Let us not forget that the 4th of July was the result of a handful of people going to meetings, deciding they weren’t going to take the shit the government was doing anymore, and doing something about it.
Let us not forget that people rode under cover of darkness, destroyed corporate and government property, and were arrested and killed in the process, and didn’t stop.
Let us remember that change, that time, came at a heavy cost of fighting and bloodshed, and not pretend that Britain would have let us go with a nicely worded petition.
Let us remember that we could not have done it alone, and the French, who were more powerful, did us a huge solid in a moment of need that was a game changer. Let us not forget the importance of allies in power in politics.
If you are a patriot, you understand these things are necessary for a free America, along with discourse, education, free speech and freedom of religion; our nation was founded by a bunch of activists forging a revolution from the backwoods, sometimes with what they had on hand (which were largely farm implements). Next time you hear someone complaining about an activist event getting out of hand, please remind them that Paul Revere was a spy, the Boston Tea Party was destruction of property, and Thomas Jefferson himself said: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Activistas, I salute you. Please keep setting examples of patriotism until we remember what it takes to change in the face of tyrants.
Originally posted by Mia Li Pittard
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