Thursday, June 1, 2017

Fifth Annual Paul Revere Award

Two hundred forty-one years ago, ordinary citizens across the American colonies printed pamphlets and distributed their passionate words to shape public opinion and galvanize the independence movement.

These colonial pioneers faced violent suppression from a powerful ruling class but their simple pamphlets proved to be more powerful.  Today’s bloggers are the modern-day offspring of the American Revolution’s pamphleteers.

The brave and resolute men and women behind those blogs hold down jobs and raise their families or selflessly provide care for loved ones.  Unfortunately, they are often overlooked.  They possess an unwavering dedication to inform and warn their readers. 

In 2013 I decided to honor bloggers whose work was filled “with the breathings of their heart.”  I refer to the bloggers whose sites are small in comparison to the “corporate” blogs that have an army of writers, resources and capital.  These are the good people who feed our soul—who make us laugh about ourselves or life—and restore our buoyancy in a troubled world.  They champion freedom of expression.

I chose Paul Revere as the icon for the award because he was an American patriot whose legendary “Midnight Ride” to warn the colonists of Massachusetts before the historic battles at Lexington and Concord played a vital role in America’s struggle to gain independence from Britain.

Paul Revere was not born to wealth—he was an ordinary man who lived an extraordinary life. Revere was a patriot, a businessman, an involved citizen, and a popular and well-respected member of his community.

An obituary in the Boston Intelligence solemnly noted, "Seldom has the tomb closed upon a life so honorable and useful."

Revere is credited by the Central Intelligence Agency as the creator of the first Patriot intelligence network on record. 

This year’s award is a representation of the Longines Symphonette Great American Events Medal depicting Paul Revere with the Boston church tower in the background.

From today through Saturday, June 10, we will accept nominations of bloggers who, in the view of our readers, deserve to be recognized.

Please nominate the blog(s) you would like to see win the Fifth Annual Paul Revere Award in the comments section below.  Just provide a link to the blog(s) you’d like to nominate and I will take it from there.

Each winner will receive a personalized award in the form of a badge which they can display on their website if they so choose.

Here are last year’s distinguished winners:

I want to kick off the nomination process by keeping a promise I made last year to a gentleman who goes by the Internet handle “Odd Job” who nominated Xenophilic The Return.  Due to an oversight on my part his nomination was inadvertently omitted.  I sent him a gift card from Amazon as a sincere apology for my mistake.

Good luck to all the nominees and a special thank you to all of our readers for making this award more successful with each passing year.

UPDATE:  Thanks to Woodsterman for linking to this post.  I hope others will spread the word so together we can all recognize the hard work of conservative bloggers.

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