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  •  When my soon-to-be-wife and I (1+ / 0-)
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    were living in Mt. Pleasant, we participated in an anti-war march downtown in Charleston prior to the invasion of Iraq and lingered around Marion Square for a little while before and after, listening to the hippies and Vietnam vets speak out against what has proven to be nothing less than an abject failure.

    It was remarkable to be a part of that march, small and ineffectual as it was, to note the anger it set off among those driving by in their luxury automobiles, enroute, no doubt, to some priceless boutique in the heart of King Street.

    It's a lonely existence, the life of a progressive activist (even a terrible, fair-weather one) in South Carolina. That 40 showed up where a handful came six months ago tells me the population here is stirring to life. Friends are starting to ask me questions about the upcoming elections.

    South Carolinians are proud, right or wrong, about their revolutionary heritage, about being the ones to light the match and open fire on the government of the United States when it felt it had lost its legitimate voice. It has the potential to be an agricultural wonderland, a model of local sustainability and a relatively green manufacturing base. It features profound natural beauty and a passion for leisure. It features a strong-willed, even stubborn, population that prizes its individual freedom above all else.

    South Carolina faces a lot of challenges, but has a lot going for it, as well. A clean sweep won't hurt, and it can't happen quickly enough.

    -5.38 -4.72 T. Atlas shrugged. Jesus wept.

    by trevzb on Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 10:14:47 AM PDT

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      their historical memories aren't very accurate, since the southerners in general were against Washington and the the Patriots and they provided loads of Loyalist Militias to war against them.

      "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

      by leftykook on Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 10:36:11 AM PDT

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      •  Yebbut you oversimplify (2+ / 0-)
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        Miniaussiefan, trevzb

        The greatest number of loyalists were in the middle states - New York, Pennsylvania.  Even though South Carolina had its share of loyalists and neutrals, more Revolutionary War battles were fought in SC than any other state, including the battle that turned the tide in America's favor - King's Mountain.  SC patriots such as Francis Marion, Thomas Sumter and Andrew Pickens pioneered guerilla warfare that cut off the ability of the British to supply their troops.  Christopher Gadsen, another son of SC, is credited with being one of the biggest agitators for independence.  He invented the famous "Don't tread on me" flag (besmirched by the modern Teapublicans). SC was the first state to ratify America's first constitution (the Articles of Confederation).

        South Carolina is a complicated place with a complicated history.  Thank you William Hamilton for sensing and reporting on what I hope is the beginning of another revolution in the Palmetto State.

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          SC yellowdogdem.  

          Being the single intellectual in a village of 1,100 souls ain't much fun, especially when 1,099 of those don't think you're all that smart.--Lucy Marsden

          by Miniaussiefan on Thu Nov 03, 2011 at 02:03:05 PM PDT

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