may very well be a time Americans need to awaken once again.
The brave Americans had taken up arms not for a country, but for a cause – a cause that Thomas Paine would proclaim to be the cause of all mankind. It was not long afterward that the cause would be more cogently articulated -- in the Declaration of Independence.
If Americans started to actually believe that America was founded upon such self-evident truths, and the Founding Fathers had meant what they said in the Declaration of independence, the white southern aristocracy would soon be doomed – they responded to Abraham Lincoln in armed aggression to defend their “rights.”
The amazing reality is that although Thomas Jefferson was indeed not present in Philadelphia at the writing of the Constitution, the future Secretary of State did influence James Madison via significant correspondence from across the Atlantic.