by Billy Roper

April 19th is the anniversary of the shot heard around the world, the Battle of Lexington, Massachusetts, in 1775. It happened when law enforcement tried to confiscate military grade weaponry from private citizens, and not only began the American Revolution, but was the reason for the addition of the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well.

Since then, this date has been linked to the holocaust of the Branch Davidian compound and its occupants in Waco, Texas, and the retaliatory bombing of the Federal government building in Oklahoma City. The day after it, of course, is the birthday of a man who still inspires millions of his people.

What began two hundred and forty-three years ago echoes throughout history, down to today. Once again true patriots face a distant, hostile government which seeks to disarm us, but even worse, enact genocide against us. The abuses and offenses which we endure make the twenty-seven complaints listed in the Declaration of Independence pale in comparison. More and more of the founding people of this nation now see the government as their enemy, to be feared and avoided rather than respected and loved.

As the United States becomes more and more polarized, a growing number on both ends of the political spectrum just want to be free of it, and of one another. In 1775 and 1861, we faced similar situations. Our people’s future must be thought of, and secured separately from, the government, because our race is our nation.

Happy Patriots Day!