Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I've had enough! From a friend

I've had enough. I am done with wishy washy political associations who will not call a pig a pig. I am going on a rant and I don't care if you read it or not, but you might want to for contemplation's sake.
A very interesting article was brought to my attention today, from a remarkable Christian business man...one that perhaps you will find interesting also. As is usual for my own emotional sanity, I am compelled to expound on it and on relating some facts toward the political and national sovereignty cataclysm that is upon us now, and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future...unless something extremely courageous is done about it. I will post an excerpt from the article just mentioned later in this commentary. I want you, my friends, to understand why I am exiting this morass of inconsistent directions and inane reluctance’s of the splintered groups we have long sought to unite.
I reason that the situation is not hopeless, but certainly unlikely in it's success; Considering that none of our leaders will enthusiastically, yea, PASSIONATELY and vocally pick up the Flag for which so many people have bled, been maimed, tortured and perished for, who have also suffered unfathomable ridicule and dismissal, I am fatigued of this intellectually lazy tide of mice who will not stand up and say: WE THE PEOPLE DECIDE WHAT IS HEALTHY FOR US AND OUR ENSUING POSTERITY, NOT THE FACELESS LEVIATHAN OF STRANGULATION CALLED THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, which has sought to remake our nation into a Marxist Socialist freak show of unimaginable depravity...a government which has so cowed the populace, that they tremble at the Authoritarian Hand of Tyranny which holds, UNCONSTITUTIONALLY, their very existence at arms length.
Last evening I had a conversation with a very good friend from West River (South Dakota). He is also a devout Christian and a business man who has had 2 or 3 ventures which, because of vindictive, retributive attitudes and lack of support from his small community, caused these businesses to deteriorate to the point of collapse. One was actually stolen from him thru political maneuvering. Shamefully!  It's not because he is a bad business man, but because he speaks his Christian mind...in other words, he is NOT politically correct. I admire people who stand up strongly for their preciously held Christian beliefs...this type of courage makes people of less conviction feel shallow in their own attributes and threatens their self conceptualization. Jealousy is an possessive lover...it comes in various disguises and one of them is prideful rejection and revenge.
He conveyed his spirit of disillusionment and discouragement to me, in regards to our nation's collective abandonment of moral direction and the aggrandizement of personal corruption and greed. Unfortunately, it has been the condition of our nation for over 100 years...although it has been hidden behind the dark curtains of subterfuge, sabotage to our national system, disinformation and outright fraud until lately. It has also entreated our citizens to relinquish the foundational tenets of this nation, of which moral character is one of the most outstandingly important.
This morning, I spoke with another good friend who delivered the same innervation of disgruntled dismay, the feeling of hopelessness with and in our system...the cards seem wholly stacked against us. The “party” is split (Republicans) and people in leadership positions are all speaking at once, seemingly in different languages, yet no one seems honest or trustworthy. How do we unite? How do we move forward to suspend, indeed eradicate, the repugnant insult to freedom and liberty this fully operational Collectivist Government, which has utterly destroyed our country and her multitudinous blessings? Why have we turned away from God, to open the door to every evil that can possibly be forthcoming from the pit of Hell against us?
We have become wise in our own eyes....we have said, We don't need you, God; we can do this ourselves...The folly of that mindset is what leads directly and abruptly to personal destruction... And it is speedily hastening our national demise.
I now ask: WHAT DID YOU EXPECT? Did you expect honesty and truthfulness from people and politicians who only seek to maintain their positions of personal comfort, power and the reproductions of elitist mentalities? What did you expect from a pig, other than a grunt? Can a lie be sold for truth? How high a price are you willing to pay for slavery?
But there is more to her prose:
““ The human race has climbed on protest. Had no voice been raised against injustice, ignorance, and lust, the inquisition yet would serve the law, and guillotines decide our least disputes.

The few who dare, must speak and speak again to right the wrongs of many. Speech, thank God, no vested power in this great day and land can gag or throttle. Press and voice may cry loud disapproval of existing ills; may criticize oppression and condemn the lawlessness of wealth-protecting laws that let the children and child-bearers toil to purchase ease for idle millionaires.

Therefore I do protest against the boast of independence in this mighty land. Call no chain strong, which holds one rusted link. Call no land free, that holds one fettered slave. Until the manacled slim wrists of babes are loosed to toss in childish sport and glee, until the mother bears no burden, save the precious one beneath her heart, until God’s soil is rescued from the clutch of greed and given back to labor, let no man call this the land of freedom. ““
Now, some of you may envision this to be a tome against capitalism, but I would heartily dispute that. I believe it is a historical indictment of the uber-elitist class who seek to keep the average person in the chains of Socially engineered servitude. All, while it has done so under the very noses it seeks to stifle from breath.
Therein lies the fraud of what We The People of this nation have been seduced with. It is usually called behavior modification...and the elitists know how to use it to their magnificent enrichment, both socially and materially. Welcome back to the Monarchy of old Europe...just as it was planned.
Christians who hold to the Holy Scriptures for absolute truth and guidance will understand that there is a insidious, malevolent darkness that has spread it's suffocating veil over our planet. Recently, in Oklahoma an atheist/satanist group has petitioned a city to allow the statue of a goat headed “god”, Satan, to be placed in a public arena, with a seat incorporated into the statue, for people to go sit on the lap of this “god” Satan to discuss needs, wants and desires to the entity. I read this information in horror and utter disbelief. On the other hand, our 1st Amendment declares and protects the right to freedom of speech and association. HOWEVER, if Christians cannot put up a nativity during Christmas at the local Fire House, then atheists cum Satanists can't put up a statue of a goat headed effigy in the public arena either. Let's take a look back to see where this diabolical ideology comes from...in only a minor collection of instances, for the sake of brevity. These are indicative for their impact on the rush toward a Godless condition, leaving conscience and our humanity far behind:
First, Death and then, subjugation: to wit;
Margaret Sanger, born in 1879, was not only a racist monster who wished to eradicate the Negro race thru abortion, she was also a rabid Socialist, proponent of eugenics, an atheist and anarchist. Her slogan was “No Gods, No Masters”, delivered unashamedly in the monthly magazine “The Woman Rebel” she published. She was also a neo-Malthusianist, which generally refers to people with the same basic concerns as Rev Thomas Robert Malthus, who advocated for population control programs, to ensure resources for current and future populations.Otherwise understood as social engineering!!
Today, it is the basis for Agenda 21 and Sustainable Development. POPULATION CONTROL, BY FORCE IF NECESSARY. Her father, Michael Higgins was a Catholic turned atheist, and espoused radical leftist beliefs. By 1912, she was writing for a Socialist rag called “The New York Call”. She founded The American Birth Control League in 1921, which later became Planned Parenthood. A poignant example: Unchallenged by the ban against partial birth abortions, and emboldened by Roe v Wade, Dr. Kermit Gosnell recently took her murderous evil to unfathomable heights in his practice of slaughtering BORN ALIVE infants, the most promising, precious and innocent among us. If that doesn't turn you stomach, I don't know what ON THIS EARTH will.
George Bernard Shaw and all other Fabian Socialists believed in and recommended 'humane euthanasia' for those among the population who became incompatible with the economic health of the planet. That is to say, those with disabilities, those who could not produce for the benefit of the whole, those who were willing non-producers and those who were genetically or racially inferior. Adoph Hitler perfected this science. This is the stated goal of those who espouse a new world order: A world rid of the useless eaters; targeted population reduction and a “one world” environment controlled by a ruling elite of self proclaimed legitimacy of feigned aristocracy, and in the balance, those who serve them. THIS is the aim of Agenda 21 and their fictitious Sustainable Development models. Common Core is only the first snowflakes of the coming avalanche in South Dakota, along with the abject refusal of our State Legislature to do one thing about it. Agenda 21 is alive and well in SD. Simple as that.
Antonio Gramsci was a renown Italian Socialist, turned virulent Marxist. He was the ardent first leader of the Communist Party in Livorno, Italy (adhering to a Leninist philosophy) which came out of the group called 'L'Ordine Nuovo (the New Order) and was a key designer of what was introduced in the western Hemisphere as Western Marxism...Gramsci believed that Marxism could supersede religion only if it met people's spiritual needs, and to do so people would have to think of it as an expression of their own experience. He assisted Thomas Dewey configure a philosophy of national education to indoctrinate the masses into this type of hegemony, which they understood would eventually replace a capitalist society with one of revolutionary Socialist/Communist tenets.
The International Banking Cartel. This was and continues to be, perhaps the most invasive and liberty killing operation of all time. The absolute greatest fraud ever to be perpetrated against any free people, from the beginning of history until the present; The largest heist of freedom and wealth the world has ever known. But it didn't start in this or the last century. It goes back millennia, to the Garden of EDEN (you will see the connection in a moment, HOPEFULLY). A LIE was told, which induced an unwitting and foolish woman to betray not only her husband, but her God, to disobey one simple directive, command, if you will, and envisioned herself to be equal with the Creator who fashioned her out of the man, who was fashioned out of the dust of the earth.
Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made; and he said to the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then you eyes shall be opened and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil...and the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof and did war and gave also to her husband with her and he did eat....(Gen 3: 1-6)
This temptation has been used over and over again in various forms, dimensions and distinctions, to bring mankind to the brink of unholy retribution.
If you just listen to MY voice, you will be just like God!!” is what the Adversary, Satan, whispers into each ear from the moment of self awareness to the moment we reclaim glory thru the blood of Christ and depart from this earth, or until we die, unregenerate and in full sin. Satan entreats and seduces man's desire for enlightenment and upward mobility in status, to turn lust into temptation and temptation into action (active sinning)...against God. The Adversary even tried it with the Lord, Christ Jesus! Lucifer, who knows no modesty, humility, moral restraint or hubris of any sort, but only rebellion against God and therefore God's creation, Man, to disrupt and destroy the world God made...all because of covetousness, pride, arrogance, jealousy and greed.
Return now to The Cartel. Ongoing thru the centuries, money has lifted people up to power. Power is an astonishing aphrodisiac and seductress. All things that turn the eye away from the Lord is a perversion which wields power beyond human fathoming. It is subtle and insidiously encroaching, slowly at times and instantaneous at others. It is the desire to be like God. Power. Control. Lavish gluttony of resources and material comforts. Satan entreaatedc the Lord Jesus to 'fall down' and worship him, and he would give the Christ the entire earth..."all you see"...odd thing to say to the One who was the creative force in fashioning the earth in the first place.
The desire for control results from wealth and wealth producing actions. In the hands of good people it is a boon to civilization, enriching others along the way. That is what capitalism is based on. Working to make oneself better and therefore successful and therefore wealthy. Philanthropic individuals, when motivated by good intentions, increase the value of those around them, which in turn increases the populace's standard of living. Suppression of drive, initiative and forward mobility depresses the human spirit. THIS is what the Adversary does, thru his own methods and thru those whom he can seduce and manipulate... LUSTING AFTER MAMMON IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL.
For the love of money is the root of all evil; which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” 1 Timothy 6:10.
The word for money here is the Greek “philarguros”, meaning fondness for silver, or avaricious covetousness of wealth.
The word for evil is “kakos”, or depraved and injurious wickedness.
Coveted after is actually “oregomai” or to stretch oneself after, strain or stretch toward a mountain.
The word for erred, is “apoplanao” which means to lead astray.
The word for faith here used, is “pistis” which means the moral conviction of righteous truth and by extension, reliance on Christ for Salvation.
To pierce themselves through is found as “perirpeiro” or to penetrate entirely,
and the final mention is the word sorrows, which in the Greek is “odunē “ and means to be sinking down into grief. (I find it to have some quaint poetic justice that the name of (George) “Soros” so closely resembles the word and intention of 'sorrows'...)
Can we get a picture of what this actually, therefore, outlines? Let us state the verse in it's contextual form:
An avaricious covetousness for wealth is the source of depraved and injurious wickedness, which causes man to strain and reach for high places by being lead and by leading others astray from moral conviction of Truth and righteousness; away from the Lord, being penetrated entirely and completely with a grievous contamination of spirit.
Back into the history of the Crusades and even before that, we find men contaminated by greed for position, control and lust for wealth, to cover such endeavors with the cloak of Righteous Purpose to "defend" the lands of their interest from supposed evil intruders or invasions. These mercenaries sought to be paid by the Kings of Europe and the Church, which the kings and the Church readily agreed to...there were larger goals to the “defense of the Holy Lands”....there was treasure to be sought after...and there were peoples to “gather” into the fold, to be made subjects of the Crown, not only of Europe, but of the Church. More people, means more taxes...despicable, unholy men who ascended the mountains of riches on the hunched backs of the peasantry.
However, as we see historically, this breeds discontent among the people, because the desire for taxes, rents, tithes, honorariums, indulgences, etc causes a Pharisaical drive for a superior social position and therefore, financial enrichment. Kings and Church princes do not like getting their hands dirty, even though their hands are usually the dirtiest of all.
This deception has gone on since the beginning of time, and continues today, but to a much advanced degree. Through the ages, man has refined, and become increasingly sophisticated, in his imposition of fraud against the “masses” to the point where he not only dislodges any personal responsibility for wrong doing on his part by way of his sorcery and sophistry, but actually turns the table to blame “the unwashed masses” for the need to impose such heavy burdens of taxation and confiscation upon them.
Here is where I will insert the consummate insanity to which the proportions of “avaricious covetousness” has reached beyond astronomical dimensions and out into the farthest reaches of the universe, but most acutely in our own nation and by our own so-called leadership hierarchy:
This is from Forbes op/ed, Dec 31, 2013. The writer is Harry Binswanger.
Obama to Americans: You don't deserve to be free”
President Obama's Kansas speech is a remarkable document. In calling for more government controls, more taxes, more collectivism, he has two paragraphs that give the show away. Take a look at them:
“” There is a certain crowd in Washington who, for the last few decades, have said, let’s respond to this economic challenge with the same old tune. “The market will take care of everything,” they tell us. If we just cut more regulations and cut more taxes–especially for the wealthy–our economy will grow stronger. Sure, they say, there will be winners and losers. But if the winners do really well, then jobs and prosperity will eventually trickle down to everybody else. And, they argue, even if prosperity doesn’t trickle down, well, that’s the price of liberty.
Now, it’s a simple theory. And we have to admit, it’s one that speaks to our rugged individualism and our healthy skepticism of too much government. That’s in America’s DNA. And that theory fits well on a bumper sticker. (Laughter.) But here’s the problem: It doesn’t work. It has never worked. (Applause.) It didn’t work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression. It’s not what led to the incredible postwar booms of the ’50s and ’60s. And it didn’t work when we tried it during the last decade. (Applause.) I mean, understand, it’s not as if we haven’t tried this theory. “” (end of excerpt)
This statement is stunning in it's sly deception, staggering in it's audacity.. It is one of the most highly and expertly crafted, verbal slights of hand I have ever read. If a genius worker of 'magic' like Harry Houdini had been an orator (rather than an escape artist) displaying the same salient talent thereof, it would make Harry look like a backwoods neanderthal.
Whoever wrote this for the Resident of the Oval Office understands precisely how to manipulate the thought processes and psychology of the human animal. Blame Americans for their own success and make them feel guilty for it!!?? In other words, the serpent in the WH asks, 'How can you possibly sleep at night knowing that there are people in this world who have less than you, and yet you don't share more of your own resources? Give me, your Government-your king, the money you have earned and I will redistribute it, to make it right. You will feel so much better about yourself in the long run....because I KNOW HOW TO SPEND YOUR MEAGER RESOURCES BETTER THAN YOU DO!'
THIS is Marxist theology, the Hegelian dialectic and 'Cloward Piven' condensed into 2 short, amazingly malignant paragraphs!
The tragedy of it is that people actually fall for this hypnotic beguilement!!It is patronizing, dismissive, utterly lacking in humility and pontificates against an economic system that has been the greatest inducement to personal progress man has ever achieved. Not only that, but America's successes have been an inspiration to the world and the envy of nations everywhere; well, that is until the 1960's...which is when everything began to fall to pieces. And why did it do so?
Because the Social Progressives saw their most opportune moment to completely subjugate the system, and how they could finally accomplish their debauchery. They finally had the opportunity to impose a lesson taken from their heroes, The Marxist Socialist radicals, with 70 years of practiced experience behind their ruinous greed and deceptions. It is almost as adroit as the Russian Revolution of 1917-1918. So, let's take a hard look at that;
Lenin and many of the Bolsheviks were not in Russia at the time of the revolution. Some of them were originally from Russia and had left, others were not from Russia at all. They were all Marxists and socialist revolutionaries that had been living in Europe studying science, economics, sociology, history, etc from a Marxist point of view: HUMANISM and the ascension of man over God. Just as Lucifer had planned it!
The Bolsheviks did not cause the overthrow of the Russian Government; they came in after the overthrow with the plan of putting Marxist revolutionary theory into practice. Their plan from the beginning was to develop Russia in such a way as to spread social revolution throughout Europe and eventually, the world. The biggest political opponents of the Bolsheviks in Russia, aside from the Czars, were the Mensheviks and the Social Democrats, (sound familiar?) both Marxist groups who also supported Socialism, but were less militant.
What is important to understand about the Russian Revolution is that some of the staunchest opponents to the Bolsheviks were other Communists. The “brand” of Communism that was promoted by the Bolsheviks was by no means representative of all Communist ideology. Bolshevik ideology was the least tolerant and most revolutionary form of Marxist ideology. (Just as feral, insipid “liberal progressives” are wholly intolerant of anyone who does not drink their brand of Vodka).
Furthermore, it was several of the largest banking houses in the world, including but not limited to the top New York bankers (American) and Wall Street financiers, who financed the Russian revolution from behind their enormous mahogany desks in New York in stealth! They supported, financed and gifted Karl Marx, a dedicated atheist, to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, which was in turn used for his travels (including one private arrangement [and the waiving of a passport requirement] completely paid for by a US Government representative) and assisted (mainly) Marx and others in fomenting the entire revolution. Karl Marx was a study in classical hypocrisy...he railed against the bourgeoisie, but salivated after and then accepted their largesse gleefully! This is an indication of his devotion to the Hegelian Dialectic...Marx never worked a day in his life. Furthermore, he married into great wealth and always had a benefactor of some sort.
Now in 1917, it just so happens that the US Government had already begun to siphon 'taxes' away from the US taxpayer. Income taxes were being confiscated (unconstitutionally, I might add) from the public, and given thru the IRS to the Federal Reserve, which had recently instituted and endorsed the printing of fiat currency (another insidious form of tight social control), as per the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. So in reality, the “bankers” didn't fund the infant Marxist Revolution, the Socialist overthrow of Russia and then parts of Europe; THEY USED THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER TO FUND IT!
Ironically, you are now funding your own destruction, all through the exact same shell game, by the same committed Marxist Socialists and Communists that have corrupted the entire planet with their venomous hatred and vitriolic, narcissistic superiority of haughty arrogance....still, you go like lambs to the slaughter, in silence or in weak whispers and unsteady gaits.
Where is the person who will take up the battle cry of Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty or give me death?” There is the unmitigated embodiment of Evil now living within the halls of our government, so pervasive and so overwhelming, that only a severe cleansing can hope to eradicate it from our soils. Where is the man, the woman who will stand and say, ENOUGH is enough. Thou canst not enslave that which God has made free. Only a fool suffers the Adversary to put chains around his wrists and balls of iron around his ankles. That which God has declared free is truly Free. BELIEVE IT; Act like it; Speak like it.
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 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. Thus, economic and military tensions between the colonists and the British 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.
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. Resolutions were presented by Patrick Henry putting the colony of Virginia "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 his famous speech, 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.
In case the point has been missed, America won her independence and became a free nation. Against all odds and a mighty foe, with firm reliance on the Hand of He Whose Provision knows no limitations, American's won their freedom from the shackles of confiscatory taxation and monarchical rulership; Shall we surrender it back to the totalitarian enemy now?
Following is the immortal speech...one that I endorse today, as a virulent and proud flag waving American. I will emphasize parts of the following for personal reasons, to highlight what I feel are imperative in their understanding and clarity. If you have gotten this far, I wonder...will the cries of our ancestors to the future generations go unanswered? Will we willingly surrender to the tempest that has grown like a demonic, monolithic spider web cutting off all forms of rescue at our disposal? Will we hear the words of Almighty God, who gave us freedom before Freedom knew Her own voice? Will we engage our children's suffering at so cheap a price? The choice is yours...choice: another of the mighty gifts from our Creator God, His holy name be blessed forever.
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

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