237 years, 10 months, and 5 days ago General George Washington issued these general orders to the stalwarts of the Revolutionary Army:
The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their Houses, and Farms, are to be pillaged and destroyed, and they consigned to a State of Wretchedness from which no human efforts will probably deliver them. The fate of unborn Millions will now depend, under God, on the Courage and Conduct of this armyâ€”Our cruel and unrelenting Enemy leaves us no choice but a brave resistance, or the most abject submission; this is all we can expectâ€”We have therefore to resolve to conquer or die: Our own Countryâ€™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 Actionsâ€”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 meditated against them. Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and shew 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, July 2, 1776
Today, the orders are the same. Once again the time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their Houses, and Farms, are to be pillaged and destroyed, and they consigned to a State of Wretchedness from which no human efforts will probably deliver them.
Once again it is not some foreign power threatening Americans’ basic and natural rights and freedoms. It’s our own government doing so, just as the Crown did so in days gone by. Once again we’re divided in our loyalties, with some 20% supporting the cause of freedom, some 20% staying loyal to the “Crown,” and the rest just hoping to weather the storm. And once again, we can expect the majority of Blacks to align with “Crown.”
As it stands and has always stood, the order remain the same. Let us hope and pray – and act as the God(s) hands to fulfill our prayers – that we are as successful as the Founders were.