The BBC’s Ethical Man attends a FreedomWorks meeting:
In the US state of Virginia the talk is of revolution. In the basement of a restaurant in Richmond we met 100 or so American patriots -ordinary people who claim to be the vanguard of a great new movement, a movement for American liberty.
“Lower taxes, less government, more freedom”, is their rallying cry…
Their call to arms focuses on two issues: healthcare reform and – you guessed it – President Barack Obama’s plan for a cap and trade system to regulate greenhouse gas emissions…
Most of the people I spoke at the Richmond meeting did not believe climate change is something they need worry about…
Bastards! They’re no better than the murderous defenders of slavery:
As the meeting broke up one man took me aside to say he was not persuaded by the arguments he had heard.
“You are in a state that fought for the freedom to keep people in slavery,” Phil told me.
Indeed, Patrick Henry, who demanded liberty or death as he helped launch the revolt against British tyranny, subsequently worked to defend the slave trade as an attorney.
Phil told me the story of Gabriel, a slave who, 24 years after the Declaration of Independence, attempted to lead a rebellion against the slave owners here in Richmond Virginia…
Gabriel was hanged just a couple of blocks away from the cellar where the FreedomWorks meeting was held.
“Freedom means different things to different people,” Phil said as he left the meeting.
They even held their meeting “just a couple of blocks away” from where a slave was hanged! The comparisons are spooky, aren’t they?
Coming soon – Ethical Man visits the Holocaust Museum in Washington and writes some nonsense about “deniers”.