In 1778, during the height of the Revolutionary War, Benedict Arnold jumped ship to fight for the British. Since then, his name is synonymous with treason.
Today, was have a new name to link to treason against America: Donald Trump.
Despite recent undeniable proof (and indictments against Russian agents) that Russia meddled in the 2016 Presidential election, Trump continue to deny the truth during the dual press conference in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
I don’t know (though it seems likely and has seemed likely for a while) if Putin has something on Trump or he is just so dam egotistical that he can’t see what is happening in front of his eyes.
I’m not a legal scholar, but for me, this would be more than enough of a reason for me to start impeachment proceedings. We’ve been sold out to Russia and Putin knows it. The only person who doesn’t know it is Trump.
Even those who have supported him have called Trump out on what he did and said today.
So much for America First.
Today, as we celebrate Independence Day, we talk about and remember the Founding Fathers.
One of the more memorable events that led to the revolution was the announcement by Paul Revere that the British were coming.
Unknown to many Americans, there is another one that made a similar ride. Her name was Sybil Ludington. The teen-aged daughter of Colonel Henry Ludington, a hero of the Revolutionary War in his own right, young Sybil rode to alert neighbors about the impending British invasion. Legend states that she rode farther and faster than the men who took similar actions.
She was only 16 years old.
When we speak of history and heroes who had a hand in shaping the future, we often only speak of men. We rarely speak of women or young girls.
It’s time to change that. We need to honor the women in our collective past who did not confirm to what it was to be a proper lady. In taking that ride, Sybil Ludington, in her own small way, paved the way for future generations of women to do what is right, as opposed to what is proper.
Happy Independence Day.
Family and a parent’s love for their children is the strongest force on Earth.
In the 2000 movie The Patriot, Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) is a farmer in Revolutionary era South Carolina. A widower with seven children who survived the French Indian War, Benjamin is not initially interested in the war. He simply wants to raise his children.
But his two oldest sons, Gabriel (the late Heath Ledger) and Thomas (Gregory Smith) disagree with their father. Gabriel joins the Patriots against his father’s wishes. The family catches the attention of the brutal Colonel William Tavington (Jason Isaacs), who burns down the Martin home and kills Thomas. Torn between protecting his surviving children and avenging his son’s death, Benjamin will soon change his mind about the American’s fight for freedom.
While I am not a huge fan of Mel Gibson, this movie is enjoyable. A history lesson wrapped in the story of a father’s love for his children, the narrative is plausible and the acting is good.
Do I recommend it? Yes.