Where Is Our Patrick Henry?

There has been copious speculation about who will arise to oppose Barack Hussein Obama at the end of his first and only term in office. There are almost as many ideas as there are people disgusted with the path of our country. I am looking for something more than an ideal candidate that can win an election. Instead of a politician running for an office, I would suggest we should be looking for a statesman… a leader with a vision and passion.

We often think of men like Washington, Jefferson, Adams… presidents all, but they were not alone in building the fledgling nation. There were others who drove the cause of freedom, helping pave the way to our independence. Patrick Henry was one of these who guided the our country into the light of independence. This future governor of Virginia is credited with helping his contemporaries see the need for independence and helping them to commit to fighting for it.

Through the years, his words have inspired many to a greater belief in both liberty and themselves. He demonstrated a single minded dedication to his country and its people. In view of the hazardous days ahead for our nation, it would be well to study these ideas coming from this man who loved his land and loved liberty.

It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ! For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.

 

It is when people forget God that tyrants forge their chains.

 

Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.

 

Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation, that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense?

 

The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun.

The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.

 

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.

 

The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.

 

Fear is the passion of slaves.

 

O sir, we should have fine times, indeed, if, to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people! Your arms, wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone; and you have no longer an aristocratical, no longer a democratical spirit. Did you ever read of any revolution in a nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all?

 

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!

 

If This Be Treason, Make The Most Of It!

Today we honor this man and his devotion. We see him as a hero of the first American revolution, yet are we ready to emulate him? Often our respect for law and order turns us into compliant servants of a government that is taking us down the road to financial and spiritual ruin. As we sing the praises of Patrick Henry, we need to remember that had the revolution failed, he would have experienced the short drop with a sudden stop at the end of a hangman’s rope… and we are afraid of minor infractions in our fight to remain free.


About the Author:
Larry Miller After far too many years of working in IT and involvement in political activity, Larry Miller now designs business and political websites at www.simplewebs.biz and recently began the web site and blog www.PoliticalChristian.org as a resource for Christians in the public arena.
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