Yonder are the Hessians. They were bought for seven pounds and tenpence a man. Are you worth more? Prove it. Tonight the American flag floats from yonder hill or Molly Stark sleeps a widow!
General John Stark prior to the battle of Bennington, August 16, 1777
The above photo epitomized the American spirit in the wake of the 9-11 attacks. Who could object to it?
Michael Shulan, the museum’s creative director, was among staffers who considered the Tom Franklin photograph too kitschy and “rah-rah America,” according to “Battle for Ground Zero” (St. Martin’s Press) by Elizabeth Greenspan, out next month.
One of the main problems in the country today is that too many people in positions of authority really do not have an ounce of patriotism and simply do not like America. Cold indifference to the country at best, a strong distaste for her not infrequently, and occasionally a bitter hatred is the order of the day among too many who are regarded as elites.
Benjamin Franklin after the Constitutional Constitution in 1787 was asked by a lady what form of government the new nation was to have: monarchy or republic. “A Republic Madam”, Franklin responded, “if you can keep it.” Our current want of patriotism is an alarming manifestation of a lack of will to keep what the Founding Fathers fought to give us: a free nation.