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about 80 men, mostly farmers, made up the militia that formed up on the Lexington Common. They were facing around 500 regular British troops all spit and polished, bayonets glinting in the early morning sun.
The words of Captain John Parker, commander of the American militia never fail to choke me up:
“Stand your ground; don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”
Well, Ed, we are talking about rights here, not needs. No-one “needs” a copy of the New York Times. No-one “needs” a copy of 1984. No-one “needs” a copy of the Koran. But the First Amendment protects the right to keep and read them. Or, Ed, are you planning, after you take away our 33 round magazines, to take away our Bibles and our copies of Algernon Sidney?
In comments posted elsewhere but even more appropriate here …
FYI, I noticed on Facebook, a place you’d never tread, that today is Radley’s birthday.
Radley’s birthday, hey? I didn’t know. Well, he’s definitely in good company.
It’s also Happy Birthday time for someone we hereabouts know and … well, not exactly love because how do you love a grubby old one-legged highly attitudinal desert rat? But he did pick an appropriate day to be born.