Day 128: Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Today is Patrick Henry’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Uncle Patrick! (his second wife, Dorothea Dandridge Spotswood, was my great geat great great great great aunt).

One of the central figures of the American Revolution, Patrick Henry is most famous for a speech he gave at the second Virginian Convention at St. John’s Church in Richmond on March 23, 1775, which persuaded those in attendance—including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson—to begin preparing for war against Great Britain.

His speech ended with these immortal words: “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!”

What most people do not know is that Patrick Henry was additionally responsible for the birth of this nation because he was one of the first to take an implacably hard line against the Stamp Act of 1765. His speech in the House of Burgesses on May 30 provoked cries of treason but it made him one of the earliest leaders in the movement towards independence.

A staunch anti-federalist, he opposed the ratification of the Constitution in 1787 because he feared—with great prescience—that giving so much power to a central government would lead to tyranny. His opposition to ratification, however, was instrumental in the creation of the ten amendments to the Constitution known as the Bill of Rights.

It is obvious what he would have thought about the treasonous Obama-Clinton Coup and Coverup. I call upon his spirit now to help us overthrow the Washington deep-state leviathan that he feared and predicted.

 

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