Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Resisting tyranny can take many forms

I stumbled across a film on Netflix the other night. It was a documentary detailing how the tiny nation of Estonia freed itself after decades of rule by the Soviet Union.

The film is called The Singing Revolution:

The film tells the story of a national culture and music festivals playing part in the Estonia's restoration. First with quiet undertones and later as all-out, but peaceful rebellion, against Soviet rule.

Perhaps there are lessons we can apply here at home as self-proclaimed progressives in our government attempt to take our own homeland away from its traditions rooted in individual liberty, and attempt to replace it with a culture rooted in collectivism and central control.

The view provided in The Singing Revolution certainly shows the value of a people with a grassroots sense of unity.

It made me long for the large, and somewhat spontaneous, Tea Party gatherings of a couple years ago. And, in my mind, the film reveals why progressives are so fond of championing multiculturalism as an alternative to an American national identity. A people who see themselves united by common threads is much stronger than a population that's divided into groups and encouraged to complete against other segments.

Resisting tyranny at home can take many forms. Let's not overlook sometimes the most simple and natural means can also be the most effective. Speaking up for our national tradition of protecting individual freedom and liberty, and linking with like-minded people, are among of them.

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