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On Patrick Henry's -- " 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!" Patrick Henry - March 23, 1775 It's been a while since I read Patrick Henry's speech in its entirety. I find it eerie to read his words again, and as I do, to apply his words to today's events. Please bear with me as I work my way through his historic oration, pointing out the comparisons.

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On Patrick Henry's -- " 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!"
Patrick Henry - March 23, 1775

It's been a while since I read Patrick Henry's speech in its entirety. I find it eerie to read his words again, and as I do, to apply his words to today's events. Please bear with me as I work my way through his historic oration, pointing out the comparisons.



http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/henry.htm



Following the Boston Tea Party, Dec. 16, 1773, in which American colonists dumped 342 containers of tea into the Boston harbor, the British Parliament enacted a series of Acts in response to the rebellion in Massachusetts.

[The U.S. government has gradually been tightening up on security for years, notable examples being the U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act, the Military Commissions Act, etc. When Occupy Wall Street began on Sept. 17th, 2011, it set off the Occupy movement worldwide. The Banksters' government immediately responded by enacting the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to officially nullify the "Bill of Rights." There was a frantic(?) attempt to stifle free speech and the Worldwide rEvolution when they tried to enact SOPA/PIPA/ACTA.

My comments throughout are in brackets. M.M.]

In May of 1774, General Thomas Gage, commander of all British military forces in the colonies, arrived in Boston, followed by the arrival of four regiments of British troops.

The First Continental Congress met in the fall of 1774 in Philadelphia with 56 American delegates, representing every colony, except Georgia. On September 17th, the Congress declared its opposition to the repressive Acts of Parliament, saying they are "not to be obeyed," and also promoted the formation of local militia units.

[The Oathkeepers, an organization of both active duty and retired military and law enforcement officers, saw a need to form an association and publically express a "Declaration of 10 Orders We Will NOT Obey!"] http://oathkeepers.org/oath


Thus economic and military tensions between the colonists [ American People] and the British [ Banksters] escalated. In February of 1775, a Provincial Congress was held in Massachusetts during which John Hancock and Joseph Warren began defensive preparations for a state of war. The British Parliament then declared Massachusetts to be in a state of rebellion.

[Attorney generals all over the U.S. have filed lawsuits against the Banksters. Yet the Obama administration is fighting tooth and nail to give "sweetheart deals and get-out-of-jail-free cards" to the Banksters' minions. Texas and several other states have either talked about or have actually introduced legislation trying to let their state secede from the Union. 15 states have legalized medicinal marijuana but the feds still conduct raids and destroy crops and pharmacies / co-ops. Occupy encampments sprang up all over the country / world within a month of Occupy Wall Street's kickoff. Not just in the U.S. but almost the entire educated world is in some state of rebellion or disarray.]

On March 23rd, in Virginia, the largest colony in America, a meeting of the colony's delegates was held in St. John's church in Richmond [ Liberty Park, near Wall Street, N.Y.C, NY .] Resolutions were presented by Patrick Henry [ OWS ] putting the colony of Virginia [ the 99.9%] "into a posture of defense...embodying, arming, and disciplining such a number of men as may be sufficient for that purpose." Before the vote was taken on his resolutions, Henry delivered the speech below, imploring the delegates to vote in favor.

He spoke without any notes in a voice that became louder and louder, climaxing with the now famous ending. Following his speech, the vote was taken in which his resolutions passed by a narrow margin, and thus Virginia joined in the American Revolution.

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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 that 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 question 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 towards 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 these 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 motives 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 on 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 longer.
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 the means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three 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!
Patrick Henry - March 23, 1775

[ When I began to read Patrick Henry's words again I could not bring myself to defile such greatness with my wormy comments. I decided that I wanted you to read it first in its purity and beauty, unsullied, that it might stir your soul as it does mine. It's a speech that is well worth reading twice, so let's read it again and this time I will insert my wormy comments.

The underlined parts speak for me, were I that eloquent.]

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 that 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 question 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 towards 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 [ U.S. government] for the last ten years, to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House?

[ 10 years of conflict and killing in the Middle East under both Bush and Obama.

Actually, it has been 30+ years since we began to support the Afghani "freedom fighters" cum terrorists Al Qaida against the Russians. Then "Desert Storm" in 1991. Combined with many years of sanctions that starved children to death.

30+ years of loss of liberties in the U.S. that started with the "War on Drugs".

Now 4 years of severe economic and social decline, with worse anticipated.

And next he describes the Obama technique to a T.]


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 these warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies [ Security cameras everywhere linked by computers into worldwide spy networks, VIPER search teams, etc. ] 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? [ Occupy Oakland, NYC, etc. ] 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 motives 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 [ Banksters] 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 on 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 longer.

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; [ Occupy camp evictions and pepper-spraying seated students ] our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne. [ Occupy D.C. ] 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 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? [ When we may well be facing starvation times like the People of Greece are today?] Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard [ surveillance cameras and microphones] shall be stationed in every house [ and "OnStar" is always turned on in every auto?] 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 the means [THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT] which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three [ hundred] millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible

[We are the 99%! The People, united, can never be defeated! - - Occupy slogans.]

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!

Patrick Henry - March 23, 1775

[ Rise up! Take to the streets and support the Occupy movement and the Worldwide rEvolution! Make phone calls. Withhold financial support from the system. Educate and recruit your friends and family .]

"The question 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 "."

I was born a free, white man in a segregated, prejudiced South. I lived through that experience. I know what a "caste' society is, both from books and from living, personal experience.

I was the boss man, the Bigdog, running big construction projects at age 22, running my own company by age 26.

I was fully engaged in playing the capitalistic game. But life around me didn't jive with the way I had learned it from the history books. When Ronald Regan kicked the War on Drugs into high gear I started seeing our Constitutional rights being taken away, a little bit more steadily as we went, like slices of bread disappearing from the loaf. A slice here, a couple of slices there, pretty soon the loaf is gone. That's where we find ourselves now.

I asked myself, "Why and how is this crazy stuff happening?" I began to educate myself as to what is really going on in this country. I found out that the American in-justice system is FUBAR. Banksters control the court system and BOTH political parties at the National level and control many, if not most, State governments and inspection departments.

I decided it was time for me to fight back.

In 2000 & 2002, I was a Democrat candidate for the NC State House of Representatives.

In 2004 & 2006, I was a Democrat candidate for the US House of Representatives.

It was a great educational experience. As with all education, it was costly -- emotionally, physically, financially. But the benefits have been very rewarding. I have met more of the most fantastic, intelligent, dedicated, honorable people than I could ever have imagined.

We are facing dark times. There is no avoiding it now. But I rest assured that there are millions of real Americans who will soon rise up and bite the Banksters in the ass, right about where the politicians are hanging out of the Banksters' back pockets. Occupy on!

Although composing and distributing the emails that I send now make me a terrorist under the auspices of the NDAA, I WILL NOT BE SILENT !!!

I urge you to stand up also! Buck the system anyway you can, in the area of influence in which you operate daily.

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.

What terrifies me in this era is the general public's quiet acceptance of the unabashed torture of helpless prisoners. Un-necessary brutality and excessive use of force has always been a problem in prisons. The doctors who were utilized to oversee the tortures of prisoners in more recent U.S. custody have testified about what occurred and why they were there. They were not there to benefit the prisoner. They were there to keep him alive so that he wouldn't die too soon.

I can promise you one thing that has been universally, undeniably true in EVERY experience that I have ever seen or had with the police -- once those handcuffs click shut, any further attempt or option for freedom is over. Under the NDAA, you can be imprisoned indefinitely, without ever getting a trial. If you want to remain free, NEVER, NEVER let them put handcuffs on you. Remember the German concentration camps. Remember also, the Rule of Law is dead in the U.S. The Rule of Money & Might now prevails over the Rule of Right.

Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? 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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