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"I see a whole army of my countrymen, here, in defiance of tyranny.
You've come to fight as free men ... and free men you are.
What will you do with that freedom? ... Will you fight?
Aye, fight and you may die, run, and you'll live... at least a while.
And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade all the days,
from this day to that, for one chance ... just one chance come back here and tell our enemies
that they may take our lives, but they'll never take our
attributed to William Wallace 1274~1305


Despite years of conservative and family justice and traditional values activism,
I never got around to registering on
Free Republic until immediately after 9/11.
Barriers came down that day too.
People of good conscience were rightly compelled to take sides.
And, though Canadian by birth, I hold no doubt that
the most eloquent testament to the ideal of human freedom and magnificent,
profoundly moral document ever written in our common language is truly ...

Remarkably, beyond their common ideals, William Wallace, America's Founders,
and today's freedom fighers can be quite tangibly linked to one and other:

According to the first U.S. census conducted in 1790, those of Scots descent or born in Scotland
comprised less than 7% of the overall white population and yet this small demographic
accounted for at least 21 of the 56 bold signatories to America's
Declaration of Independence,
her first President, his entire Cabinet, and near half of her Revolutionary War Generals!

Still, one need only read these marvelous words from Scotland's 1320

"It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honors that we are fighting,
but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."

which were drafted by William Wallace's comrades-in-arms and political heirs
but a few short years after his Martyrdom in Freedom's name
and addressed to and accepted by
The Holy Catholic Church
to behold the true genesis of "The Spirit of 76" and the immortal rallying cry
of the first generation Scottish-American patriot
Patrick Henry ...

A noted ancestor of
Thomas Jefferson was Robert the Bruce
: famed for crushing his nation's
would-be enslavers at
Bannockburn in 1314 and later for his association with the Declaration of Arbroath.

"The Bruce" is long told to have been encouraged towards perseverance and eventual victory
by watching a spider build its web within a cave where foreign tyrany once compelled him to hide.

Confirming the debt owed these 14th century Scots patriots and proving the truth of
President George
"Walker" Bush's firm conviction that the flame of liberty can be exported,
the poem "Robert Bruce, the King of Scotland", based on the spider story
and penned more than 100 years ago by Ukraine's
Lesia Ukrainka (Larysa Kvitka-Kosach),
has served as, and continues to be, an inspiration to it's freedom fighters** on into this century! i

( related all-time favorite cartoons! Exhibit 'A', Exhibit 'B' )

Ukrainian Catholic - "St. John Chrysostom"

Anglican Use - "Divine Worship"

* Source: "The Mark of the Scots" - Duncan A. Bruce, Citadel Press, 1996, 1998

Bonus interview with its author Duncan A. Bruce: Scots-American Scholar and Patriot

** In tribute to my late father-in-law and all other WWII-era Ukrainian patriots,

and to further refute vile slanders spread by freedom's enemies against these noble men, please see ...
The Truth: Still More Facts: and finally, Redeemed by a Free People:

Plus, if hates these Champions of Liberty, they're most surely in excellent company

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