Addressing the Continental Congress on March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry, using the oration skills he acquired and honed as a trial lawyer, spoke eloquently and forcefully to his colleagues about the God-given duty to fight for freedom from the bondage of the “First Despot,” King George III of Great Britain – and to do so against all odds. He declared:
“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 ordained – 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!”Henry pressed on: “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 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 but 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 proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in a 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 be strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.”Henry then concluded: “Why we stand here idle? What is 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!”
The despotic regime Patrick Henry spoke of raised taxes to support a government that cared nothing for its colonists, spent wantonly on themselves while the colonists suffered, controlled their media, sought to disarm them and finally, when they had enough and began to rebel, used their own military - the military that was supposed to protect them - in an attempt to control them. It was at that point that the colonists finally put aside their petty differences, took up their arms which they had refused to relinquish and united against tyranny.
While our constitution insures, for now, that our current despot cannot reach the depths of tyrannical excesses of King George III, nonetheless one cannot help but wonder what Patrick Henry would say about the current state of this country and it's despotic leader. How much liberty that those very same colonists died for have we given up out of sheer apathy?
Honestly, at this point I don't think the American people have the balls to resist if our government decided to 'post a guard in every home' or confiscate our weapons or place us in internment camps for that matter. Yes a few would resist but our numbers would be so small it would amount to nothing - a minor inconvenience perhaps.The Americans of today are faithless, apathetic cowards and the present state of this country proves it. The fact that 'The View' is a highly rated morning TV show is evidence of how far this country has fallen!
Let me close with this question: When there is a demonstration supporting the second amendment in your area how many of you attend? How many of you belong to your local Tea Party or Constitutional Patriots group? If you do belong how many of you make it to the meetings? How many make it to the demonstrations? How many of you even bother to vote? It makes me sick.
My apologies for tone of this essay, however the apathy of my fellow Patriots combined with the complete and total ignorance of the Sheeple has me in the need to vent. Apologies aside, my point still remains. If we do not act in the lawful manner accorded to us by law, in mass and demonstrate our strength, our numbers and our commitment to liberty, the time WILL come quickly when we will be forced to face that choice so eloquently stated by Patrick Henry - Liberty or Death. Let us all pray that it does not ever come to that.