The Patriot Still Lives and Stays The Course
By Cindy Furnare
July 4, 2000
My husband and I saw the newly released movie THE PATRIOT
on June 28. In a movie theater almost packed to capacity sat
groups of university students as well as us older people. The crowd was
polite, but a bit restless, talkative, and somewhat inattentive
as the promos ran their course...and then...the featured movie, The Patriot, with Mel Gibson, finally came up on the big
screen. Folks, you could have heard a pin drop in there. The crowd was
focused and it appeared that all eyes were glued to the screen.
What was it about this movie that grabbed our attention?
FAMILY. The traditional family structure was honored even though the
lead character was a widow. Family was important in this movie
and keeping the family together was even more important.
MEN AND WOMEN. The role of the man and the role of the woman was clearly
defined and distinguishable. There was no blurring of the
DUTY. Every member of the family and every member of the community was
duty bound...some more, some less. Women had their
chores and the children to take care of. Men had to take care of the
family and the family estate. Men had to protect their family and
CHURCH. The church was the central focal point in this movie. The church
was not only the place of worship; it was the meeting place for
GUNS. Guns were important to protect the family, protect the community,
and hunt for food. Males were taught at a very early age how
to use a gun and shoot straight.
THE FLAG. The flag symbolized freedom and all that freedom stands for.
Like I have told you folks, to the point of exhausting the point;
freedom is not free! This movie makes that very clear. Some people were
injured and many more died for the cause of freedom, duty,
and protecting their families.
WAR. War is bad. War kills people. No sane person likes a war.
Throughout our nation's time line, war, as objectionable as it is, may
be the one and only effective option for a nation to become free and remain
STAY THE COURSE. No discussion of low self-esteem or silly excuses in
this movie. THE PATRIOT reminds us that goal setting, staying
focused, having a plan, and just plain staying the course is the
old-fashioned, tried and true method for achieving our goals and seeing
our plans carried through from start to finish.
PATRIOTISM. Love your country. Protect your country. Hey, that's what
patriots do. That's what our forefathers did. Have we forgotten
So, this great movie THE PATRIOT ended, the credits were rolling, and
most of the crowd was still in their seats. Finally, as the crowd
exited the theater, I wondered....will we remember THE PATRIOT on July
4th as we celebrate Independence Day? Hmm...maybe...if
apathy doesn't kill us.
CINDY'S NOTE: For all of you history buffs, don't bother writing to tell
me that THE PATRIOT was not historically accurate. I know. The
movie should have had a disclaimer that read: This movie is based on a
CINDY'S NOTE 2: Why did we go see this movie? Simple. The liberal media
has been touting how awful this movie is. Traditional values
are not politically correct, don't you know.
Cindy's personal home page: Conservative Education Forum
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