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  • Writer's pictureDale Hanks

Don't Bow to the Hat

I’m sure you’ve heard of William Tell, the Swiss marksman who shot an apple off of his son’s head with a crossbow.

But you maybe haven’t heard the whole story – and, after 700 years, it’s just as relevant today as it was then.

Let me explain.

According to the story, William Tell and his son were passing through the land governed by a man named Albrecht Gessler. Gessler was a magistrate and agent for the Hapsburg family of Austria. He was well-known as a cruel and petty tyrant; and one of his favorite methods of subduing the local populace was to subject them to daily humiliation. He had his hat raised up on a pole in the town square and required everyone who passed by to pay their due respects by bowing to the hat…or face dire consequences.

Being a moral and proud man, William Tell refused to bow to the hat when he passed by and was immediately taken into custody by Gessler’s soldiers. Gessler had heard of William Tell’s marksmanship skills and made a bargain that, if Tell was able to shoot an apple off of his son’s head at 120 paces in a single try, he and his son would go free. If he failed, both father and son would be executed.

William Tell famously made the shot and he and his son were freed. However, Gessler had seen Tell hide a second arrow under his coat. So, before they were released, Gessler asked Tell why he had the second arrow. William Tell replied, “If my first arrow had killed my son, I would have shot the second at you, and I would not have missed.” This enraged Gessler, but since he had agreed to spare Tell’s life, he threw him into prison for life instead. The story continues on with William Tell ultimately escaping his shackles and killing Gessler. This led to the start of a war for national liberation. To this day, images of William Tell’s crossbow can be seen on Swiss export items signifying they were authentically made in Switzerland.

Although we haven’t quite approached the level of violence that we see with Albrecht Gessler toward his subjects, the parallels to what’s happening today aren’t far off.

Just a week ago on August 13th, the Department of Homeland Security issued a new terrorism alert message.

The gist of this alert is to warn us against domestic terrorism as we approach the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

But the alert makes no mention of radical Muslim extremist terrorism. Instead, it focuses squarely on the Biden administration’s political opponents.

Let’s look at this alert for a second and what it says. It states that these so-called “domestic threats” are “exacerbated by impacts of the ongoing global pandemic, including grievances over public health safety measures and perceived government restrictions.” So, I guess that means if you dare question Dr. Fauci and the ever-changing CDC COVID-19 narrative, YOU are a domestic terrorist. Or, if you own a business or are a landlord and are barely surviving the lockdowns and looking for a way to save your business and property, YOU are a terrorist. If you comment on the fact that New Zealand shut down its entire country over ONE case of Delta variant of COVID-19 or mention that Australia is building “mandatory quarantine camps (i.e., vax-entration camps), YOU are a terrorist. And if you don’t think that’s being talked about in this country, read this from the CDC.

The terror alert also says that domestic terrorists are motivated by “perceived election fraud.” So, if you believe that blatant cheating and fraud took place in the November 3rd election, then YOU are a terrorist.

The warning goes on to say that “Law enforcement have expressed concerns that the broader sharing of false narratives and conspiracy theories will gain traction in mainstream environments.” So, if you have a problem with the state of our government and post about it on Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter, YOU are a terrorist and will have your posts removed. If you dare call yourself a “patriot,” YOU are a terrorist. (Since this blog is called “The Steady Patriot” and you’re reading it, we’re BOTH terrorists.) And it goes without saying that if you voted for Donald Trump, YOU are a terrorist. Conversely, if you believe the spin and manipulation that comes from the White House, you are a loyal American; because, after all, they tell us everything we need to know.

Of course, there is no mention in this terror alert about actual terrorists, like the BLM activists and Antifa anarchists who burned our cities to the ground in “mostly peaceful protests.” And then we have Vice President Kamala Harris who backed a fund that bailed these terrorists out of jail. But if YOU point that out, YOU are a terrorist.

This “domestic” terrorism alert is hard to swallow, especially since we just witnessed this administration turn its back on an entire country and allow REAL Taliban terrorists to take it over in a matter of days.

So, as we face the ratcheting up of fear over COVID, Delta variants, mandatory vaccines and passports, we are probably facing additional sanctions and restrictions from the government. We are most definitely facing increased scrutiny and censoring for defending our freedoms and liberties.

I believe in America and the good it stands for. But the government, this regime, is NOT America. Washington, D.C is NOT America. America is a government of the people, by the people, for the people.

WE are the people, and we have a lot of work to do. Trust your gut, do your own research, and don’t accept at face value what you are being told. We need to be brave and stand together as one.

Keep your face to the sun and, by all means, do NOT bow to the hat on the pole.

"When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." - Thomas Jefferson

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