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Bill Whittle, Spokesman for Liberty

December 15th, 2009

From time to time someone gives frustration a voice. If you’re as frustrated and depressed about where the country seems to be heading currently, please take time to view this:
Bill Whittle “The Kudzu Curse” On Pajamas TV. You may have to register, but it’s well worth the extra effort.

Mr. Whittle, for those of you who don’t know him is a blogger, screen writer, director, speech maker, pilot and campaigner for freedom. He’s a young fellow fired with obvious enthusiasm and spunk. I haven’t found any evidence of a PhD or elected office. He’s just a supercharged polemicist. In short, I admire the man and am impressed by what he has to say and how he says it.

In many respects, Bill Whittle’s passionate defense of liberty reminds me of Thomas Paine, the revolutionary polemicist who published a booklet called “Common Sense.” This was widely distributed and very influential in convincing Americans to break with Britain.

From The History Guide we learn:

Paine was convinced that the American Revolution was a crusade for a superior political system and that America was ultimately unconquerable. He did as much as any writer could to encourage resistance and to inspire faith in the Continental Army. I essays published in the Pennsylvania Journal under the heading “Crisis,” Paine attacked the faint-hearted, campaigned for a more efficient federal and state tax system to meet the costs of war, and encouraged the belief that Britain would eventually recognize American independence.

Note the positive attitude, the confidence in Americans’ ability to overcome the British and stand on their own two feet. This positive attitude and confidence are also reflected in Whittle’s speeches and writing.

With age I’ve become convinced that some of the most profound wisdom and best guidance is supplied by people from ordinary backgrounds who have extraordinary powers of observation and perception of reality, plus the ability to communicate. It has also become apparent to me that we often give too much credence to the credentialed, the famous, and the wealthy among us. In fact, the amount of balderdash emitted by experts, Nobelists, PhD’s, Celebrities and holders of high political office is mind boggling, and if taken seriously and blindly made the basis of government policy can be absolutely dangerous. In revolutionary times these people would have been the British generals, grandees, tax collectors, governors, and of course George III, himself. And we wouldn’t have had a revolution. We wouldn’t be America.

So here’s a toast to you, Bill Whittle. Keep it up. You’re in good company.

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