What would you choose - liberty or security? If you would choose security, how much liberty would you be willing to sacrifice, and for how much and what types of security?
There are several excellent quote contained within this speech. Most of us are familiar with the the last phrase of the last sentence, but few have read the entire speech. Fewer still know the circumstances or timing of the speech. Mr. Henry was addressing the Virginia House of Burgesses in March 1775 in response to … Continue reading PATRICK HENRY – GIVE ME LIBERTY or GIVE ME DEATH
You remember, sir, the conclusion of the speech, so often declaimed in various ways by school-boys '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 … Continue reading A Witness Account of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty…” Speech
Our Constitution of these United States of America is at present under a serious and secretive attack. Some are beginning to see the effects of that attack. Others yet remain asleep, or worse, welcome the destruction of our liberties under this pernicious attack. James Madison wrote regarding another attack on liberties, words that we today … Continue reading James Madison – Preservation of a free government
IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776. THE UNANIMOUS DECLARATION OF THE THIRTEEN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WHEN, in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume, among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which … Continue reading US Declaration of Independence
In May 1788, Thomas Jefferson wrote one of the most prescient statements of his career: “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.” From Thomas Jefferson to Edward Carrington, 27 May 1788 To Edward Carrington Paris May 27. 1788. Dear Sir I have received with great pleasure your … Continue reading Liberty to yield…
Letter to William Stephens Smith, Paris, Nove 13, 1787 Paris, November 13, 1787 DEAR SIR, -- I am now to acknoledge the receipt of your favors of October the 4th, 8th, & 26th. In the last you apologise for your letters of introduction to Americans coming here. It is so far from needing apology on … Continue reading Thomas Jefferson — Tree of Liberty
“Other circumstances, combined with the increase of numbers, have produced an augmentation of revenue arising from consumption in a ratio far beyond that of population alone; and though the changes in foreign relations now taking place so desirably for the whole world may for a season affect this branch of revenue, yet weighing all probabilities … Continue reading Excerpts from Thomas Jefferson’s 1st State of the Union Address