In the late hours of August 29, 1776, following the Battle of Long Island, General George Washington gave orders for retreat to Manhattan. With all available water vessels assembled, ferry landings were reached via muffled wagon wheels and men marching under orders of silence.
Quartermaster General Thomas Mifflin and his rear-guard were given their duties – stay behind and keep the campfires going. Deceive British scouts into thinking American forces are not on the move.
British General Howe, secure in his knowledge of surrounded American forces, most likely dined that evening unconcerned – Perhaps he prepared a speech worthy of a gentleman officer receiving surrender from a hapless and hopeless opponent.
The next morning, a slow moving fog aided and abetted a somewhat botched master plan of retreat.
By mid-morning of August 30th, incredulous British troops occupied now-empty American fortifications.
Washington successfully withdrew 9.000 in troops without losing a single one.
General Howe lost the advantage he had gained.
A few dedicated fire tenders saved the day and Continental Army.
You may wonder why I’m sharing this with you. I mean, who wants a history lesson on a Saturday afternoon when county fairs, baseball games and last-of-the-summer camping expeditions reign supreme?
Quite simply because I realize We The People have been deluded by modern-day fire tenders.
While we are concentrate on the fires of overvaluing property and giving loans to those not able to pay, we ignore the true threat of the inter-dependent system of government and bank cartels.
While we debate and argue over the merits of nationwide health care systems and the true effectiveness and honesty of modern drug companies, we are distracted from pending legislation that allows even more regulation and control over our food supplies.
While we cry for a return to a Free Market, in order to save ourselves, we are diverted from examining what Capitalism really is and what must occur in order for it to function in a stable and rewarding manner.
I’m not adverse to Free Market, legislation to protect an unsuspecting consumer from products that will kill them or Capitalism. I’m also not against reducing government, lowering debt or stabilizing the housing market.
But I am concerned that in our complex society, multiple ‘fire-tenders’, who, by the way, are the same folks who profit the most from our current systems, are faithfully keeping the lights on – distracting us from what is really going on.
And, like General Howe, at the end of a day filled with work and planning, convinced our hard work and planning has persevered, we will instead, gaze upon an empty wasteland, devoid of any the gains we were so sure we had secured.
Just one more example of how history repeats itself…