"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty.
Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.
Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force.
Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined."
Patrick Henry
(1736-1799) US Founding Father
Virginia Convention on the ratification of the Constitution, June 5, 1788, in_Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution,_ Jonathan Elliot, ed., v.3 p.45 (Philadelphia, 1836)
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No truer words could be said over 200 years ago that are so important to the current events of today!
 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    Compare this to Clinton's quote "We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans..." and you'd better decide NOW which side you are on. Will you defend liberty with your life?
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    Let it be clear that the right to bear arms and to maintain State militias (not 'national' military) are fundamental pillars of free republics and ultimately of individual liberty itself.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    McKinley (founder of the fed. income tax) Deserved it and his killer and American Liberator, Leon CZogosz, should have been given a medal around his neck and not a noose.

    Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco [Mes(-)Van Dongen] Buday
     -- Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco [Mes(-)Van Dongen] Buday, Vancouver, GVRD(Paine County), BC/Lower Mainland (State of Neo Sumer), US of Eh!(USoA)     
    Patrick Henry is reminding us of what t will take to turn this country around and give America back to Americans.
     -- Me Again     
    Who are the Patrick Henry's of today?
     -- Bruce, Savannah, TN     
    Now is the time to stand up and fight for Liberty and Freedom.
     -- Bob, Gunbarrel City, Texas     
    There is a ground-swell of true patriotism coursing through the veins of OUR country! We are the Patrick Henry's of today and we must be willing, as he was, to defend our rights, our liberties, and our counrtry before they are lost.
     -- Gideon, Waynesville     
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    I think that Rep T. McCotter is a REAL patriot.
     -- Liz Davis, Tucson     
    I have already served my country ! and now my country is trying to take it all away with the corrupt government of Shasta pronounced (shaft you ) County Ca. If we done give it away Your Gov. will destroy you with it due to their greed and ignorance
     -- a USA patriot, Shingletown     
    Public liberty is an oxymoron. There is only individual liberty.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Vera, Monroe      
    Wish we had some Patrick Henrys today.
     -- jim k, Austin     
    There again, a Swing set on every lawn. on the WH lawn and every State !
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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