It was yesterday afternoon that Vick and I were welcomed to a cookout as a guest of our friend Lynda. It was being held in a grove, on a farm here in New York...by a family that we now know much better. It was a privilege and a pleasure to meet Jill’s husband, Bill. They are by far...the most patriotic family I have met here in New York since we’ve moved here, almost five years ago. They had a huge area selectively cleared for the party area...with fresh mowed grass and plenty of shade...and log benches to sit upon. They had several bands scheduled to play out in an adjacent field, with a humongous bandstand with power and they had planned fireworks for after dark, executed by a professional pyro-technician. There were hundreds of people there with lots to eat and drink and there was a separate building in the shade called “Grandma’s Homemade Root beer Floats”, where their daughter Star, was handing out floats and ice cream.
All the food and drink was provided by Bill, Jill and their family.....at no cost to anyone else invited. WHY? Because they love to celebrate Independence Day! The fourth of July is so important to them that their teen aged daughter Star, (16 years old...) presented a word for word recital of Patrick Henry’s address to the Virginia convention on March 23rd, 1775. After a stellar portrayal of that address, her dad, Bill... asked, "How long will men remain quiet and complacent with our present day tyranny and have to be reminded by a young girl?" He mentioned that a young girl also asked such questions of the patriots of 1775, which stirred them to action. He also stated that, "A revolt is surely coming...(which we all feel)...just as surely as it was brewing back then...in 1775!"
I began to wonder at that statement....Are not the following words of Patrick Henry still true today?
“It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.”
Will we remain silent and indulge in false hope until our government and the world turn us into cornered beasts? And what about all the talk of men, saying that some who predict this are radical...for I have been regarded as such...by strangers AND EVEN family members, no less.... But once again... liken this thought to Patrick Henry’s 1775 words.
“Different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do, opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely, and without reserve. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offence, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country and of an act of disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.”
I believe the Islamic Jihad waged against us by the Muslim radicals is securely in place...defended by puppets like Obama and others in our government and we face the same tyrannical suppression of our freedom as before in 1775.
I say, as did Patrick Henry.....
“Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations; and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.”
What better time to declare that I know the war is coming....why I already know that we are in the war... a religious war as far as the Muslims are concerned... A Struggle for world dominance through oil, giving wealth to our greedy political leaders and a power struggle to control people...from world leaders... all the way down to our local politicians who simply want to be better than those around them and dictate who can do what and how!
Do I feel like Patrick Henry? Do I also feel like Bill, our host yesterday?
Hell yes!!!!...Give me liberty or give me death also! What better feeling is there to remember those who did die for freedom? That’s what yesterday was all about!
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