"If we would be free, if we mean to hold inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have so long contended, if we mean not basely to abandon the noble cause for which we have so long endured, and to which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon, until the glorious object of our contest should be obtained, then we must fight! I repeat Sir, we must fight! A call to arms and an appeal to the God of hosts is all that we have left."
Patrick Henry
(1736-1799) US Founding Father
"The War Inevitable" speech to the Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775
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The sound of courage and of right convictions.

The nobility of his spirit and intentions resounds through the generations.

An American Colossus.
 -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:" (Ecc 3:1) That most inviolate nobility of freedom and liberty was illuminated by: "our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. . . . in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. . . . that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." (Gettysburg Address)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Jim K, Austin      
    God of our fathers, known of old-
    Lord of our far-flung battle line-
    Beneath whose awful hand we hold
    Dominion over palm and pine-
    Lord God of Host, be with us yet,
    Lest we forget-lest we forget.
    " Recessional" by, Rudyard Kipling
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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     -- Rita J, Richland      
    Even though we have been blessed by arrival of Trump, our present dire situation living under corrupt govt is not far removed from the same facing-down of despotism of which Henry speaks.
     -- Mark, Aurora, CO     
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    Today's battlefield is the same as the old -- the hearts and minds of the People. Let there be no mistake, it is war.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Intending to act in the direction with the express purposes of maiming, killing the mentally ill is mental illness.  The direction for the mentally healthy is the long, slow path to rehabilitation and recovery. Slowly you move ever so carefully and cautiously disseminating the lessons of liberty and life. 
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
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