19 April 2006    |    PatriotPost.US    |    Patriot No. 06-16


"What a glorious morning this is!" —Samuel Adams (to John Hancock at the Battle of Lexington, Massachusetts, 19 April 1775)


"Don't fire unless fired upon. But if they want a war let it begin here." —Captain John Parker at the Battle of Lexington ++ "The Sun never shined on a cause of greater worth." —Thomas Paine ++ "We know the Race is not to the swift nor the Battle to the Strong. Do you not think an Angel rides in the Whirlwind and directs this Storm?" —John Page ++ Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!"—George Washington ++ "The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations... This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution."—John Adams ++ "Patriotism itself is a necessary link in the golden chains of our affections and virtue."—Stephen Decatur ++ "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."—Thomas Jefferson ++ "Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"—Patrick Henry


"Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, 'What should be the reward of such sacrifices?' Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship, and plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth? If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!"—Samuel Adams



In honor of those brave Patriots who, on April 19th, 1775, at Lexington and Concord, fired the opening volley for American liberty—and those Patriots who continue in that tradition today, shouldering the burden of American liberty, particularly those on the warfront with Jihadistan.

By the Spring of 1775, the Massachusetts Colony was preparing for conflict with the Royal authority over taxation without representation. The colonial authorities had become oppressive, and American Patriots were prepared to cast off their masters.

On the eve of 18 April, 1775, General Thomas Gage, military governor of Massachusetts, dispatched a force from Boston to confiscate weapons stored in the village of Concord, and to capture Patriot rebels Samuel Adams and John Hancock, reported to be in Lexington. But Patriots had anticipated this raid.

Paul Revere had arranged for advance warning, and though he was captured, Patriot allies William Dawes and Samuel Prescott continued their midnight ride for twenty-two miles from Boston's Old North Church to Concord and warned militiamen along the way.

As dawn arrived on 19 April 1775, between 50 and 70 militiamen came to the town green at Lexington to confront the British column. When a few links away from the militia column, the British officer swung his sword, and said, "Lay down your arms, you damned rebels, or you are all dead men. Fire!" Several Patriots were killed and wounded, but none had been ordered to return fire.

However, when the British arrived at Concord's Old North Bridge, American "Minutemen" fired the "shot heard round the world" as Emerson notes above.

That was the beginning of an eight-year struggle for American independence, a beginning we honor as Patriots Day.

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Concord Hymn
Ralph Waldo Emerson

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world.

The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.

On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set to-day a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, are sons are gone.

Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.

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This week's "Sociocrat Sycophant" Award: "Republicans have raised millions by demonizing Ted Kennedy, and that will continue. But even Kennedy's harshest critics have come to realize the man is a superb legislator..."—Eleanor Clift

Just hoping: "[I]f Bill Clinton could run for President again, would he be re-elected?"—CNN's Wolf Blitzer to Jack Cafferty, who responded, "Oh, I think he probably would be, in a heartbeat, don't you?... "[W]ho do you see on TV? You see Hillary and Chuck Schumer and Ted Kennedy... Clinton would be the answer to a prayer. Not Hillary, her husband." **Remember, Bill never even got a majority vote (43% in '92 and 49% in '96). ++ "Bill Clinton is still campaigning for the Nobel Peace Prize. But, for now, he'll just have to settle for the 'Political Play of the Week'." —CBS's Bill Schneider

Politically challenged: "[H]as this administration basically cut the necessity for any truth out of the equation of government?" —MSNBC's Keith Olbermann

From "The McCainiacs": "During his 2000 campaign, [John] McCain gathered support as a straight-talking maverick by attacking some members of his party's base. Now it appears he's on a very different course." —ABC anchorette Elizabeth Vargas, upset enough to end the Leftmedia love affair with McCain

Reclaim Earth Day from socialist enviro-nuts like Al Gore. Remind them that the Industrial Revolution was the foundation for the strongest economy in the world.(Quantity discounts available).

Newspulper Headlines: What Would We Do Without Oprah Winfrey?: "Oprah Winfrey: Wealth Is 'a Good Thing"' —People

But Not All of Them: "Experts Agree They Disagree" —Herald News (West Paterson, NJ)

Big Deal, So Can a Drunken Sailor: "Student Can Recite Poem With Profanity" —Associated Press

This May Be a Problem if She Decides to Run: "Clinton Couple Indicted for Tax Evasion" —Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, MS)

That's Easier Said Than Done: "Hawaii May Honor Humuhumunukunukuapuaa" —Associated Press

Bottom Story of the Day: "Elephant Eats Scores of Cookies, Gets Sick" —Associated Press (Thanks to The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto)


Aiming low: "I think...[Defense] Secretary Rumsfeld, with all due respect, is a past tense man. And the president would be very wise, in my view, asking him to step aside. We need a new direction in Iraq." —Sen. Chris Dodd, really aiming for President Bush

Getting it backwards: "The Democrats make a terrible mistake if we act like it's illegitimate to be a values voter. Let me just say, every one of you is a values voter. If you weren't a values voter, you'd be at a Republican dinner tonight." —Bill Clinton, whose "values" won't get past our Patriot Editor for Standard and Practice

From the Purveyors of Classism: "America did not build the greatest economy in the world because we had rich people. Nearly any society has some of those. We built the greatest economy in the world—and most of us are beneficiaries of it—because we built the American middle class. If we don't send a signal that we are all in this together, the character of America will change." —Hillary in '08 Clinton, lady of the people

Keen Sense of the Obvious: "[N]o matter how many times I call this lectern a car, it does not matter, this is not a car. This is a lectern, used here in the Senate for us to put our papers on and deliver a speech. This is not a car. If I come to the Senate floor and, day after day, hour after hour, call this a car, it is not a car. It is a lectern. If I come to this Senate floor day after day and say what the Democrats have done is unusual, unwarranted, unbelievable, it is wrong, it is as wrong as this lectern being called a car." —Harry Reid offering bold Democrat leadership in item labeling

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This week's "Gratuitous Racial Slur" Award: "Well, first off, I refute your terminology. You don't say 'kike,' 'patty,' 'WOP,' OK. You don't say 'nigger'!... You're using language that's offensive to me and offensive to my people!... You pollute the air every day, [Lou] Dobbs... That language is offensive, it's derogatory, it's denigrating, and don't use that terminology to me again, referring to my people!" —Nativo Lopez, president, Mexican-American Political Association in answer to Lou Dobbs' question: "You're talking about a boycott of all illegal aliens in this country?" **"Bank robbers and drug dealers ought to start claiming that the words 'bank robber' and 'drug dealer' are akin to the N-word. They could accuse lawmakers of 'criminalizing felonies' and claim they don't understand what the word 'jailbreak' means." —Ann Coulter

Traitors like us: "I wanted to do a tour like I did during the Vietnam War, a tour of the country. But then Cindy Sheehan filled in the gap, and she is better at this than I am. I carry too much baggage." —Hanoi Jane Fonda

The World's Smallest Violin: "[The White House] made an effort to besmirch my good name and my wife's reputation and damage her career." —Joe Wilson

Facts are stubborn things: "I am so sick of talk show hosts who say things like 'everyone thought that there were WMDs in Iraq at the time of the invasion.' That is just not true!... Bush knew the information he was putting forth to Congress and the American public was false at the time he used it to justify invading Iraq. It is important that these facts are told." —Barbra Streisand, intelligence expert on the truth...


"The more they claim they've gone nuclear, the more U.S. intelligence experts—oops, where are my quote marks?—the more U.S. intelligence 'experts' insist no, no, it won't be for another 10 years yet. The more they conclusively demonstrate their non-compliance with the IAEA, the more the international community warns sternly that, if it were proved that Iran were in non-compliance, that could have very grave consequences. But, fortunately, no matter how thoroughly the Iranians non-comply it's never quite non-compliant enough to rise to the level of grave consequences." —Mark Steyn

"Al Gore addressed a Democrat fundraiser Monday in New York City where they raised millions of dollars. He's in an extremely awkward position to criticize the Bush administration's policies. Without oil, Al could never move his arms and legs." —Argus Hamilton

"Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote an editorial in The Wall Street Journal on immigration reform. In it Arnold complains that too many immigrants are sneaking into the country and becoming governors." —Conan O'Brien

"Oh, so that is what the First Amendment means: Congress shall make no law abridging freedom of speech unless speech annoys politicians." —George Will

"San Francisco is in a time warp. I know what you're thinking: San Franciscans still think Marx and Lenin were onto something..." —Rich Galen



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David Letterman: Top Signs You've Hired A Bad Easter Bunny: Costume is made from rabbits he hit on the Interstate; Not really a hop—more of a drug impaired stumble; Before kids get candy they have to sit through a presentation about timeshare condos; Keeps saying, "Jesus? No doesn't ring a bell..."; He's been wearing the suit since November; Easter basket is filled with menthol cigarettes; Hides five eggs and the body of a drifter.

Jay Leno: [Last Saturday was] April 15th, tax day! It's the day that legal Americans wish they were illegal Americans. ... Also Easter—so while people are trying to hide Easter eggs from the kids they will also be trying to hide their nest egg from the IRS. ... Easter is so different in California. Like in Beverly Hills kids don't decorate Easter eggs, they paint low cholesterol egg beaters. Then they hire out illegal immigrants to go out and find them. ... There's a huge controversy here in California over a state senate bill that would require all students to study [homosexual] history. Proponents cite an alarming survey showing that 80% of kids don't know which one is Siegfried and which one is Roy. I had no idea it was that bad. ... As you know, there were lots of huge marches around the country [last week] to protest the immigration laws. The marches had quite an impact on businesses. Restaurants had to close, construction sites had to shut down, the Yankees had to forfeit a game. ... Do you realize that Americans are now doing the jobs that immigrants won't do because they're out protesting? ... Over one million people marched in...protest. And while we were watching them do that another million people snuck across the U.S.-Mexican border. ... President Bush today announced a new fitness plan to get people walking. It's called "gasoline at three dollars a gallon."

Lex et Libertas—Semper Vigilo, Paratus, et Fidelis! Mark Alexander, Publisher, for the editors and staff. (Please pray for our Patriot Armed Forces standing in harm's way around the world in defense of our liberty, and for the families awaiting their safe return.)