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"I am too old to run"

Hey guys, I started a new little fun blog/slideshow at Postcards from the Revolution.

Boston, where I live, was a pivotal place in America's first revolution, and everywhere are markers of that historic period. I have a feeling my days here in the Northeast are numbered, and so I wanted to document what have been my stomping grounds for the past 7 years, as much for myself as anything. All of the pictures on the blog are within a short walk or drive from my home. As such, I see them daily, and they have become as much a part of me as anything. When I see these monuments and reminders, I am touched with a profound feeling of what has happened here long before me, and made my way of life possible.

Without further ado, here is a picture I snapped yesterday, and short post I wrote about it this morning:

"I am too old to run"

What happens when you're too old to run? You stand your ground and keep shooting.

The memorial pictured below at 181 Washington Street in Somerville MA, just down the hill from America's First Flag, serves as a reminder of the great courage that built this country:

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It reads:

ON THIS HILLSIDE
JAMES MILLER, MINUTE MAN
AGED 65
WAS SLAIN BY THE BRITISH
APRIL 19, 1775
. . .
"I AM TOO OLD TO RUN"

This Brief History of Somerville recounts:

...A little beyond, on the side of a hill, James Miller and another Minute Man were firing on the British from behind a stone wall when they were suddenly cut off and fired upon by a flanking party of the enemy. Miller, when urged to escape, made the heroic reply, "I am too old to run," and continued firing at the approaching foe until he fell, pierced by thirteen bullets."

Ironically (or perhaps not), on that hillside today stands a funeral home. Here is the memorial in today's context, January 5, 2013.

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Easily the best post I've

Easily the best post I've seen on this blog.

A Senior Moment

There was a bit of confusion at the Sporting goods store this morning.

When I was ready to pay for my purchases of gun powder and bullets the cashier said, "Strip down, facing me."

Making a mental note to complain to the NRA about the gun registry people running amok, I did just as she had instructed.

When the hysterical shrieking and alarms finally subsided, I found out that she was referring to my credit card.

I have been asked to shop elsewhere in the future.

They need to make their instructions to us seniors a little clearer!

On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.

I would love to see those places,

It really saddens me to think it's all getting wasted. All the suffering, sacrifice and treasure now not even given a second thought as we let it all slip away. I have a grandfather who was in the war for independence and I'm pretty sure he would find me a disappointment, so sorry Grandpa..
All these military actions today mean nothing to us worth while, I am so glad the Marine recruiter turned me down when I was 17. I shudder to think how I would feel today had I killed for the corporations and bankers and then woke up to the realities of truth. Life is very strange and only hindsight makes any sense out of it. Thank you all brothers and sisters for all you do and thanks Mike for all you have done for us .

"Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free men."

Dwight D. Eisenhower

ecorob's picture

too old to run...

and too stubborn to hide

i'll make my stand in the great State of Tennessee with LIBERTY by my side...

good luck, fellow patriots...i am proud to have stood beside you all

now, bring it on!

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

RUN OR NOT RUN......

Mr. Miller was defending the Constitution. It is not difficult to shead a tear...

James

SteveMT's picture

The average lifespan in 1775 was 53.3 years.

Being 65 in 1775 was the equivalent of being over 100 years old these days. That makes the action taken by James Miller even more significant.

William Fogel, a Nobel prizewinner, has found that the life expectancy in 1775 America was 53.5 as against 36.5 for Britain.
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091007174420AA...
http://www.knight-gkla.supanet.com/late-18th-century.htm

What's that in dog years?

There were lots of very old people then, like Ben Franklin. The reason the mean age at death was so low was infant and child mortality. Vaccination was just getting started. (Thos. Jefferson was a big proponent.) There was no penicillin or even sulfa drugs. Kids died. Couples had more children than today.

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"Fully half the quotations found on the internet are either mis-attributed, or outright fabrications." - Abraham Lincoln

You Are Not Too Old To Run

Keep living to fight another day for freedom. Get the heck out of the city! You are a leader. You created DP and it is a BIG DEAL. People like you bring us together and give us a way to be informed and share thoughts. Thanks Michael. Get out of the city! Besides, it kind of freaks me out to see graves with sidewalks built over them. What's with that?

skippy

I've never been to Boston, but I find it so sad they have let

these important pieces of our history become only an ugly little marker. They could at least turn these spots into small little parks with a few benches so people could sit and reflect and think about it a little longer.

*Your places to move to* Malta is a nice place. I have a cousin who married a girl from there. They live in Naxxar. I visited there about 6 years ago and didn't want to leave!

Michael - A couple of questions...

1. Where do you think you might go? We sure could use some good liberty types here in Washington state. I think you said you used to live here.

2. If you do move, will the DailyPaul continue?

I sure hope so.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

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Pawnstorm

We're not sure where (or if) we're going. It is just a feeling that we won't be here forever. Maybe I just felt like I should stop taking all of this history around me for granted.

I used to live in Seattle. I love it there, but it has gotten expensive, and crowded. And there is all that stuff about how you can't go home again. Boston is so expensive. I'd like to go somewhere where the cost of living isn't so high. I daydream about places like this:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/10-best-international-retir...

I'll keep the Daily Paul going as long as people keep coming! Things have gotten tight here recently, after the election and the holidays. Traffic and revenue is way down. But I'll find a way!

Thank you Pawnstorm. Have you found a new revenue stream? I hope so.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

Thanks for asking Michael. I've been doing odd jobs but will...

...be putting more effort to my music project titled "EverAfter" (you can check it out a www.everafterwebsite.com).

I've recorded 3 CDs to date, but largely put it on the back burner the last few years because I was working so much.

So far I have not applied for unemployment because I feel slightly hypocritic about it, but I've been talking to so many people who are literally abusing the system with stuff like:

1. Declaring bankruptcy and not paying any of their obligations, yet keeping all the goods they bought on credit,

2. Going on Social Security disability when it was very questionable (things like declaring mental problems),

3. Getting their entire educations paid for with federal grants (not loans, grants),

4. Getting thousands of federal dollars in Earned Income Tax Credits because they have kids (out of wedlock - the dad is long gone) and they didn't earn enough to even PAY any taxes,

5. Going to the grocery stores and seeing tons of people using food stamps (these days the government gives them a card that looks like a credit card to try to fool people from noticing that they are on food stamps),

6. I know of a 23 year-old women (pregnant with her 2nd child from a different man), on Medicaid (and now having complications) where she will be in a major hospital in Seattle for 3 months until she gives birth. What do you figure THAT will cost the government???

7. The United States gives away 55 BILLION dollars yearly in foreign aid while we are broke and getting broker,

These things have pissed me off to the point that I am going to apply for unemployment and not feel guilty about it.

I feel we did all we could to get the correct and moral man in office but we failed miserably - most notably his very own PARTY fought us every step of the way.

So like it or not "we're all socialists now."

As Ron Paul wrote in "The Revolution," "Everyone plunders everyone."

One more big thing: I lost my job because of federal bankruptcy laws. I worked for American Airlines who chose NOT to go bankrupt 9 years ago while every other major carrier did.

They were allowed to continue operating (minus their debts and obligations) and set prices in the same markest we flew in).

Then to add fuel to the fire they all started merging (which the DOJ NEVER should have allowed).

United merged with Continental. Delta with Northwest, U.S. Air with America West.

Every one of these airlines had declared bankruptcy while WE didn't.

In the end we simply could NOT compete with these new behmouths now lean and mean after screwing their creditors, vendors, shareholders and throwing their pensions onto the American taxpayer.

American tried valiantly for nearly 10 years to stay afloat, but in the end we were forced into bankruptcy last November and thousands of us lost our jobs to outsourcing.

So YES, I fully blame the federal government for 1) Allowing bankrupt carriers to continue to operate after stiffing their creditors and 2) Allowing them to merge into mega-carries who those of us not bankrupt could not compete with.

THAT is not a free market.

I, along with thousands of my collegues, became the victims of federal government interference in the private marketplace.

Sorry for the long rant - Thanks for caring.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

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Pawnstorm

No one will hold it against you if you take unemployment benefits. I certainly won't. This is an insurance program - you paid into it in order that you might be able to use it one day.

I know a lot of people abuse it. That is not the case with you.

Very sorry to hear about AA. I flew with them a couple of times.

But do what you need to do for yourself - take the unemployment. Even Ron Paul takes his Social Security checks.

Good luck friend.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

Greetings from Transylvania

That may be touristic propaganda on market-watch. You'd like T-land!

View '1moment' inspirational video series on youtube-relate4ever or:

http://relate4ever.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/independence-of-...

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Greetings from Transylvania

Original natural resources for healthy offgrid living. Fresh food!

Hospitality is great. Not so professional services as in city.

Also very cheap speed internet... for dailypaul or other site admin.

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Thank you Pauraru

You live in a very beautiful place, I can see that from your videos. I have never been there, but one day I would like to visit.

And while I'm tempted, I will refrain from making any bad vampire jokes.

Thank you friend.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

Out of those 10 Ecuador is

Out of those 10 Ecuador is definitely number 1. Lived there from 2001- 2003 after the US police state was finally publicly declared with the Patriot Act.

Loved it and dream about heading back everyday. Good friends, great weather, amazing nature and history. Got a job teaching computer science at an American School making about 800 USD a month, more than enough to live comfortable there. I lived and worked in Guayaquil and headed to the beaches every weekend 1-2 hours. Would also head to mountains to get the fresh spring air every once in awhile.

Be sure to let us know when they remove the musket

from the hands of the statue of the minuteman at Lexington (A small oversight that should be corrected any day now)......

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d7/Minute_Ma...

Leges sine moribus vanae

Michael Nystrom's picture

Ha ha

Yes, will do. Of course I laugh, but that would be a sad day. Certainly not out of the question. But not any time soon (I hope).

That statue stands across from the Lexington Public Library - one of my favorites in the area.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

A little cruise on Google turned this up....

The minuteman mascot at Jefferson Middle School in Fort Wayne, Ind., has had a makeover, writes columnist Kevin Leininger of the News-Sentinel. Gone is his musket, because the principal says guns have no place in schools.

The image still stands on a wall just inside the main door of the school, but was repainted recently to exclude the firearm.

Principal Michael Morris, who took over at the school in July, said: "The mural needed to be repainted anyway, and this sends a stronger, better message about patriotism. Everyone loves it."

Not everyone. "Those who would purge violence from American history do more than dishonor the sacrifices made to write that history: It gives children the inaccurate and dangerous notion that our freedoms were won and can be maintained without a struggle," writes Leininger.

Leges sine moribus vanae

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I'm speechless

What can I say? I really am.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

I shared this on my Facebook.

I shared this on my Facebook. Hope that's ok.

He may have been to old to run, but not too old to fight for....

......freedom. God bless his soul and all the rest of our forebear's that understood the necessity of self-sacrifice to resist tyranny and gain liberty!

Thanks for sharing his story, you made my day!

Growing up in boston

as a child I often felt as if the Revolution was a part of my identity. I remember during a field trip on the freedom trail when I was about 6 feeling envious of George Washignton and others for having something great to fight for in their lives. Anyone else who attended grade school in the 90's will remember a rather rosey version of the future being pitched to us. At the time my teachers ensured my the wars were over, the great victories already won, and the world would be a peaceful place. This picture reminded me of that child walking the freedom trail, feeling that envy, and knowing that I didn't have to fight that fight because great men fought it for me. That retrospective causes me to feel both sad and empowered, as even as a child I knew what was worht fighting for, and while I am honored to follow in these men's footsteps in the battle for liberty and equailty for all men, I am also at a loss. I very much want that child to be right, but I know he is not. Thanks Michael for reminding me of what it felt like to grow up on such hallowed ground, and giving me the desire to have my children grow up in a world where they can look back at us knowing that the fight for freedom was truly won.

"The radical of one century is the conservative of the next. The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them." - Mark Twain

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Thank you for sharing that story

I can imagine that child as well. I'll be visiting the Freedom Trail with my camera.

The new Tea Party museum just opened last fall. The last one burned down before I got here - struck by lightning if I'm not mistaken (!).

I'm glad these pictures have resonance, and I'm so happy to hear stories like yours. And I love your signature quote.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

If the shoe fits...

Yeah... guess "stand my ground" is the age appropriate activity...

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:
http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2013/05/12/18212165-dr-stan-...

Thanks for posting the

Thanks for posting the picture, it is refreshing to see evidence of true patriots fighting and dying for our freedom. Unfortunately since the Revolutionary war we have had thousands of patriotic men and women fighting and dying for the greedy corporations in the name of freedom and patriotism. IMO, as a nation, we have become what our founding fathers fought against.

Interesting thread. Thanks! I

Interesting thread. Thanks! I love history and by following a link in your Postcards blog I was able to find the burial locations for two of my Patriot ancestors, William Whipple and John Hancock.

Boston used to be my stomping ground, in my younger days. Its been ages since I've been there. So nice to see some of the old sites again. :)

Blessings )o(

SteveMT's picture

Please, keep your name off of any of these stones.

Your remaining days in Boston should not be changed by anyone other than yourself. You are kind of a Founding Father, Michael. You are the Founding Father of the Daily Paul. As such you have set yourself up to be a potential target. Although this sounds funny, I am only partially joking around. Being vigilant and protecting yourself is important. What are the gun laws in Boston, anyway? Reading this memorial to James Miller should give everyone pause to think about what these Patriots did and what we are prepared to do and not do for this country.

What are the gun laws in Boston, anyway?

Put it this way; even possessing a bullet/shell casing is a criminal offense in MA.

MA has *extremely* strict gun laws, almost as bad as New York.

A signature used to be here!

SteveMT's picture

Thanks. Strange that this strictness doesn't decrease gun crime.

US gun crime map: interactive - 17 December 2012
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2011/sep...

In Massachusetts in 2011 there were 183 homicides, 67% involved guns

Massachusetts - US-----average
Murders 2011 2.02 2.75 (Notice murder rate went up.)
Murders 2010 1.78 2.84
Robberies 27.84 39.25
Aggra. assault 33.19 43.77

Compare this to Montana where guns are all over the place.

In Montana in 2011 there were 18 homicides, 39% involved guns

Montana ---------US----average
Murders 2011 0.76 2.75 (Murders going down here.)
Murders 2010 1.22 2.84
Robberies 3.78 39.25
Aggra. assault 29.03 43.77

I'm Too Old .....To Play Games With DC......Mich~ael

If they want to take my gun away, or my rights, or my life...I will wait patiently for them to make their move...

You see, I don't care about dying for a great cause...FOR LIBERTY!

Every so many years there needs to be a cleansing or purging of tyrants..

We are long overdue for a PURGING...

So when THEY are ready to move on us, I will be waiting for them.

What the hell...We are all going to die someday anyway...Right?

We may as well die like brave men and women...There are no vacancies in heaven for the coward..

On earth it is standing room only...

You and I are not too old to fight for what is right, as long as you have one more breath in you..

"One day we shall have liberty...In America!"

Thanks for posting...My friend..

"E"

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You and me both my Brother.

Dying is the easy part. The CLEANSING will show the metal! What you and I do will inspire GENERATIONS to save this country!

On earth the standing room will get short and narrow. The PATRIOT will get the greater path and glory!

Semper Fi my friend!

Jim

1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

I notice that Miller, though

I notice that Miller, though he gave his life, also understood and was applying this principle (phrasing attributed to Patton):

"Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. You won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."

= = = =
"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

I Doubt It

I lost any reverence I had for the likes of Patton when I learned he led armed troops with fixed bayonets against unarmed American civilians in Washington D.C. in 1932. Most of them were WW I veterans and their families who camped out near the capital building in peaceful protest and to petition the U.S. President for payment of promised bonuses they earned for their wartime military service.
Known as the "Bonus Army", they were forcibly evicted by U.S. soldiers under the command of Douglas MacArthur and George S. Patton. Two civilians were shot to death while their camps and possessions were destroyed by the troops.

I'm sure many of us are going through the same things in our

minds. Despite what some may think, I see nothing romantic about any of this, if anything it saddens me, even as I have become resolute to see it through... Whatever the cost to myself.

Patriot Cell #345,168
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=qo8CmO...
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution, inevitable.

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I agree - Hey big E

I hear where you're coming from, but don't do anything rash. I don't want the first time I see you to be in a mugshot!

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

Mug Shot?

lol....

Ok, Michael, I won't fire until I see the whites of their eyes..

Just kidding..

lol..

Don't worry, I think things through

fairly carefully, but thanks for your concern, even if, I'm not "Big E". :)

Patriot Cell #345,168
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=qo8CmO...
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution, inevitable.

My first reaction was to laugh

until the weight of his words and actions settled in.

Patriot Cell #345,168
I don't respond to emails or pm's.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=qo8CmO...
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution, inevitable.

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I know what you mean

I failed to mention, that is right on Washington Street. Named after none other than George Washington. He was around here a lot - in Cambridge, Somerville, Charlestown and Dorchester.

I often wonder what he would think, if he were transported 240 years into the future, and were riding around the neighborhood on his horse. He would be shocked and amazed. Were he to return, he may as well be on another planet with all the changes that have taken place.

All the streets are cement. That wasn't invented until 1824 - a quarter century after President Washington died. Cars? Steel structured buildings? Those didn't arrive until the 20th century...

Lots of things have changed, on the outside. But the fundamental issues of the struggle remain.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

If Washington Were Transported Down....

...and saw what was going on, he would say, "No real American left.. Quick, beam me up!"

I've thought of that too.

I like to believe it would be a mix of, pure amazement, shock then extreme disgust and finally followed by rage.

Patriot Cell #345,168
I don't respond to emails or pm's.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=qo8CmO...
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution, inevitable.

Actually

Automobiles, both electric and gasoline powered, were invented in the 19th century.

Sorry for being "that guy". ^_~

A signature used to be here!

What Is The USA Currently Fighting For ???

Thanks for the photo.
This marker clearly shows that the minute men {militia of the day} were fighting to protect their own land, property, and families, from a foreign invader. {England}

Has anybody in current government "Service" read this, from the supreme law of the land, which they took an oath to enforce ?

Article I U.S. Constitution, last paragraph:

No state shall....enter into any agreement or compact....with a foreign power, or engage in War unless actually invaded...etc. etc.

Ron Paul IS my President ! !

beesting

I think you may be

I think you may be misinterpreting that section, or at least thinking wishfully.

It's about the states delegating their international treaty- and war-making power to the fed, reserving only self-defense against invasion. It does not in any way limit the fed's power to make war, let alone limiting it to making war only in retaliation for actual invasion (regardless of whether we think that would be a very good idea. B-) )

IMHO it DOES give the border states an extra legal leg (beyond the 10th amendment) when it comes to defending the borders when the fed does nothing or attempts to interfere.

= = = =
"Obama’s Economists: ‘Stimulus’ Has Cost $278,000 per Job."

That means: For each job "created or saved" about five were destroyed.

I Disagree With Your Interpretation,Brother !

The Constitution was written when the militia "WAS" most of the military might of the USA.{No telephones and slow communications in the 1700-1800 era} Please read Article II section 2 where it gives the President command of the militia, only when Congress declares, war is appropriate because of an invasion.

beesting

Jefferson's picture

Can

you share why you feel your "days are numbered?" Are you moving, or expecting another invasion?

Seeing this reminds me of that HBO special about John Adams and the conditions those people endured during that period of time. We really have no idea how good we have it today, regardless of the continuing encroachment on our liberties. At least we don't have redcoats burning down our houses and smallpox to deal with.

My tombstone might say "Too fat to run." ;)

BTW, took your recommendation and watched "Fat sick, and nearly dead" the other night. Going to try and lose that extra 25...OK ...35 pounds in 2013.
Thanks for sharing part of your hood with us Michael.

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Hi Jefferson

Been thinking about you. Glad you watched the movie. It is an inspiration. I'm working on losing about 25 lbs also (probably more like 30). I think I'll write more about that as well... Maybe those of us on that path can work to inspire & encourage one another.

Yeah, no redcoats, no smallpox, and no dead slaves hanging on chains.

As for leaving Boston ... I feel tectonic plates shifting. Just a feeling. We moved here so my wife could finish graduate school, but it isn't quite home. Again, just a feeling that the winds of change are blowing...

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.