Independence Day Videos

Every year, I do an Independence Day music video. This year, I decided to do that… and then go on to explore the religious symbolism in The Patriot. This year, as you honor the Founders who gave up so much for our religious freedom, also remember that it’s our duty as believers to continue to fight for that freedom.

Music Video: “People Like Us”  
Digging Deeper: Faith & Gender Roles in The Patriot  Happy Independence Day! It might give you some conversation ideas if, like me, you’ve formed a habit of watching it on Independence Day.

Wherever you live, may God give you freedom from your sins and bestow upon you many blessings!

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  1. You know, I still haven’t seen The Patriot. I need to rectify that. Just from the few scenes in your videos, though, I know I’m going to cry.

    And I really enjoyed the second video. It’s nice to be reminded what our country was founded on.

    1. Oh, you’ll cry — at least four (maybe five?) times, so put a box of tissues on the couch. I’ve seen it at least a dozen times and I still cried twice last night. It’s a good movie — it could stand a little less blood but it’s good in spite of that.

        1. If you see a cannonball hit the ground and bounce up — shut your eyes. It happens twice, and unless you want to see limbs flying… 😛

          Every time I watch it, I’m reminded that I used to play Colonel Tavington in a role-play writing group after the movie was first released. Leave it to me to wind up playing the villain! (And I did it SO WELL, too.) 😉

          1. Thanks for the warning!

            I bet you were an awesome Colonel Tavington. Really, the bad guys get to have all the fun. 😉

          2. You’re welcome.

            I’m kind of used to violence, but it’s a lot different when it’s vampires or supernatural creatures than when it’s actual “human” characters. I was surprised (but in a good way) how much some of the violence in The Patriot bothers me. In a way, it’s a relief to know I’m not too “comfortable” with violence.

            Oh, gosh, he was so much fun to write… so sarcastic, so self-serving, so insecure. I even had a Mary Jane character role-playing with me at one point, so we gave him a haughty Loyalist romantic interest for awhile named Scarlett. I wish I’d kept some of it, it’d be fun to go back and read it, but those days are long gone!

            Around that same time, Yahoo! was doing chats with movie stars, and for promotion on this movie, they invited Mel Gibson and Jason Isaacs to separate chats, where they answered questions from the chat participants and watched us chat with each other. I attended both. Mel, I wasn’t too impressed with — but Isaacs was HILARIOUS. It just goes to show that often the actors who wind up playing the cold-hearted villains are the funniest, most likable ones of the lot.

            Isaacs really does put a lot of thought into his characters — one of the best scenes in The Patriot, where he and Martin face off and he tries to get Martin to act out, so they have a reason to arrest him, was ad-libbed in the second half. Isaacs also, of course, plays Lucius Malfoy — and he’s the reason Lucius looks so cool, and carries around a dog-head walking stick with his wand hidden in it!

            Okay… done gushing now.

  2. Yay–I saw both these videos a couple of days ago actually, and found them quite interesting!

    It’s odd the more I read about American history, even the horrible things like slavery, or Indian land theft–the prouder I feel. Not proud of the bad stuff actually, but that we overcame it. So I’m proud that we conquered evil at home, and I’m proud that we’ve done so abroad as well. That is the true legacy of America, and I hope it always will be. Yes, the culture of the founding fathers, for better and worse was very different from ours, people were tougher, more practical, but often sadly also more racist and sexist. However, it’s not the culture, but those ideals, committed to paper, and signed by the founding fathers, who may as well have signed their own death warrant in the process, and made public in 1776, that we honor today.

    Those ideals further expressed in the Constitution in 1787. Those ideals haven’t dated one bit. Just because we haven’t always lived up to the ideals of 1776 doesn’t mean we should EVER give up on our nation, a nation without them is one I refuse to live in, and we must be willing to protect them at any cost.

    237 years ago, men read and heard the words of the Declaration, a bold defiance to England, and were determined to change them from mere words to reality. Though they knew the cost would be their lives.

    Of course, there are naysayers who claim that things weren’t so bad, (believe it or not I’ve seen this from British historians) that Americans were belligerent and discontented. That the Britain’s later, progressive relationship with Canada, Australia, and other colonies is evidence that a war was never necessary.

    But I would argue that Britain only took a more humane attitude toward their other colonies because our long and bloody war. And that as high as the price was that we had to pay, over 50,000 American lives, it was worth it. We’re still enjoying that freedom today.

    Happy Fourth of July everyone!

    1. I’m glad you haven’t given up… many people have, which is just their way of saying “I’m too lazy to try and fix our society.” They forget that only 30% of Colonialists were in favor of liberation from England — that means 70% were indifferent or against them and still, they won.

      Our liberation from England paved the way for their more cautious approach to dealing with other external colonies. Yup.


      1. What I don’t get is what people intend to do with themselves, having given up on their country??? Immigrate? Sit and watch everything around them rot?

        I try to remind myself that there were other times when people probably felt they had failed, and their country was heading toward the rocks. The problem is that we don’t hear about those times in history. Our culture has long grown accustomed to thinking of our history as a long chain of events of good guys vs bad guys, (what I’ve seen some term “victory culture”) with the good guys= “us”, always achieving swift and easy victory. Of our history as an unwavering march toward progress.

        It looks so simple after all:

        – Colonists flee England, find FREEDOM on American soil
        – Americans unite against Britain, win David vs Goliath style victory
        – Pioneers head westward in wagon trains, fight Indians–and win!
        – North and South duke it out, with a victory that throws off the chains of slavery!
        – Railroads, East and West, North and South united, Indians finally vanquished
        – Involvement of USA in Spanish-American War, WWI, etc; meaning we’ve become important enough to be taken seriously by the rest of the world!
        – Women get the vote in the 1920s, coinciding with overall modernization of the country!
        – WWII–Americans come to the rescue with D-Day, sweeping through Europe and not stopping till they get to the heart of Nazism.
        – Post-war era–Victories like Brown vs Board of Education, or Loving vs Virginia leave Americans feeling they can now honestly say their nation is one with liberty for all.

        But the truth isn’t so simple.
        The colonists who fled England often wanted political or religious freedom, but once established didn’t always feel obligated to grant it to others (hence the anti-Catholic, anti-Quaker etc; laws in some colonies).

        In the 17th century interracial marriage among blacks/natives/whites was permitted, with laws banning the practice so as to prevent “miscegenation” coming only in the late 18th/19th centuries. Before and during the revolution some of the founders made compromises concerning slavery with which they were deeply unhappy.

        The 19th century brought expansion westward, often into land to which they had no honest claim. Additionally the treatment pioneers often inflicted on each other is something that gets left out of most history books. Shopkeepers who sold spoiled flour or meat to families heading westward. Wagon trains who abandoned people on the side of the trail because they took sick, disagreed with them, or felt they couldn’t keep up.

        Some of the arguments made for the abolition of slavery were racist in themselves “without slavery, the darkies will go back south and leave free our Northern cities!”

        The corruption involved in the building of the railroads (who knew Thomas Durant was possibly even more of a jerk than Hell on Wheels portrayed him?), and mistreatment of workers.

        The fact that women in New Jersey were allowed to vote as early as 1790, but this was right was later REVOKED by the 1810s? Or that Eastern women in general had to wait decades longer than their Western sisters to cast a ballot.

        When it comes to the pre-war era, we know the Depression was tough, but we usually don’t hear that hard times made some Americans think communism and fascism looked pretty good, that a lot of educated people thought eugenics sounded pretty reasonable, or the widespread latent anti-Semitism. It took WWII to open our eyes to the consequences of such beliefs.

        Our history is not like a graph that charts skyrocketing sales, always pointing, straight as an arrow, toward further greatness. We’ve made mistakes before, and sunk low, but we’ve also triumphed, learned from our shame, because there were people, Americans who cared enough to keep this country going.

        Of course, there’s the naysayers who seem to have such an excessively negative, critical view of this country that you wonder why they’re still here 😛 But–I don’t think they represent the American spirit either.

        Unfortunately, it’s at most only a few times a year, maybe on President’s Day, Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and July 4th that we even stop to reflect on what America means. (And let’s be honest, those first few are usually associated with sales :P)

        A lot of people debate about what the “true” legacy of America is, and what the founding fathers would really say. Well, we can’t be sure. I can never be completely certain about what Jefferson would say on the current state of religion, or if Tom Paine’d be a socialist or libertarian, or what sarcastic quip Franklin would make about politics today. Though we can hazard a few educated guesses!

        But I do know they, and so many others who helped bring our nation into existence, pondered often on the fate of the nation, both its past and future, and how it could become great. By great, I don’t just mean power, or even prosperity. I mean a greatness of principle, the ones we call “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The upholding of these principles, both for ourselves and others, is where America’s true greatness will always lie. And when we try to do that, I think we can say that we’re carrying on the legacy of the founders.

        OK–sorry for the long rambling, but I’ve had a lot of this on my mind lately, I see people arguing about “taking the country back” or how “America’s glory is over”. Meanwhile others cite recent gay marriage victories as “another example of America’s continued quest for equality!”

        I won’t say Happy Fourth of July, ’cause that’s over, but I will say something that’s good all the year round. God Bless America!!!

        You roleplayed Tavington? Wow–you win extra coolness points for that!

  3. Watched your excellent ‘Patriot’ video review a while back. It was VERY good! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful fourth of July, Charity – hope it’s a wonderful day for you all. 🙂

    America may have disappointed me – or certainly its politicians, but I still believe in the integrity with which it was founded on. Thanks for that reminder.

    1. Thank you! I watch it every 4th of July — it’s something I both look forward to (because it’s such a good movie) and dread (because it’s such an emotional movie).

      Hope yours is wonderful too! I’m going to try not to cry at the parade. 😛

      On this day, we celebrate our founders… not our current government.

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