The Patriot: A historical movie comparison to the upcoming Parent March on Washington


By Dr. Leon Koziol

Parenting Rights Institute

In an effort to boost the ranks of court victims attending our Parent March on Washington, advisors have recommended a video production on the seriousness of our cause. Today’s society is focused on fame, drama and sound bites as opposed to lengthy reading. We live in a world of fiction, short attention spans and ever declining moral fiber.

With that in mind, I decided to answer this reality with segments from the blockbuster movie “The Patriot.” It has remarkable parallels to the modern day patriots who will join our March on May 3rd. Sponsored by the Parenting Rights Institute, this March is supported by a growing number of groups and court victims.

However, unlike the actors and fictional scenes of the movie, the people here are real, the court drama cannot be edited, and the fighters are caught in a war between the state and parents over the control of our children. It’s the antiquated child custody mandate versus progressive shared parenting at the center of today’s domestic revolution.

Indeed the entire family court structure is based on a “best interests of the child” doctrine which enables the state, its judges and lawyers to exploit our children for revenues much like the British did to our colonists. That doctrine is still known as “parens patriae” or the power carried over from Great Britain which had the King (or Crown) as the father of all people.

So follow me as I enlighten you to our parent revolution using symbolism, principles and the “worthiness of our cause.” The Patriot movie opens in 1776 South Carolina where French and Indian War hero, Captain Benjamin Martin (played by Mel Gibson) is trying to convince the colonial legislature to vote against a levy that would help finance our war for independence.

Familiar with the horrors of the earlier war, Benjamin Martin stresses that unlike all others, this one would be fought “amongst us,” that our “children will witness it with their own eyes,” and “the innocent will die with the rest of us.” He is asking everyone instead to plead with the King for recourse “again and again” but to no avail as his friend, Colonel Harry Berwell, insists.

It is a remarkable parallel to family courts which profit from the pleadings that parents bring “again and again” due to needless custody wars incited by lawyers. Such wars caused Walter Scott, a loving dad, to be shot dead five times in the back by a traffic cop in 2015 while fleeing unarmed from a support warrant. It occurred in South Carolina where the Patriot movie was based. I was subjected to a similar “shoot on sight” threat by a New York traffic cop years later. States are now killing for money, and our children witness this as victims.

Suicides, homicides, domestic violence and premature deaths are common outcomes. Prophetically, when one of the Assembly representatives, “Mr. Howard” complains of “a tyrant 3,000 miles away,” Captain Martin answers with the blunt question, “why should I trade one tyrant 3,000 miles away for 3,000 tyrants one mile away.” Family Court Judges have been described as “petty tyrants.”

The unexpected reply draws laughter but the point he follows with is that “an elected legislature can trample a man’s rights just as easily as a King can.” How ironic it is that this prediction has come true today with bar associations and special interests that control Congress and our legislatures. They have long been passing laws which are taking our rights away. The Supreme Court has long declared that the parenting right is “the oldest liberty interest protected by the Constitution.” And this liberty is most under fire today. Here’s our first scene:

In the scene (below) which follows, Captain Martin is put to task by Colonel Harry Berwell of the Continental Army (played by Chris Cooper). Having fought along side him under George Washington in the earlier war, Berwell is shocked at Martin’s change of attitude on a war with England.

Martin justifies his position: “I’m a parent, I haven’t got the luxury of principles.” Ironically that was the phrase I used ten years ago to avoid a custody war with my ex-spouse, Kelly Hawse (Koziol), but like the victim in the movie, I was drawn into it with my children when she threatened to replace me as their father for money. That’s the way these custody wars work:

In the next scene below, Captain Martin (“Father”) is thrust into the war when his young son is killed by the British Dragoon Colonel William Tavington (played by Jason Isaacs). It occurs in front of Martin’s family and home as he predicted in the Assembly. Tavington is the villain who is killing women and children, burning down their homes, and engaging in “brutal tactics” in order to bring rebels into submission. In family courts, punishments are doled out for the same purpose.

Those who complain are hit with “brutal tactics” such as parent alienation, loss of custody and debtor prisons. Draconian court orders are designed to force parents to accept the state as a super-parent. Here, Captain Martin regrets “doing nothing” to fight these brutal tactics and his eldest son Gabriel (played by Heath Ledger) is determined to do his duty contrary to his father’s orders. In a scene common to parents in court, Captain Martin laments that he is losing his family:

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Isn’t that scene like children today forced to testify against their own parents and better judgments? In any event, duty-bound to join the Continental Army, Captain Martin asks his friend, Colonel Berwell, to have his son Gabriel placed under his command. They are then assigned to recruit militia to prevent British General Cornwallis (played by Tom Wilkinson) from marching to attack George Washington. Father and son split up with Gabriel coming upon town residents hung by the British from a tree.

Undaunted, he enters a church to make a recruiting call but is criticized. Ann Howard, whom he falls in love with and later marries, answers with a fevered pitch for joining this militia. “Is this the sort of men you are?” she asks, challenging them to act upon their beliefs. It works, and her challenge could easily apply to all the apathetic fathers who are scared to protest today, i.e. “If they can nearly kill a judicial whistle blower, they can do it to anyone.”

In a scene immediately following the one in church, Gabriel attempts to get permission from Ann Howard’s dad to “write her.” In those days, parents were highly respected and daughters were highly protected. Today, fathers are made out to be incompetent, placed on the defensive in our family courts and their authority over children is undermined in countless ways.

The scene then switches to Gabriel’s father who is recruiting along with French Colonel Jean Villeneuve at a tavern. In my conference calls I have emphasized that the Revolutionary War was started in pubs and taverns. This is a comical scene which shows that. I’m hoping we can recruit in the same places for our March. Unfortunately, bar talk today rarely turns into action.

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The recruiting culminates in a secluded swamp where the new militia is encamped. However, Gabriel, who has spent time with the colonial regular army is disgusted with the low character of the recruits. “These are not the sort of men we need,” he complains to his father, but veteran Captain Martin counters that these “are exactly the sort we need because they’ve fought this kind of (guerilla) war before.”

Gabriel is shocked by his father’s molding of British toy soldiers belonging to his younger murdered son into musket balls for use against his killer, British Colonel Tavington. One can make parallels to those victims devising ways to slay their elitist oppressors in divorce and family courts. Only for the love of God and family do they rarely act on their emotions.

Gabriel later asks his father not to allow revenge to hurt the greater cause of freedom. This can be compared to marches in Washington sponsored by experienced groups. Parents have never mounted a serious March, but that can change by recruiting talented victims who leave their local foxholes and turn energies to our greater cause

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The militia is granted leave to tend to their homes and families. During that leave in a remote beach village, Gabriel marries Ann Howard. After the ceremony, Captain Martin sits down to chat with the sister of his late wife who has been caring for his children during the war. She emphasizes that she is not her sister. Captain Martin misunderstands her romantic overture and promptly acknowledges her obvious status. When she turns away disappointed, Martin acts on her invite.

The next morning, Gabriel and his father are saying their farewells to return to the war. The youngest daughter has not been speaking purposely to protest her father’s absences, a form of parental alienation. She steps back from his attempt to hug her. In an earlier scene she insists that she hates her father.

A visibly hurt dad is forced to accept this. As he gets on his horse, the little girl finally breaks down and runs for him. It is an emotional reunion which our family judges do not promote. Instead, out of pure arrogance and self-advancement, they allow parent alienation to fester until it is permanent. Family in this movie is a core theme, a cherished value upended by war. The same is occurring with custody wars. But tough dads, loving fathers, they don’t surrender. They always come back!

After completing the leave from war activity, only three volunteers return to the swamp camp to resume militia operations. They are depressed until suddenly the rest show up in large numbers due to a recognition of their vital cause. My hope is that a similar recruiting success keeps our volunteers on course.

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Colonel Tavington orders the burning of a church with town residents inside which include Ann Howard and her father. When discovered, Gabriel strikes out to find the murderer of his wife ahead of companions. Tavington ends up killing him too, leaving Captain Martin with two dead sons.

In this scene, while Captain Martin is mourning Gabriel, Colonel Berwell tries to convince his friend to continue with the cause but Martin replies that he’s finally run his course. It parallels loving parents forced to acknowledge that their efforts to maintain a relationship with their children have been ended by a corrupt regime, a sort of living death without logic.

In family courts, parents lose their children to custody wars. In my case, the ex would not even facilitate a farewell to my daughters when I left for Paris to escape persecution for my reform activity. It is an evil reaching levels never seen by any prior society. The alienation today is typically permanent without crime, abuse, abandonment, neglect or rational purpose.

The above scene is reflective of those who have given up our cause for accountability in America’s divorce and family courts. After so much abuse, they fail to realize their greater fate. Gabriel is buried, but as his father heads for home, he discovers the ragged colonial flag which his son had stitched together and kept in his horse bag. In the next scene, Captain Martin surprises his militia by returning with that flag high above the march to the cheers of everyone. Those who join our March in Washington should receive a similar welcome.

As civilians, we cannot relate to the intensity of our soldiers at war when they face serious odds of survival. We take the rights for which they sacrifice for granted. In this scene, Captain Martin recognizes that his end may be near as the militia prepares to advance toward a far superior British army. A plan was devised to send the militia out first with colonial army hidden behind under a hilltop. Martin asks Berwell to keep a message to his family in his coat pocket. He nods solemnly.

Meanwhile a white militia man, previously critical of a slave member, discloses now that he is free and honored to serve with him. As they advance for the final showdown of the Revolutionary War at Yorktown, Captain Martin asks French Officer Jean Villeneuve about his two daughters. They had been “burned alive” by a British ship firing upon the vessel they were sailing on. He asks their ages and how lovely they must have been. Jean then replies that they were 12 and 10, the same ages as my daughters when they were taken from me by New York Lewis County Family Judge Dan “Kangaroo Court” King.

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In our last segment from the movie, The Patriot, Captain Martin heeds Gabriel’s request to place the cause above his personal quest for revenge. He forfeits an opportunity to kill Tavington with his specially prepared musket ball when discovering that the patriots were retreating. He seizes a flag and heads toward the British while yelling for those running in the opposite direction to turn around and join him.

The patriots are ultimately successful and Captain Martin does get his revenge by slaying Colonel Tavington. Like the movie, we modern day parents can never retreat from the duties to our children, country and future generations. This movie contains graphic details of the sacrifices made so that we can exercise our rights in Washington. Let us now honor all who have served to the present day by recruiting and joining fellow marchers on May 3, 2019.

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