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I don't typically get on board with the Tea Party or Hoover institute
thinkers but I agree with this sentiment quoted below. I think the hard
push back by cyclists to Rep. Greenlicks child bike trailer/seat ban
and our city's 2005 rejection of putting Portland Police in the FBI
Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) are good examples from Portland aka
"The lesson of history is stark and simple.
People who are easy to govern lose their freedom. People who are
difficult to govern retain theirs. What makes the difference is not an
ideology, but an attitude. Those people who embody the “Don’t tread on
me!” attitude have kept their liberties simply because they are prepared
to stand up against those who threaten to tread on them. To the
pragmatist, it makes little difference what ideas free people use to
justify and rationalize their rebellious attitude. The most important
thing is simply to preserve this attitude among a sufficiently large
number of people to make it a genuine deterrent against the power
hungry. If the Tea Party can succeed in this all-important mission, then
the pragmatist can forgive the movement for a host of silly ideas and
absurd policy suggestions, because he knows what is really at stake.
Once the “Don’t tread on me!” attitude has vanished from a people, it
never returns. It is lost and gone forever — along with the liberty and
freedom for which, ultimately, it is the only effective defense." from http://www.hoover.org/publications/policy-review/article/5387
it comes to cycling it's time for us to take the patriotic high ground.
What shows American independence, the don't tread on me attitude, and
self reliance more than getting out on the road and riding your bike?
Certainly not driving a motor carriage. So wave those flags, my bike
riding and feet walking friends, you are the real patriots. If you are a
liberal then you can even ask nicely first -"Please Don't Tread on Me."