A day will come...

"Sí, se puede", Yes, it is possible.
The man who beat the oil oligarchs, the pols and the Perrys.

By Walter Brooks

John Kennedy told us "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."

He added, "Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth."

And a day will come when Cape Codders will glow with pride for having been the first people of America to embrace that future with offshore wind power as one way to free our country from its dangerous dependence on foreign oil.


Jim Gordon, a 21st Century energy revolutionary, is offshore again, see story.

It was ever so.

In 1775, a full year before the Declaration of Independence was signed, Cape Cod seamen turned their packets into armed privateers and began harassing King George - the 18th Century one.

When the 13 Colonies declared their independence a year later, they had only 31 ships comprising our young nation's Continental Navy. To add to this dangerous shortage, the Continental Congress issued Letters of Marque to privately-owned and armed merchant ships, and awarded commissions for privateers, which were outfitted as small warships to prey on British merchant ships.

Merchant seamen who manned these ships contributed to the very birth and founding of our Republic, and Cape Cod supplied the first and foremost of these "revolutionaries".

These "revolutionaries" were opposed in 1776 by what we now call Tories, the naysayers of the 18th Century, just as today the Jeff Perrys and Osterville's oily oligarchs oppose Cape Wind.

And as they eventually did in 1776, the antis lost as they have today.

What kind of unimaginable courage did it take for those Cape Cod sailors to re-rig their small packets into armed privateers and go against the might of the British Empire, the world's greatest of that era.

It was the same dauntless determination and daring which impelled Jim Gordon to challenge the enormous power and money of the fossil fuel forces when he proposed America's first offshore wind farm for Cape Cod shortly after 9/11.

And today's Tories were venomous in their resistance.

Bill Koch and other wealthy seasonal homeowners have spent over $20 million to stop America's leap into a fossil-free future. And they failed, and should be damned as the Tories of the past were by freedom-loving patriotic Americans.

Mr. Gordon didn't just buck the unimaginable power of the status quo, the oil money and the selfish homeowners along our shore, but the Cape Cod Regional Chamber of Commerce influenced by lobbyists for Cape Wind's business competitors and a ten-year unrelenting onslaught by the conservative Cape Cod daily newspaper owned by Australian-born Rupert Murdoch.

Why, Jeff Perry, why?

The future arrived last week when the United States Department of the Interior signed a 25-year lease with Cape Wind, and Jeff Perry knows it, so why does he still oppose this free enterprise energy independent effort?

He claims to be a conservative, and conservatives applaud private enterprise over government involvement in all things.

It's Jim Gordon's money on the line, not a federal bailout, and Perry is against federal interference in private business.

Could it be the money available to anti-Cape Wind politicians from the oil industry?

The great Farm Workers Association leader César Chávez Estrada said, "Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours."

 You can not stop the future either. César Chávez's rallying cry was "Sí, se puede" - yes, it is possible.

Once again the future of America has arrived off Cape Cod, and it can't be stopped either.

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