Boston Massacre and American Democracy: An Open Letter to the 4/15 Terrorists

Published On April 18, 2013 | By Marc Belisle |

Carlos Arredondo

By Marc Belisle

Hello,

I don’t know who you are. But I’m not afraid of you. I already know you have lost.

America began as a resistance to coercion by violence. The American colonists demanded “No taxation without representation!” The British Parliament tried to cram increasingly repressive taxes down the colonists’ throats. Boston particularly refused to comply, and the British Empire deployed soldiers to occupy Boston. On March 5th, 1770, British Redcoats fired on a crowd of jeering Bostonians. Five died and 6 were wounded. Six years later, the United States of America had declared its independence.

By seeking to maximize both civilian casualties and the number of cameras present yesterday in Boston, you have made it clear that you are pursuing some agenda. We don’t know what it is, but we know you want to affect some change in American society.

Yet, you have not taken credit for the attack. This belies your cowardice. Somewhere you are watching the aftermath silently. You are hiding, ironically, from the society you wish to coerce.  You have made the same mistake the British Empire made. Parliament was removed from America by an ocean, and sought to lord over it and coerce it with violence. You hide from America and seek to influence it through violence.

The British Empire fought the new American nation to contend that it had the right to tax the colonists without representation. The colonists only wanted a voice.

In that war, America gained its voice, and ever since, America has been a conversation. Nothing is more uniquely American than open, freewheeling debate. At times in our history, we have been at each other’s throats, and have had to agree to vehemently disagree. But America is a process of dialogue and democracy. It is through this process that society changes and evolves. I may profoundly disagree with conservatives, but compared to you, they are my ideological brothers and sisters. We agree that the font of American freedom is the ability to voice our opinions, disagree, and peacefully resolve our differences through law, government and social movement. We agree on society. We agree on civilization.

By attacking us and retreating to the shadows, you have made one thing very clear. You seek to change society, not through conversation, but through force. You do not agree with us on the fundamental premise of American democracy. You disagree with society. You disagree with civilization. The first, last and only thing we need to know about you is that you are anti-social in every sense of the word.

In that knowledge, I can rest assured that you have already lost. You know that whatever change you seek to affect cannot be achieved through democratic means. So, you try to force it on us through violence. I know that the American people will reject you and your agenda as vigorously as you reject society. And I know the American people will have the last word, because that has been the purpose of our democracy for the last 237 years.

In response to your massacre in Boston on Monday, I hereby declare my independence from your terror. As an American, I am and always shall be, free from your attempts to control me and my society through violence.

Sincerely,

Marc Belisle | Staff Writer | The Everlasting GOP Stoppers

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Marc Belisle

Senior Writer at Reverb Press.
Marc Belisle is a writer, activist and teacher. He is a regular contributor to The Everlasting GOP Stoppers. He has an Master's degree in International Conflict Analysis from the Brussels School of International Studies.

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