So much meaning and passion in one small sentence. Timeless in its impact. Applicable for an eternity as long as men want to remain free.
Possibly the finest speech in the English language, and it appears that Mr. Henry was right to smell a rat, too.
As an aside, I am an admirer of St. George Tucker. One more contribution to chalk up to his name.
My local PBS station recently aired a documentary explaining the events leading up to the speech. It concludes with a dramatic reenactment of the oration inside St. John's Church - period costumes, characters, brilliant acting. A DVD of the program is available at no charge for educational organizations and can be purchased by individuals using the link below:
He sounds subversive to me. I think this should be classified as hate speech. Hate speech compounded by the fact that he promotes violence against his betters in the Mother Country. And with his froo-froo outfit, he is obviously mocking Barney Frank.
And I might add the anecdote about the man who heard the speech leaning through a window and wrote to his wife "The first time in my life I heard a politician speak common sense. I want to be buried beneath that window, so I can rise to hear political common sense again..."
You can see his UNDISTURBED grave and tombstone under the window...still awaiting more common sense.
These days the call is to: "Give me your liberty and we'll give you death panels"