South Carolina was in the news recently when Newt Gingriff won the Republican primary. His victory turned out to be an anomaly, given how his campaign has tanked since then. It is interesting to note that he won largely by playing the “Rebel.” Ironically, one of South Carolina’s most famous rebel sons is Francis Marion (better known as “The Swamp Fox.”) He was agile and aggressive. He broke the rules of warfare – using techniques and tips he learned while fighting Native Americans. In particular, he used the element of surprise to attack the straight-marching redcoats when they least expected it. He and his men would blend into the natural environment before and after their attacks.
As a youngster, I watched all the Disney episodes, starring a young Leslie Nielsen as the Swamp Fox. In addition, I have lived in North Carolina for 25 years – visiting our neighbor’s hot tourist spots – Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, and Charleston; as well as other spots (e.g., Clemson a couple times.) South Carolina is a state of contrasts – poor lowland communities leading to world-class beach resorts. High tech industry competing with Redneck philosophy and racist culture. Battle re-enactments not far from exclusive golf courses. Anyhow, as one of the premiere colonial settlements, Charleston was also a focal point in the War of Independence. Today, activists can use the Swamp Fox’s tactics to get their message across, practice civil disobedience, and take things down without hurting people. Click Below to learn all about one of America’s true heroes – and what his legacy means for our current American Revolution.