The Hangman (1964) [Animation]
Based upon the poem “HANGMAN” by Maurice Ogden & narrated by Herschel Bernardi
There is a powerful message in this video and I encourage you to watch it until the end (it’s only 10 minutes)
Short explanation of the “Hangman” video:
When the "HANGMAN" (aka government agencies/police officers) hurts people, violates other's civil liberties, and takes their property … what do you do?
Do you stand idly by and let it happen?
Do you cower in fear and slink away just feeling grateful that you weren't the target?
Do you dismiss the evil that is being perpetuated upon your fellow man, while justifying your position (by telling yourself that they must have done something to deserve that treatment or it must be an isolated incident) because that sort of thing has never happened to you?
Do you serve the "HANGMAN" or do you fight for liberty (both yours and your neighbor's)?
The next time you read or see a story about how the "hangman" is targeting a person, or group of persons, you may want to consider standing up for liberty (even when you don't like/agree with the person/group). If you don't, you eventually will hear the "hangman" calling your name from the courthouse square.
- Nathan Wente, your local defense attorney.
"The Hangman" is a poem written by Maurice Ogden in 1951 and first published in 1954.
Into our town the Hangman came.
Smelling of gold and blood and flame
and he paced our bricks with a diffident air
and built his frame on the courthouse square
The scaffold stood by the courthouse side,
Only as wide as the door was wide;
A frame as tall, or little more,
Than the capping sill of the courthouse door
And we wondered, whenever we had the time.
Who the criminal, what the crime
That the Hangman judged with the yellow twist
of knotted hemp in his busy fist.
And innocent though we were, with dread,
We passed those eyes of buckshot lead:
Till one cried: "Hangman, who is he
For whom you raise the gallows-tree?"
Then a twinkle grew in the buckshot eye,
And he gave us a riddle instead of reply:
"He who serves me best," said he,
"Shall earn the rope on the gallows-tree."
And he stepped down…..
To continue...watch the video above