The late Mike Vanderbeogh of the Sipsey Street Irregulars website was among my favorite bloggers. His writing was clear and informative, educational, and stirring to one’s patriotism. Mike, who used the nom de plume George Mason*, left us much too soon after fighting a cancer that eventually took him, to the regret and sorrow of all who looked upon him as a truth teller, a staunch defender of our country. (I’m sure if you do a search on my site, you’ll find several mentions of him and the Sipsey Street gang). I had tremendous respect for him. We all did. Mike was born in the wrong century – in the 18th c. he would have been among the great minds in the war for independence and subsequent debates in the convention to draft our constitution.
The Conservative Treehouse borrowed a passage from Mike’s pages to illustrate where we find our nation today.
“This is no small thing, to restore a republic after it has fallen into corruption. I have studied history for years and I cannot recall it ever happening. It may be that our task is impossible. Yet, if we do not try then how will we know it can’t be done? And if we do not try, it most certainly won’t be done. The Founders’ Republic, and the larger war for western civilization, will be lost.”
“But I tell you this: We will not go gently into that bloody collectivist good night. Indeed, we will make with our defiance such a sound as ALL history from that day forward will be forced to note, even if they despise us in the writing of it.”
- George Mason IV was an American planter, politician and delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention of 1787, one of three delegates who refused to sign the Constitution.