While I do not subscribe to the left-right paradigm, the author makes wonderful points here about the importance of local activism in the battle to reclaim liberty.
When Mel Gibson starred in the 2000 movie The Patriot, he played the role of colonial father and farmer Benjamin Martin. Martin was portrayed as a prominent South Carolina resident whose word carried weight amongst all classes of men and women. In a meeting of the South Carolina Assembly, a discussion for vote is brought up regarding whether to take up arms against King George of England over his oppressive taxes and other ways against the Colonials. In the meeting, Martin (Gibson’s character) poses the following question:
Why would you trade 1 tyrant 3000 miles away for 3000 tyrants less than 1 mile away
The movie made famous the real quote uttered by Mather Byles, Cotton Mather’s grandson, to Nathaniel Emmons in Massachusetts. The point of the quote was a very real issue of where the power of a representative republic truly lies. In a monarchy, it was assumed all power was…
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