Patriot’s Day

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Concord Hymn
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set today a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.

Patriots’ Day is a state holiday in Massachusetts and Maine, where state, county, and municipal offices are closed. This day commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord, which were fought near Boston in 1775 on the 19th of April. Patriot’s Day is annually held on the third Monday of April.

US Navy Jeep has a nice article here concerning this very New England holiday. In that article the author, Bob Reed, poses the following:

The Declaration of Independence would not be written for more than a year, but the mistreatment of the colonists by the British crown had led them to desperation. Actions like this embody the patriotism and resolve of our early forebears. And they lead one to wonder how Americans of today would react to conditions similar to those of the colonists.

The British Army is not marching on Concord to seize our powder and shot. It is not the British Crown demanding that we pay ever increasing taxes on everything. It is not the British Parliament proposing new laws and restrictions on our freedoms. No, it is Progressive Elements within our own state legislatures and the Federal Government doing these things. And we put them there!

What do we do now America?

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11 responses to “Patriot’s Day

  1. Are you inciting a riot… ermmm… revolution, Sarge? 🙂

  2. Bill Brandt

    I think what we are facing is more insidious than the British of 1775. I read an interesting piece awhile back on the British view of the American Revolution – a lot of these taxes, levied against the colonies, were to simply pay the costs of the French & Indian War, which, from their perspective, were just levies.

    So we fought among other things against taxation without representation.

    I can’t say much these days for taxation with representation either 😉

    The power to tax is the power to destroy and almost as soon as the 16th Amendment was ratified, politicians ran on the basis of taking from one group to give to another. The IRS tax code is 65,000 pages long today.

    The climate today – since we are all limited by our own relativity short lifetimes, is hard to make comparisons. But I don’t remember it so polarized as these times – even Vietnam, where there was polarization, it seemed pretty lopsided, say, 60-40 (how else can you explain a McGovern losing in 1972?) – today it is 50-50.

    There seem to be 2 Americas at the moment.

  3. cg23sailor

    As someone else said recently… Our Founding Father would have already been shooting.
    2014 isn’t 1775 or ’76 yet… But it is 1774. Lets hope it doesn’t have to go to 1775.

    (Though I am willing if it does.) I remember My Oath, and bound by it still.

  4. virgil xenophon

    What to do? GOTTA get active locally with letters to editors, attending of town counsil meetings, etc, so as not to let the “neutrals” be swayed by leftist propaganda into believing were unreasonable “extremists,” “racists” etc. We’re gonna need them if push comes to shove..

  5. Hogday

    Good luck with the lobbying.
    Interesting in a way, that today we lay Margaret Thatcher to rest amid rabid protestations by some quarters about “what she did to them”. No one has said that it was actually the electorate who, sickened by Marxist trade unionists grinding the nation to a halt, sanctioned this by electing her – three times in a row. A point that seems to have been conveniently overlooked.

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