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On This Patriot's Day

I've made it a practice of posting some sort of commentary every year on this 19th day of April. It is the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, where "the shot heard 'round the world" marked the start of the American Revolution.

The colonials' primary grievance with the British government had little to do with the amounts they were being taxed and everything to do with the lack of Parliamentary representation they were allowed. Today, when various self-proclaimed "patriots" and "tea-partiers" whine about how the Obama Administration is "destroying the fabric of the nation", I'm reminded of this image from the aftermath of the 2000 Presidential campaign: