Monday, July 03, 2006

A Fourth of July Tale

I've always been annoyed by blind nationalism, especially as it becomes more pronounced around July 4th. Nonetheless, I found that old The Price They Paid tale that supposedly describes the fate of the signers of the Declaration of Independence quite stirring.

Thanks to Eric, over at Sohum Parlance, for the heads up that The Price They Paid isn't quite the way things happened. Here's Snope's review of the story.


At 9:12 AM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

Just so I'm clear, Snopes doesn't say that sacrifices weren't made, only that the story has been embelleshed a bit.

At 9:22 AM, Blogger Fred said...

"Embellished"- that's word I was looking for.

At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Embellished or not, watch Mel Gibson's The Patriot. Fictional though it may be, it does go to show the kinds of individual sacrifices that were made, and the kind of stuff we were once made of.

At 12:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the kind of stuff that we were once made of" ?

Speak for yourself.

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Fred said...

"...kind of stuff we were once made of.".

I saw The Patriot. Great movie.

Keep in mind, though, from what I've been told, only around a third of the colonists supported the independence movement, so it's not like everyone was out there on the front lines.

At 1:37 PM, Blogger Eric V. Kirk said...

Well, a third at first. I think by the time the war was over it was a bit higher.

Haven't seen the Patriot yet. The criticism I've heard is that it made the British out to look much more evil than most of them were for dramatic effect.

At 7:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I imagine if they made a similar movie about the Islamic terrorists, they would have them sawing off living boy's and small schoolgirls' heads, videotaping it and putting it on the internet, just for dramatic effect. To try to get you to care. Wonder why it doesn't work in real life?


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