Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
know of no reason why Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent to blow up King and Parliament.
Three-score barrels of powder below to prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s providence he was catch’d with a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
Tonight is Guy Fawkes Night. Check it out. A familiar rhyme to me for some reason. A 400 year old holiday. Many different traditions but all with the same intent. Celebrate your country. How have you honored those who came before you lately? Have you stood while the colors passed or merely continued your conversation. Have you discussed topics relevant to all men around you instead of simple things in your life that have no bearing on the common good?
I believe that selfless acts of rebellion are worth remembering not for what they did or (in this case) didn’t accomplish but moreso because they at least caught the attention of some who made the issue known and at least able to be discussed without fear.
So much in our country that is discussed is deemed “un-American” or “anti-Patriotic.” Bull, this country was founded by people who wanted their freedom, religiously at first with the Pilgrims then down the line with everything else by the 1770s. Rebellions made this country. Treasonous acts made this country. George Washington, would have been summarily killed by order of the King had he been captured. He was a traitor to the crown and the country. Here, we treat him as a hero, on our money, our stamps, we name streets after him. A rebel, a traitor.
There is no such thing as “un-American,” we are a nation of many colors, races, creeds, and beliefs, we are a nation founded through turmoil. To not question authority and simply blindly follow our leaders is “un-American,” to believe that your religious beliefs are superior and others should be tolerated is “un-American,” and lastly I believe that to vote for someone because they are simply a member of a particular party or because they are not a particular person is “un-American.”
Vote for the issues you believe in, vote for the person you believe represents you the best. Don’t vote Red or Blue, don’t vote anti-Red, or anti-Blue, and don’t vote Anti-JoeCandidate. If you’re not sure where you stand or where the candidates stand, check out PoliticalBase.com.
Celebrate the freedom earned for us by exercising is regularly.