Thursday, July 05, 2007

A Modern Patriot

Yesterday, we Americans celebrated the day when a small group of men made a dangerous decision. They chose to stand against possibly the leading Imperial Power of their day; they had support from foreign countries and were able to win the "Hearts and Minds" of their populace. The result is the country we have today.

Now today a new group of patriots stand against a new empire, but that is beside the point for now.

I'm more impressed at what will be happening on July 18th, when Nelson Mandela celebrates his 89th Birthday. Here is a man who is a patriot in every sense of the word; he lead his own people against a racist regime and paid the price by spending 25+ years in prison. His jail time made him a symbol of dissent and became a rallying point for governments and activists around the world. When he was released I remember telling my kid sister "We're watching history".

So what better way to celebrate this great man's life than to send him a card--YouTube style: