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!Today, President Barry signed a bill mandating socialized medicine, and answered "None of the above."
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
None Of The Above
Two hundred thirty-five years ago today, Patrick Henry famously culminated a speech at St. John's Church in Richmond with a phrase which resounds even now: