Guy Fawkes Day

Okay, so Guy Fawkes isn’t American, he’s English. He was, however, caught in their parliament building trying to blow the fucking thing up. Naturally, this led to him being tried and killed as a traitor to England. In Guy’s case, he was hanged, then drawn and quartered. Ouch. Should have learned that lesson from what happened to William Wallace…

The day is really a reminder that governments won’t stand for treason and if you get caught, they’re going to do some heinous things to you (see above). However, over the years the day has evolved into the opposite. Now, it’s a rallying cry for freedom, an indication than an idea will not die, and, to quote the mysterious V: “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

This is a lesson that many governments (especially here in the good ole USofA) have forgotten. My instinct tells me there’ll be hell to pay in the near future for this absentmindedness, and I feel sorry for my children and grandchildren.

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot

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