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Joe Bryant

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First thing. Please do not turn this political. And I fully realize it may be impossible. We've tried and failed there. But this felt like a pretty good take on where I am.


I sent this to our subscribers last night.

WARNING: No Football News In This Email

I'd like to wish you a happy Fourth of July.

For you non-US folks, I ask you to please indulge us here today (and I know there are a bunch of you - thanks for being a part of what we're doing). We Americans are celebrating a very important holiday for us in our Independence Day.

Here's 70 seconds celebrating some fun things about the USA.

You've probably seen all these images and scenes before. And maybe some made you smile.

But there's something serious here too. And timely.

Halfway through, there's audio from a speech that says, "There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America."

I may be naive. I may be hopelessly optimistic. But I believe that.

With my whole freakin' heart.

I'm not going to deny for a second that my heart hasn't sometimes been tired or anxious or angry or sad these past few years. I'm going to guess your heart has too.

But I still believe in America.

And I believe in America because I believe in us.

And not to put too fine a point on it, but I believe in us because I believe in you.

We are what makes America. Regular people like you and me putting a greater good ahead of themselves and doing rad stuff. People showing kindness and generosity to each other. People doing their best to display empathy to one another and trying to understand when they see something differently.

This almost always looks like one thing: People assuming the best of each other.

I hope on this day today, you can be hopeful. Be encouraged.

As I do each year on this day, I won't be sending any Football news. Instead, I'm attaching the transcript of the Declaration of Independence. You can find lots more cool information about the document by clicking here.

And as there are every year, there will be some people who say I'm wrong to feel the way I do. We'll just disagree on that point. We can do that here. Or some will tell me I shouldn't send this out at all and I should just stick to football. We are about 99.99% football. This is that .01%.

If you're like me and haven't read through the document since last July 4, or if you haven't read through it in years, I'd urge you to take a couple of minutes sometime today and go through it. It's good stuff. Regardless of your political leanings.

Thanks for allowing us this non-football email today. We'll be right back onto the news for you tomorrow with the update plus we've got lots of good stuff heading your way on the website.

I hope you have a great Fourth of July.

And Peace and Grace to you.

Let's go.

Happy 4th of July from your Friends at Footballguys.

J
 
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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 bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. -Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing taxes on us without our consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:

For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:

For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samual Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
 
I read your email early this morning, Joe. Nothing at all offensive about it. In fact, you almost seemed apologetic for sending it out.

I also read the Declaration of Independence you attached to it. I sat down one day about a decade ago memorizing the meat of the document so that I'd have it on call but it didn't stick. It was nice to read it again.

Happy Fourth to everybody at FBGs and everybody on these boards that celebrates the holiday. May we all be blessed with more years of our country's stability and freedom.
 
When my brother and I were kids, we would carefully unfold the flag and hang on the front porch. Then we'd go to mass, head out to the cemetery, honor our relatives, put out the brass flag holders and flags for our deceased relatives that fought in the various wars (WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam.) Then we'd head back home and have a cookout. Honestly, I never thought I'd live to see the day we had to tiptoe around talking about our faith and celebrating the 4th of July but here we are. None of that was political that's exactly where we are right now. I still love this country with ever fiber of my being, God bless America, Happy 4th of July.
 
My daughter is at the Dodger game. She got bet to eat 6 vegan hot dogs for $20. And $20 more for every 6 thereafter. She's at 5 hot dogs, I think Joey and Miki's records are safe!
 
If you've never read the entire transcript of Thomas Paine's "Liberty or death" speech, I encourage you to do so.

Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. 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 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. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free² if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, 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! .
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!
 
If you've never read the entire transcript of Thomas Paine's "Liberty or death" speech, I encourage you to do so.

Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. 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 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. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free² if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, 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! .
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!
Unfortunately the reality of this quote loses meaning year to year. Our past was different from what our future holds.
 
If you've never read the entire transcript of Thomas Paine's "Liberty or death" speech, I encourage you to do so.

Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. 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 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. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free² if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, 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! .
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!
Unfortunately the reality of this quote loses meaning year to year. Our past was different from what our future holds.
Only if we let it be...
 
If you've never read the entire transcript of Thomas Paine's "Liberty or death" speech, I encourage you to do so.

Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. 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 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. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free² if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, 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! .
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!
Unfortunately the reality of this quote loses meaning year to year. Our past was different from what our future holds.
Only if we let it be...
Empires always fall.
 
If you've never read the entire transcript of Thomas Paine's "Liberty or death" speech, I encourage you to do so.

Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. 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 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. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free² if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, 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! .
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!
Unfortunately the reality of this quote loses meaning year to year. Our past was different from what our future holds.
"Reality"? Maybe you mean "Sentiment"?

The reality will never lose meaning. Reasonable people will always yearn for and choose freedom.

The miracle of the Founding was actual implementation of Enlightenment principles. Mankind is dichotomous - the will to dominate at odds with the desire to live free.

Until the Declaration, and later the Constitution, the ideas of Natural Law, Social Contract, and even Separation of Powers had never been codified in a manner we still enjoy today. Previously, the deck was stacked toward the despots.

Perhaps the most amazing thing as l about the Founders was that they recognized the flaws in their own character. They had the opportunity to create a new government that benefited them almost exclusively. Instead they created one that attempted to constrain the negative impulses that they knew existed mankind.

The sentiment of "I'd rather die than not live free" isn't shared by everyone today - and it never has been. But that doesn't negate that it lives on in the hearts and minds of huge swathes of people across the globe.

The current debate is a great example of this - we're trying to figure it out how to reasonably allow masses of people INTO our country. We're not discussing things like walls in an an attempt to keep people from leaving.
 
If you've never read the entire transcript of Thomas Paine's "Liberty or death" speech, I encourage you to do so.

Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. 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 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. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free² if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, 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! .
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!
Unfortunately the reality of this quote loses meaning year to year. Our past was different from what our future holds.
Only if we let it be...
Empires always fall.
True. I wouldn't consider the US an "empire" though, and I would argue that the Constitution was written with rules to prevent us from being one.
 
If you've never read the entire transcript of Thomas Paine's "Liberty or death" speech, I encourage you to do so.

Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. 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 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. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free² if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, 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! .
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!
Unfortunately the reality of this quote loses meaning year to year. Our past was different from what our future holds.
"Reality"? Maybe you mean "Sentiment"?

The reality will never lose meaning. Reasonable people will always yearn for and choose freedom.

The miracle of the Founding was actual implementation of Enlightenment principles. Mankind is dichotomous - the will to dominate at odds with the desire to live free.

Until the Declaration, and later the Constitution, the ideas of Natural Law, Social Contract, and even Separation of Powers had never been codified in a manner we still enjoy today. Previously, the deck was stacked toward the despots.

Perhaps the most amazing thing as l about the Founders was that they recognized the flaws in their own character. They had the opportunity to create a new government that benefited them almost exclusively. Instead they created one that attempted to constrain the negative impulses that they knew existed mankind.

The sentiment of "I'd rather die than not live free" isn't shared by everyone today - and it never has been. But that doesn't negate that it lives on in the hearts and minds of huge swathes of people across the globe.

The current debate is a great example of this - we're trying to figure it out how to reasonably allow masses of people INTO our country. We're not discussing things like walls in an an attempt to keep people from leaving.

Am I way off? I think it was Patrick Henry of VA that gave that speech.
 
He gave another speech where I think he said—and I just quoted it the other day:

“Caesar had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell and George the Third — .”

At that point he was interrupted by cries of “Treason! Treason!” from delegates who easily recognized the reference to assassinated leaders.

Henry paused briefly, then calmly finished his sentence:

“...may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it.”

Good to see you all writing on the Fourth. I think this is a precarious time both on the domestic front and foreign ones—I wish all you FBGs continued happiness, per our Declaration. Peace, fellas. Take care.
 
It's a beautiful day here in Denvah! Sunny, 80 degrees, 19% humidity. Will be grilling burgers soon... the only thing that would make this better would be to be able to stream the Boston Pops live for free.
 
If you've never read the entire transcript of Thomas Paine's "Liberty or death" speech, I encourage you to do so.

Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. 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 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. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free² if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, 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! .
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!
Unfortunately the reality of this quote loses meaning year to year. Our past was different from what our future holds.
"Reality"? Maybe you mean "Sentiment"?

The reality will never lose meaning. Reasonable people will always yearn for and choose freedom.

The miracle of the Founding was actual implementation of Enlightenment principles. Mankind is dichotomous - the will to dominate at odds with the desire to live free.

Until the Declaration, and later the Constitution, the ideas of Natural Law, Social Contract, and even Separation of Powers had never been codified in a manner we still enjoy today. Previously, the deck was stacked toward the despots.

Perhaps the most amazing thing as l about the Founders was that they recognized the flaws in their own character. They had the opportunity to create a new government that benefited them almost exclusively. Instead they created one that attempted to constrain the negative impulses that they knew existed mankind.

The sentiment of "I'd rather die than not live free" isn't shared by everyone today - and it never has been. But that doesn't negate that it lives on in the hearts and minds of huge swathes of people across the globe.

The current debate is a great example of this - we're trying to figure it out how to reasonably allow masses of people INTO our country. We're not discussing things like walls in an an attempt to keep people from leaving.

Am I way off? I think it was Patrick Henry of VA that gave that speech.
:doh: Of course it was.

For Thomas Paine one should read Common Sense
 
If you've never read the entire transcript of Thomas Paine's "Liberty or death" speech, I encourage you to do so.

Sir, we have done everything that could be done, to avert the storm which is now coming on. 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 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. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free² if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained, 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! .
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!
Unfortunately the reality of this quote loses meaning year to year. Our past was different from what our future holds.
"Reality"? Maybe you mean "Sentiment"?

The reality will never lose meaning. Reasonable people will always yearn for and choose freedom.

The miracle of the Founding was actual implementation of Enlightenment principles. Mankind is dichotomous - the will to dominate at odds with the desire to live free.

Until the Declaration, and later the Constitution, the ideas of Natural Law, Social Contract, and even Separation of Powers had never been codified in a manner we still enjoy today. Previously, the deck was stacked toward the despots.

Perhaps the most amazing thing as l about the Founders was that they recognized the flaws in their own character. They had the opportunity to create a new government that benefited them almost exclusively. Instead they created one that attempted to constrain the negative impulses that they knew existed mankind.

The sentiment of "I'd rather die than not live free" isn't shared by everyone today - and it never has been. But that doesn't negate that it lives on in the hearts and minds of huge swathes of people across the globe.

The current debate is a great example of this - we're trying to figure it out how to reasonably allow masses of people INTO our country. We're not discussing things like walls in an an attempt to keep people from leaving.

Am I way off? I think it was Patrick Henry of VA that gave that speech.
:doh: Of course it was.

Andy man, you know your stuff really well, so I figured it was a pamphlet I had not read. I thought I was missing something there. I even double-checked and I still wasn’t sure.

Hey, Happy Fourth, GB! Take care of yourself and hoist one for me.
 
My dog's least favorite holiday by far. Cinco de Mayo and and Chinese New Year don't even come close.

Lou's been hiding and shaking for hours and it's still light out.
 

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