My students are reading Patrick Henry's "Speech the Virginia Convention" this week in class. Wow, great speech (or reconstruction of the speech fifty years after the fact)!
With the precarious state of our due process and civil liberties, I do not think it is an overstatement to again apply Patrick Henry's words here. "For my own part I consider it nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery."
The most famous line, of course, is the ending: "As for me, give me liberty or give me death."
Luckily, we live in a time when we aren't asked to make such sacrifice. But we definitely need to do something. At times of such pivotal importance, Henry says, "Should I keep back my opinions at such a time . . . I should consider myself as guilty of treason toward my country and . . . of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven."
Compared to risking life and livelihood, writing a letter may not seem like much. But that is the tool we have, the weapon of our words, and Mr. Henry's speech shows the power of words as they changed that room where he gave the speech, and the words changed the world.
And we know that our voice is what matters to our representatives, the voice that says that you still work for me, that you will be out of office if you don't listen, the voices that multiple to be more numerous and powerful than money and PR and special interest. Remember, also, your voice is the voice of one thousand in the count of the senate staffers. Combined with just ten, or fifty, or a hundred voices in your district and that is our multiplied power.
Please start clicking on the Issue links in the left column. Five issues. Five minutes.
- Gun ownership (2nd amendment).
- NSA occupying our homes (Is NSA phone tracking and email collection any different than the troops sitting at our kitchen table as in colonial times?).
- State's rights to protect themselves from disease and crime (10th amendment).
- The coining of money (the most powerful control of all passed from congress to private business).
- The Press being silenced.
Please take the time.
The hour is grave because of what we have forgotten.
And now there are two (er, three?). Did it matter which? After watching the debates, it seems being AGAINST Liberty is now a campaign technique. And the winners are . . . (not the Bill of Rights).
Target date is 2030
Take a failed issue. Give it a righteous new name. Get people begging for government salvation. Ram the details through in secrecy. Paranoid indeed.
A must read: on the surface it is about the people who work behind the scenes for Trump. More deeply, it is an expose on the way the world really works. How are we brought to believe what we believe?
FIA acquired emails document favorable treatment for favorable treatment
How do banks keep fees high and rates they pay low despite "Competition"? They're all owned by the same people.