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FOUNDING FATHERS and War: “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” by Patrick Henry

Posted by FactReal on April 29, 2010

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PATRICK HENRY, first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia,
gave his famous and fiery speech before the Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775 imploring his fellow Americans to take up arms against the British colonialists that ended in the immortal lines “Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death!”

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FOUNDING FATHERS and War

Posted by FactReal on April 29, 2010

FRANCIS HOPKINSON, signer of the Declaration of Independence,
wrote in his “A Political Catechism” (1777) that there are 2 types of wars:
Offensive war and defensive war:

Q. What is defensive war?
A. It is to take up arms in opposition to the invasions of usurped power and bravely suffer present hardships and encounter present dangers, to secure the rights of humanity and the blessings of freedom, to generations yet unborn.
Q. Is even defensive war justifiable in a religious view?
The foundation of war is laid in the wickedness of mankind…God has given man wit to contrive, power to execute, and freedom of will to direct his conduct. It cannot be but that some, from a depravity of will, will abuse these privileges and exert these powers to the injury of others: and the oppressed would have no safety nor redress but by exerting the same powers in their defense: and it is our duty to set a proper value upon and defend to the utmost our just rights and the blessings of life: otherwise a few miscreants would tyrannize over the rest of mankind, and make the passive multitude the slaves of their power. Thus it is that defensive is not only justifiable, but an indispensable duty. [1]

PATRICK HENRY, first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia,
gave his famous and fiery speech before the Virginia House on March 23, 1775:

Give me Liberty or give me Death!
“Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing….We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances [complaints] have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation.

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There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free–if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending…we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us! They tell us, sir, that we are weak — unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? 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. Beside, 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…. The war is inevitable. and let it come! I repeat, Sir, let it come!

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace! — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have?

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![2]

Sources:
1. ^ Francis Hopkinson, The Miscellaneous Essays and Occasional Writings of Francis Hopkinson, Esq. (Philadelphia: T. Dobson, 1792), Vol. I, pp. 111-115.
2. ^ William Wirt, Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry (Philadelphia: James Webster, 1818), pp. 121-123.

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NEWS ROUNDUP: CENSUS 2010

Posted by FactReal on February 28, 2010

Updated by FactReal on June 30, 2010

SELECTED NEWS ABOUT THE 2010 U.S. CENSUS
Year 2009

  • - Why Obama wants control of the Census: Counting citizens is a powerful political tool (Feb. 10, 2009)
  • - Obama Census Plan: Use illegal aliens to redraw the political map and secure a permanent Democrat majority (April 3, 2009)
    US Census Bureau links to Obama’s ACORN (Sept. 13, 2009)
    KY Census Worker Committed Suicide – The Left had blamed the Tea Party Protesters (Nov. 24, 2009)
    KY Census worker killed himself – When will the Left retract the Kentucky census worker case smear? (Nov. 24, 2009)
    NBC’s “Law and Order” blames conservatives (Dec. 9, 2009)

    February 2010
    The Super-Sized Census Boondoggle (Feb. 5, 2010)
    Indoctrination Watch: Student contest for “best census cheer” (Feb. 5, 2010)
    The 10 Census questions (Feb 8, 2010)
    Census Bureau blows $2.5 million on reminder to be counted (Feb. 8, 2010)
    Another Census survey: The American Community Survey – Do you have difficulty dressing or bathing? (Feb. 10, 2010)
    Audit finds US census preparations wasted millions (Feb 16, 2010)
    Your tax dollars at work…fortune cookies (Feb. 22, 2010)

    March 2010
    Foot soldiers for census ease jobless rate (March 4, 2010)
    On Census survey answer “American” as your race (March 9, 2010)
    Census workers’ true confessions – 1 (March 30, 2010)
    The Census: continuing the racial divide (March 30, 2010)
    The census plan – proving bureaucracy does not work (Update) (March 30, 2010 )
    Census workers’ true confessions – 2 (March 31, 2010)
    Reuters worried that Latinos might shun Census (March 31, 2010)

    April 2010
    Obama fills out census form; Identifies his race (April 1, 2010)
    Why conservatives should fill out the census form (April 1, 2010)
    The White House is championing “Queer the Census” (April 1, 2010)
    Census workers’ true confessions – 3 (April 2, 2010)
    Obama Census Workers Are Sending Out Two Forms to Select Households (April 2, 2010)
    D.C. Leader Calls on Illegal Immigrants to Fill Out Census for Taxpayer-Funded Resources. (April 6, 2010)
    Census marketing: “Get YOUR fair share from the federal government!” (April 7, 2010)
    Obama administration has exploited the census boondoggle for both economic and ideological gain (April 7, 2010)
    Census Bureau concerned about head count problems (April 8, 2010)
    Left-wing lawyers: Minority criminals have a right to Census boondoggle jobs, too! (April 13, 2010)
    Obama’s Census: Why he checked “African-American” and forgot his white mother (April 30, 2010)

    May 2010
    Census ‘has computer problem’… (May 1, 2010)
    U.S. Census Bureau spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on unused promotional items (May 5, 2010)
    Census Bureau making up anti-government concerns (May 5, 2010)
    Census temporary jobs pad unemployment numbers (May 6, 2010)
    Census jobs help Obama’s job numbers (May 7, 2010)
    Census worker carjacked, kidnapped by teen (May 10, 2010)
    Woman raped by census worker, more (May 11, 2010)
    Census ‘to use Internet’ in future counts… (May 14, 2010)
    How many “friendly reminders” will the Census Bureau send? (May 14, 2010)
    Man bitten in stomach by Census worker’s dog… (May 19, 2010)
    Mom recognizes Census taker as sex offender (May 19, 2010)
    DHS issues arrest warrant for Census sex offender… (May 21, 2010)
    Police kill gun-wielding woman who refused to answer Census questions , more (May 22, 2010)
    Census workers become whistleblowers: Census firing & re-hiring to benefit job creation numbers (May 25, 2010)
    Libertarian Bob Barr says Census workers can enter your apartment in your absence? (May 27, 2010)

    June 2010
    Police arrest Census taker (June 1, 2010)
    The Census Bureau’s Recent History of Throwing Billions of Dollars Down the Drain (June 2, 2010)
    Census Worker Claims Job Numbers Being Inflated (June 4, 2010)
    Census Purposely Over-Hired As ‘Cost-Saving Measure’ (June 4, 2010)
    Obama cheers Census workers jobs (June 4, 2010)
    Census bureau official linked to Blagojevich (June 17, 2010)
    WAPO says incidents of hostility, violence against census workers on the rise (June 20, 2010)
    Two Census Bureau managers fired for creating 10,000 bogus questionnaires (June 26, 2010)
    How the 2010 Census will impact investments (June 29, 2010)

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