Mr. President, it is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope.

2012 July 3
by drdog09

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.

Who is the man who speaks this truth? Governor Jindal? Christie? Or some pundit having heard the rendering of Justice Roberts opinion for the Supreme Court? For it is natural to betray one’s self in illusions of hope. An entire Presidential campaign was built upon it. But he continues —

… 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 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 war-like preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are drones 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 despots 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 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 forth to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the 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. 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 Executive. 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!

To what end are but drones over our heads but to enslave us? To what sovereign power does the homeowner beseech who has just been ransacked by a SWAT team? Mere restitution and “Sorry wrong address” is insufficient. In what seat of power may the Catholic Church redress their grievances of the usurpation of their divine right of prayer and acts of faith thru healing? They have all been approached and denied via the halls of power.

Then the ultimate question is asked of 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 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. Thirty 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! The war is inevitable and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

That ladies and gentlemen is the task before us. This election is but the first stand to the bridge to halt the advance of a socialist America. It won’t be the last for whole institutions will in the end need to be erased from the face of this land. The power of the Federal State redispersed among the States. The functions ratched back to those intended by the Founders; Commerce Clause be damned.

Patrick Henry
Truly do we expect our cause to become stronger in number? For even though many will grumble of their Liberterian desires few will have the fortitude to sail headlong into the storm when Liberty crashes upon the beach. Who but the Conservative knows that only sacrifice today yields the dividends of Prosperity and Liberty for all tomorrow? It belongs to no other.

The author of course is Patrick Henry of which I have played fast and loose with some of the wording to reflect our times. The entire speech can be read here. If you desire there is even an audio rendition here. [note this is in .ogg format]

If not now then when? For we will be no stronger as a Conservative force than we are right now.

15 Responses leave one →
  1. 2012 July 3 7:06 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    To all, the Dog and his pack wish you all a glorious remembrance on this 4th of July. Do it well for either it is our last or the rebirth of another first 4th of July.

  2. 2012 July 3 7:16 pm
    justrand permalink

    Drdog, thank you! That speech is, IMHO, the greatest in human history. And it is perfectly suited to our time and our challenge!

    Everyone needs to engage in this election…whether they “love” Romney or not. An Obama win would be a MASSIVE (if not final) loss for America.

    Folks, I intend to fight for Romney ONLY to buy us time…but fight I will. Because if Obama wins, we will be fighting for real.

  3. 2012 July 3 7:58 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Reelecting Obama is like putting the Titanic in reverse and hitting the iceberg a second time.

  4. 2012 July 3 9:58 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Unfortunately, throughout the educational system of the country, from the elementary to the graduate levels, making this clear is difficult since, strictly speaking, the principles of the Declaration do not support government-run educational institutions.

    Limited government is what those principles support and permitting government to run the bulk of the educational system expands the scope of government way beyond what it is limited to in the philosophy of the Declaration, the founding document of the country that states clearly that government is instituted so as to secure our individual rights!

    It would be paradoxical for most educators to take seriously the idea of limited government since they are all complicit in expanding government’s reach into the lives of the citizenry. So the proper study of the meaning of the Declaration and thus the type of country this is supposed to be would invalidate the public or governmental educational system.

    This is one reason why there is no general understanding within the population of just what kind of political system the American founders produced. Most of these educators are, in fact, statists, through and through, and within that framework they cannot make clear sense of the principles of the Declaration of Independence and, therefore, of what is really to be celebrated on the Fourth of July.”

  5. 2012 July 3 10:18 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Thus, the momentous step was taken to declare their independence from the British Crown. The signers of the Declaration then did “mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor,” in their common cause of establishing a free government and the individual liberty of the, then, three million occupants of those original 13 colonies.

    Never before in history had a people declared and then established a government based on the principles of the individual’s right to his life, liberty, and property. Never before was a society founded on the ideal of economic freedom, under which free men may peacefully produce and exchange with each other on the terms they find mutually beneficial without the stranglehold of regulating and planning government.

    Never before had a people made clear that self-government meant not only the right of electing those who would hold political office and pass the laws of the land, but also meant that each human being had the right to be self-governing over his own life.”

  6. 2012 July 3 10:30 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Let me now state what seems to me the decisive objection to any conservatism which deserves to be called such.

    It is that by its very nature it cannot offer an alternative to the direction in which we are moving.

    It may succeed by its resistance to current tendencies in slowing down undesirable developments, but, since it does not indicate another direction, it cannot prevent their continuance.

    It has, for this reason, invariably been the fate of conservatism to be dragged along a path not of its own choosing.

    The tug of war between conservatives and progressives can only affect the speed, not the direction, of contemporary developments.

    But, though there is a need for a “brake on the vehicle of progress,” I personally cannot be content with simply helping to apply the brake.

    What the liberal must ask, first of all, is not how fast or how far we should move, but where we should move.

    In fact, he differs much more from the collectivist radical of today than does the conservative.

    While the last generally holds merely a mild and moderate version of the prejudices of his time, the liberal today must more positively oppose some of the basic conceptions which most conservatives share with the socialists.” – Hayek

  7. 2012 July 3 11:44 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “examples of what START considers to be “right-wing” include “groups that believe that one’s personal and/or national ‘way of life’ is under attack and is either already lost or that the threat is imminent.”

    The report also goes on to describe right-wing “terrorists” as those who are reverent of individual liberty and suspicious of centralized federal authority.

    Under such a definition, the Founding Fathers might have been considered right-wing terrorists.

    WND contacted START about the designations and was told, unlike previous reports by other government groups claiming that members of groups such as the tea party are terrorists, the START study was intended to only refer to those who actually committed terrorist acts.

    The report also warns defines as terrorists those who want to “forcibly insert religion into the political sphere” and are opposed to abortion.

    This is not the first time a government report has listed conservative groups such as evangelical Christians and tea-party members as terrorists.

    WND has reported on how the DHS had previously issued another report listing returning veterans and Christians who believed in end-time prophesies as dangerous right-wing extremists.

    A report issued by the Missouri Information Analysis Center warned law enforcement agencies to watch for individuals with bumper stickers for third-party political candidates including Ron Paul, Bob Barr and Chuck Baldwin.

    It also defined radical ideologies as opposing immigration, abortion and federal taxes.


  8. 2012 July 4 12:23 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Those who actually vote often seem driven by fear, voting to allay that fear. Our campaign certainly leveraged that. We promoted fear of the unpayable federal debt, of hyperinflation, of war, of economic collapse, of gun and property rights being stripped away by overweening government. Bob Goodlatte’s campaign leveraged fear as well, advocating the terror of an unknown candidate, and conducting telephone push polling and email whispering campaign throughout GOP party channels that painted me as an anti-Semite and a 9/11 truther.

    Enough fear can chip away at voter apathy, but is that a reason to vote at all?

    We are seeing this on a national scale in the GOP campaign to defeat Obama in November.

    We are told the country will be destroyed by four more years of Obama, and that this is the “most important election ever.”

    That nearly every president since Lincoln has consistently grown centralized government power and expanded executive rule is somehow ignored, as the party systems fight for supremacy and, you guessed it, more power over the people and their assets.

    And they all need “voters” for top cover.”

    INSANITY: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

  9. 2012 July 4 1:21 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “And that reminds me, why are Barack Obama, Willard Romney and others so obsessed with ordering people that they must have health insurance…….”

  10. 2012 July 4 5:46 am
    justrand permalink

    Time magazine has THIS (unintentionally) hillrious headline up now:

    Has the European Slowdown Finally Hit the U.S.?

    Huh? Ooooohhhh…it’s time to start blaming OUR economy on EUROPE (since people are getting tired of blaming Bush).

    Time magazine is merely get out in front of the latest twist in the never ending message from Team Obammy: “It’s someone ELSE’S fault!”

  11. 2012 July 4 6:19 am
    justrand permalink

    I’ll have a July 4th post up in about 10 minutes…jus’ sayin’ 🙂

  12. 2012 July 4 6:53 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Sort of says it all —

  13. 2012 July 4 10:15 am
    JustMary permalink

    Great thread drdog!

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