“O Bury me not in the deep, deep sea…”

via Daily Prompt: Bury

July 12, 2017

“Wednesdays child is full of woe…”    

   “And, then,  on December 16, 1773, after being stood up by the Governor, who’d promised to meet with them concerning the repealing of the much-hated “Stamp Act” taxation on their tea, the group known as “The Sons of Liberty”, who had some now-famous American patriots with them, one of which was Paul Revere, and with local patriotic citizens helping them, dressed up as Mohawk Indians, then, under cover of darkness, they split up into 3 groups, each charged with one ship, and went aboard those ships filled with tea, and threw the tea into the waters of the Boston harbor.  No one was harmed, and only one was arrested.  The relationship between the British government, and the Colonies never recovered after that, and the First Continental Congress was formed, and met, about a year later…and, the rest is History.  More tea, children?”

Boston Tea Party picture by Sarony and Major, 1846                                                                                  

   “…A girl on shore, many tears will shed
For the one who lies on the ocean bed.
Above his heart the whale will hiss,
And his pallid lips the fish will kiss.”  ~George N. Allen~ 1850

                                        

So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.

Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?

And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.

10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him. Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of theLord, because he had told them.

11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.

12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.

13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.

14 Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, We beseech thee, OLord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man’s life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee.

15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.

16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord, and made vows.

17 Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” [Jonah 1:7-17 KJV]

   I know the world seems filled to overflowing with misinformation, and downright lies, these days, including distorted information on groups such as the original “Sons of Liberty”.  Their chosen title came from a Irish-born Colonel named Isaac Barre`, who coined it while defending them in Parliament, who called them “…these sons of liberty…”.  And, yes, I know that even Johnny Tremain is a fictional character from a book by Esther Forbes.  However, there’s a big difference between what is termed, “literary license”, or even “artistic license”, and outright malicious spreading of falsehoods, that are among those the spreaders are guilty of, themselves.

   So, let me be among those who take absolute joy in burying at least some of those falsehoods.  I choose to focus on the hypocrisy of leftists who denounce the methods used by the “Sons of Liberty”. In the accounts of that early patriot organization I noticed that, in the beginning, their acts of defiance against the British government’s “Stamp Act” taxation reminded me of the shouts and slogans, and even the violent acts, of none other than those who now oppose this current Trump administration.  The proclamations of “resistance”, which included their usage of ‘mob rule’; the use of violent acts against anyone they perceived to be against what they believed was ‘right’; the use of fear-inducing methods such as ‘tar and feathering’, to intimidate their opposition.

 Methods were adopted by the group in order to try and gain what they wanted: an end to ‘Taxation without representation” by the British government.  It ended by bringing about the permanent split between the British crown, and the American colonists, and the beginning of the American Revolutionary War against Britain, with the American’s fighting for their right to rule themselves as a separate country from Britain.  Yet, those involved in the so-called ‘resistance’ to president Trump and his administration have adopted tactics so similar to those of the “Sons of Liberty”, it’s laughable to hear them also condemning those tactics when it comes to the “Sons of Liberty”.

 What I’m saying is: it’s time to bury the hypocrisy used by the leftists.  If those violent, vicious tactics were good enough to be used by them, then by definition they were good enough to be used by the first American patriot organization, fighting for liberty against the tyrannies of the British government.

   Here’s a perfect example of “the pot calling the kettle black”, in the case of a leftist tv personality:

  “I abhor hypocrisy.”~Don Lemon~
Really, Don?

  Here’s another example:

“I will use whatever position I have in order to root out hypocrisy. Democrats have strong moral values. Frankly, my moral values are offended by some of the things I hear on programs like ‘Rush Limbaugh,’ and we don’t have to put up with that.” ~Howard Dean~

Yet another “pot” calling “the kettle” black:

“The point is that there is tremendous hypocrisy among the Christian right. And I think that Christian voters should start looking at global warming and extreme poverty as a religious issue that speaks to the culture of life.” ~Al Franken~

   “You’re sooo black!”      “So are you!!!”

 

   For the record:  I disapprove of all violent tactics used by any organization in pursuit of their desired goals, be they the ancient “Sons of Liberty”, or be they the democrat party ‘resistance’ to the Trump admin.  “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander”!

   “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” ~Joseph Campbell~

                                                                                                                                                                

A “White Knight” production

 

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