I think I've mentioned the scenario before. Let's face it, I may repeat myself given my winding journey. But I just had a trigger moment. And yes that was a sarcastic swipe at those oh so trendy terms batted around these days. So exit your safe space and hang out with my recollection.
Heard somebody mention The Patriot recently. Great flick that captured the spirit of the War of Independence. As for history, as always, I advise study, digging and especially searching for accuracy in these days of concerted attempts by collectivists to rewrite history in their matrix.
Specifically, there was a reference to the recruitment done at the church to increase the ranks of the militia. It was a profound moment and the speech by the young woman was especially touching. It was a pastiche of events of course. That particular moment illustrated women were very much involved with Freedom.
The churchgoers seemed pretty straight laced, almost to the point of caricature. I'm not knocking them, just observing. They rose to the call, as did the pastor, who was based on Lutheran pastor Muhlenberg.
Not mentioned was the following scene where Martin and the French officer recruit at a tavern. Very earthy folks there. Some are mercenary, but most are willing to fight. Several of these men were former militia during the French and Indian War who had served with Martin. Rough guys for a rough job.
A similar almost caricature is evident with this scene.
What happens at least is that in spite of pious intent or rowdy rebellion, these two groups learned to fight together for Liberty.
That's the point. We are many different types of people. We have internal and external reasons for serving the Republic. We each have something to bring to the fight.
Don't judge a book by its cover. Devout isn't always proper. It's the intention.
The son tells Martin that 'these are not the kind of men we need'. Martin responds that yes they are. He goes on to tell about some of the horrors of war. It is hell, but it is necessary to be free.
We are all in this world together. What we do will tell who we are.
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