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to be like Patrick Henry

Dear Friends of Liberty!

How many of us remember that today is an important anniversary?

CNN and other controlled media is not covering it.

House and Senate is silent about it.

But here at the very heart of the rEVOLution on the Daily Paul website it must be remembered.

It was on March 23rd 1775 when Patrick Henry gave his famous speech --
http://www.familyfoundationblog.com/wordpress/wp-content/upl...

Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death!
by Patrick Henry

No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The questing before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House. Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free-- if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending--if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained--we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable--and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

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When I woke up this morning I was thinking of the way I could celebrate the speech its wonderful spirit.
The spirit of resistance in the face of injustice.

I remembered a little known video from Montana.
During Ron Paul presidential campaign one meet-up member came out into the street with a sign waving it in temperatures of 30 below zero and he stayed all day long -- cars honking giving him energy.

So taking an example from him seeing that it is snowing outside strong winds and low temperatures - I decided to wear my jean shorts all day.
Upon entering one coffee shop the person serving me called me "master" - I smiled and asked him "do you know who Patrick Henry was?"...

Truth is we are all "masters".
We all have it within us -- to be like Patrick Henry.

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Although an excerpt

there was a Patrick Henry thespian who declaimed this speech
at an RP 2007 rally

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rhm9jbUtXI

and I was most moved

The source of Patrick Henry's guts...

Was his living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ! He was an on-fire zealous believer in Christ! Hooraaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!

For Christ and For Liberty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ron Paul 2012
The Champion of the Constitution

At the cross Jesus Christ defeated sin, death, hell, and the new world order.
C’mon boys, let’s take the plunder!

As was Samuel Adams

Who stood firm on a Bill of Rights!

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Should be a National holiday.

I woke my son up this morning and told him that today was Patrick Henry Day. He said who the heck is that?

What a great opportunity to talk to him about a man and a speech that made the difference between America and continued tyranny. His resolution to arm the Virginians narrowly passed after this speech. I sent my son to school with a copy of this speech in hand to give to his history teacher for todays lesson.

I will inform my congressmen tonight that he should introduce legislation to make this an official national holiday so children may never ask, who is Patrick Henry?

Thank you

Your comment made my day.
What a terrific idea.

Perhaps when the Republic is restored Patrick Henry Day can become an official holiday.

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

wow, thanks for that quote, its been awhile since I read that

speech. Nice to see it again, on such a day.

this part aplies to the here and now... most of all!!

The war is inevitable--and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

WooHoo! for Patrick Henry Day!

Amazing Speech. Good Forum Post. Thank you legalizeliberty.

Слобода или Смрт!
Eala Frya Fresena! Lewwer duad üs Slaav!
Vivre libres ou mourir!
Viurem lliures o morirem!
Свобода или смерть!
Libertad o Muerte!
कांथर हुनु भन्दा मर्नु राम्रो
Independência, ou morte!
Ελευθερια η Θανατος!
"Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils." - General John Stark, July 31, 1809.

Let it not be said that we did nothing.-Ron Paul
Stand up for what you believe in, even if you stand alone.-Sophia Magdalena Scholl

"Give me liberty or give me death"

How many 'statesmen' would have the balls to stand up and say it now?

Indeed, how many of us?

I like to think... enough of us.

I may not know the truth, but I know when I'm being lied to...

I like to think so as well...

some Patrick Henry quotes:
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/p/patrick_henry.html

there is one that could well be applied today to Audit the FED drive:
"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them".

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Bradley Manning

I think "The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - is perfect for the Free Bradley Manning drive!

Thanks for this posting and the link to the other Patrick Henry quotes!

you are right

you just gave me an idea...

Posing on Twitter & sending this post to Drudge Report.

Thanks!

LL on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LibertyPoet
sometimes LL can suck & sometimes LL rocks!
http://www.dailypaul.com/203008/south-carolina-battle-of-cow...
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15