Monday, March 23, 2009

Remembering Liberty or Death, Patrick Henry Style

VWV Note: Give me liberty or give me death. A great speech which was delivered by a wonderful American patriot. I wonder what he would think about today's attacks on the values he and the other early patriots willingly fought for- sometimes with their lives.

“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”
Mar 23rd, 2009
by Shane Vander Hart

Today is the 234th anniversary of Patrick Henry giving his famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech to the Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775. This speech is credited with having swung the balance in convincing the Virginia House of Burgesses to pass a resolution delivering Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. I thought I’d include the text below.

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death
by Patrick Henry

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 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 questing 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;.....

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