Nathan Hale And Benedict Arnold Get Around: Becky Akers’ Non-fiction Articles

Nathan Hale in the New York Post:

Pondering a Patriot
    by Becky Akers
    September 22, 2011

At first glance, he doesn’t seem to have much in common with 21st-century New Yorkers.

He was one of 12 children born to farmers in Connecticut. He was fluent in Greek and Latin by age 14, when he enrolled at Yale. He graduated to teach school, including a class for girls that met at dawn. When revolution broke out two years later, he enlisted with the rebels.

He was hanged for espionage 235 years ago today, near what’s now 66th Street and Third Avenue, when the British Army caught him spying on its plans to invade Manhattan. He was 21. But his last words outlived him: “I am so satisfied with the cause in which I have engaged,” said Capt. Nathan Hale, “that my only regret is that I have not more lives than one to offer in its service.” …

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Nathan Hale at

A Hale Of A Hero: Nathan Hale And The Fight For Liberty

   by Becky Akers
   September 22, 2012
He seems incomprehensibly patriotic, and so very remote from us, when he dies regretting he had only one life to give for his country.

But Captain Nathan Hale, who hanged as a spy on September 22, 1776, was a casualty to a controversy that still rages today. In fact, the debate dogs every presidential candidate, every issue from Obamacare to gun-control, every bureaucrat and regulation. It’s no exaggeration to say it underlies all political discussion.

And it also explains why Capt. Hale never uttered his legendary words…

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Nathan Hale at Campaign for Liberty (C4L):

All Hale Liberty

    by Becky Akers
   September 22, 2010

Pretend for a moment that the second American Revolution now rages. All we C4L folks, Tea Partiers, libertarians, anarchists, States’ Righters, home schoolers — everyone fed up with DC’s dictatorship has grabbed a gun and converged on the Beltway. For one glorious week, we besiege the politicians and bureaucrats, largely because their incredulity that serfs would actually rebel paralyzes them. Our enormous enthusiasm bounds higher.

Then the Pentagon marches a couple regiments of the US Army against us. We retreat, all the way to New York City. Now, almost eighteen months after the first shots flew, we’re depressed and discouraged. We’ve learned how boring, terrifying, and lethal war is, even one for liberty. Many of us have not only lost family and friends, we’ve watched them die. And the stench — of blood, fear, death — hangs everywhere, a miasma thick and inescapable as taxes. …

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Benedict Arnold — or, more correctly, the Radical Patriots who persecuted him — at The Freeman:

The Radicals’ Rancorous Rage: Radicals’ Ideas and Methods Continue to Torment America

    by Becky Akers
   June 2005

In a revolution for liberty, they sought power. In an age of individuality and self-reliance, they demanded obedience. In a century of personal excellence, they relished “leveling.”

They called themselves Radical Patriots, as though the troops who starved and froze at Valley Forge weren’t patriotic enough. But these eighteenth-century politicians had about them little that was either radical or patriotic. They tried to subvert the truly radical revolution raging round them because, as one Loyalist bitterly summarized it, they “hate Tyranny, but . . . their meaning is they hate Tyranny when themselves are not the Tyrants.”

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