This fifth of November marks the 406th anniversary of the “Gunpowder Plot.” On that historic day, November 5, 1605, Guy
Fawkes was apprehended in the cellars of the House of Parliament with more than 30 barrels of gunpowder. Fawkes, along with his co-conspirators, were tried for plotting against the government. Judge Popham made the trip to London from his estate in Hungerford, Gloucestershire specifically for the trial. Due to the serious nature of the crime of treason, Fawkes was sentenced to death, and was hung, drawn, and quartered.
The year following the incident, an annual custom was born where the King of Parliament would commission a sermon to commemorate the event. Lancelot Andrews delivered the first of many Gunpowder Plot Sermons. Through the sermons, a poem was created to serve as a reminder to all future generations that treason will never be forgotten.
Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot…
Today, the fifth of November has evolved to symbolize the idea behind the Gunpowder Plot. Government leaders are supposed to have the best interest of the people in mind, and promote the common good. Greed-hungry and power-hungry politicians look out for their own interests first, regardless of the impact their decisions have on the common man.
Many uprisings have occurred over the last year or so, where the people have decided that enough is enough. Burma, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria and Libya have all seen full-blown uprisings. China has increased censorship efforts to avoid any such uprisings.
The whole world has seen protests in one form or another, stemming from corporate and political greed and corruption. Specifically in the United States, Occupy Wall Street has spread across the nation to most major cities. A new movement that emerged about one week ago called Occupy the Banks hopes to boost the worldwide Occupy movements, and stop banker greed and corruption.
Remember the fifth of November!
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