Sunday, April 6, 2008

Charlton Heston: 1924-2008

Charlton Heston died yesterday.

He was a passionate defender of American citizens' right to keep and bear arms and, of course, I admired him for that. What's often forgotten, however, is that he was actively involved in the civil-rights movement in the 1960s, as well as other causes that many would consider decidedly less "conservative" than his Second Amendment stand.

Heston carried his own compass and charted his own course, unfettered by labels. His values were his values.

What I take from his example is that there's still a place for independent citizen-patriots, the square pegs in this simple-minded, round-hole society.

Godspeed, Mr. Heston.