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Patrick Henry and Kellar similarities

Posted: February 16, 2010 8:22 p.m.
Updated: February 17, 2010 4:55 a.m.
After Patrick Henry finished enumerating the failures of the government, he was called a traitor for his statements.  

His response was, “If this be treason, make the most of it.” His intent was obvious. He was not conceding that he was a traitor. He was simply making the point that he was standing by his beliefs and statements and others may label them as they choose.  

Bob Kellar was employing the same oratorical technique. I haven’t talked to anyone face-to-face, on either side of the illegal immigration issue who actually believes Kellar was really saying he is a racist.  

So what is all of this about? It is about those who disagree with his views on illegal immigration trying to make political hay over the incident.  

To have politicians actually take a stand is not something these groups can afford. The latest article I have read reports an immigration rights group from Los Angeles is now indicating it is going to take some type of legal action to pressure the City Council to censure Kellar.

I think by doing so, they are trying to intimidate other politicians into distancing themselves from him. I think that they are especially incensed that he is not apologizing.   

I have a suggestion for Kellar. Apologize to anyone who was so oblivious to your facetious use of the racist label and to whom you consequently appeared to be championing racism.   

But Patrick Henry didn’t apologize for his convictions, no matter how he was characterized, and neither should you.


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