Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Why is it even necessary to point this out? Are audiences really that unsophisticated? (People are lazy but not really that dense, right?) 1776 ring any bells?
America lived the reality of guerilla warfare against an oppressive nominally legitimate government, more than once. Guy Fawkes would have gotten along well with the patrons of the Green Dragon. That spirit is quite familiar to our national character or should be anyway...
To paraphrase, 'We're pissed off enough that we're resorting to force and here's why: He's a bastard. We asked nicely for that to stop. He kept being more of a bastard. We warned ya. We warned ya some more. He got even worse. So now we're taking matters into our own hands.'
Dress that up any other way and it's the classic story of revolution. Everyone prefers nonviolent revolution. Lots of people died in really brutal ways in both the American and French revolutions. Those were real people just like you and me. They felt real pain and fear.
Some revolutions succeed. Most don't. The reason that such fictions are so compelling is that they serve to remind us just how costly revolutions can be. The freedoms purchased with the lives, fortunes, and sacred honor of others shouldn't be discarded lightly. What might it take to purchase them back? I won't yield my rights in the name of fear and I won't yield them in the name of security either.
Anarchists. Revolutionaries. Upstarts. Rustics. Rebels. Cowboys. Those are our revered ancestors. It should be no surprise that there's a cultural divide.
It should also be obvious that there is a world of difference between the declaration of independence and this.
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