“I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.”
–Patrick Henry, (Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775), US orator, patriot, & politician in American Revolution (1736 – 1799)
When Patrick Henry spoke these words 235 years ago, the Revolutionary War had not yet begun, Paul Revere and William Dawes had not made their famous rides, and George Washington had not yet been named Commander in Chief. These words sparked the rallying cry “To arms! To arms!” Less than a month later, the Minute Men and the redcoats clashed at Lexington and Concord — “the shot heard ’round the world” — and thus the war for American Independence had begun.
Skip to the present, our country is under siege from within by an America-hating president, a corrupt Constitution-shredding Congress, and a liberal lapdog media. The American people over the past year have organized the biggest grassroots movement in our country’s history, but despite our best efforts to get this administration and this Congress to listen to the people, we have been ignored, mocked and ridiculed. False charges of racism have been directed at us and repeated ad nauseum by the media with absolutely no evidence to back it up. Our intelligence and sanity are constantly brought into question by the same individuals who claim to represent us.
When Rick Santelli called for a Tea Party on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange last year, it had much the same effect as Patrick Henry’s immortal words in that it has rallied America to take a stand against the policies of this government to STOP out-of-control spending, STOP government growth, STOP socialism, and STOP over taxation. A year and literally thousands of TEA Party protests across this nation later, the Democrats, who usually live and breathe by the polls, no longer care for the opinions of the vast majority of the American people. We have become to them just a nuisance, our voices just noise to be tuned out, our rights and laws to be trampled in their rush to achieve their Marxist agenda and to hell with us peasants.