Friday, September 14, 2012

What Men!!!

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.” — John Adams

“[L]iberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.” — John Adams, 1765

“Let justice be done though the heavens should fall.” — John Adams in a letter in 1777

“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” — Samuel Adams, 1779

“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” — Benjamin Franklin at the signing of the Declaration of Independence

“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Ben Franklin, 1759

“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” — Ben Franklin, 1766

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” — Nathan Hale’s last words before being hanged by British

“There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double the reward on my head!” — John Hancock after signing his name in large letters on the Declaration of Independence

“The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I Am Not A Virginian, But An American!” — Patrick Henry in 1774 after the Boston Tea Party.

“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!” — Patrick Henry

“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, Sir, let it come!” — Patrick Henry

“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 has placed in our power.” — Patrick Henry

“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.” — Patrick Henry

“That these are our grievances which we have thus laid before his majesty, with that freedom of language and sentiment which becomes a free people claiming their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.” — Thomas Jefferson, 1774

“Our properties within our own territories [should not] be taxed or regulated by any power on earth but our own.” — Thomas Jefferson, 1774

“I have not yet begun to fight!” — John Paul Jones

“I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm’s way.” — John Paul Jones, 1778

“One of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one’s house. A man’s house is his castle.” — James Otis, 1761

“These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their county; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny like hell is not easily conquered yet we have this consolation with us, the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.” — Tom Paine after the Declaration of Independence

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” — Tom Paine

“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” — Tom Paine, 1776

“Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.” — Captain John Parker, 1775

“Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes! Then fire low!” — Israel Putnam at the Battle Of Bunker Hill

“Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.” — Benjamin Rush, 1773

“Yonder are the Hessians. They were bought for seven pounds and tenpence a man. Are you worth more? Prove it. Tonight the American flag floats from yonder hill or Molly Stark sleeps a widow!” — John Stark at the Battle of Bennington in 1777

“Nevertheless, to the persecution and tyranny of his cruel ministry we will not tamely submit — appealing to Heaven for the justice of our cause, we determine to die or be free.” — Joseph Warren, 1775

“We began a contest for liberty ill provided with the means for the war, relying on our patriotism to supply the deficiency. We expected to encounter many wants and distressed, we must bear the present evils and fortitude.” — George Washington in 1781

“Our own Country’s Honor, all call upon us for a vigorous and manly exertion, and if we now shamefully fail, we shall become infamous to the whole world. Let us therefore rely upon the goodness of the Cause, and the aid of the supreme Being, in whose hands Victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble Actions — The Eyes of all our Countrymen are now upon us, and we shall have their blessings, and praises, if happily we are the instruments of saving them from the Tyranny mediated against them. Let us therefore animate and encourage each other, and show the whole world, that a free man contending for Liberty on his own ground is superior to any slavish mercenary on earth.” — George Washington, 1776

“The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are free men, fighting for the blessings of Liberty — that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men.” — George Washington, 1776

“Unhappy it is, though, to reflect that a brother’s sword has been sheathed in a brother’s breast and that the once-happy plains of America are either to be drenched with blood or inhabited by slaves. Sad alternative! But can a virtuous man hesitate in his choice?” — George Washington in a letter to a friend

“Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for I have not only grown gray, but almost blind, in the service of my country.” — George Washington to officers of the Continental Army who seemed to be plotting insurrection after Congress refused to give them aid. According to the book, “The Wars Of America,” many of the men were “overcome” and began “openly weeping.” They then agreed to “leave their problems in Washington’s hands.”

*****

I get shivers down my spine when I read Patrick Henry's words, but here we also have Washington, Franklin, Stark, Parker, Jefferson, Rush, Hancock, Paine, Adams, Adams and Hale.

14 comments:

drjim said...

Yes, they were truly great men.

Baek In-je said...

“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” — Samuel Adams, 1779

Oh, Sam! Thou says the craziest sh*t when thou is drunk. I say, old fellow, this ale you have brewed is brilliant.
Oh, I totally want to drink with Sam!

Baek, In-je (it means 'white J" in Korean. I have a comedy and satire blog in Korea. Check me out!

http://baekinjeshow.blogspot.kr/

hiswiserangel said...

Sadly, this is what's missing in public "indoctrination". So much of this is not taught in our public schools, or is taught with the taint of liberalism. I start to say wirecutter's blog should be required reading for our young, but then the tits are peeking at me from under the comment form.

rpm2day said...

Great post as usual.
Unfortunately too much of what they warned against is in progress now, especially paragraphs four and seven.

Anonymous said...

Ann Barnhardt is pretty fiesty too! Below is her taking on jihad towel heads:

"You can come after me if you want, boys. You come after me. That's fine. I have no problem laying down my life: for my fellow Americans, for my fellow human beings, and for the Church. I have no problem with that. Come and get it. But I'm not going to lay down. That is not what Christ commands. There are times when we have to fight. We fight evil. We fight the evil in the world, and this crap is EVIL.

My name is Ann Barnhardt. I'm at 9175 Kornbrust Circle, 80124, in Lone Tree, Colorado. Anybody who wants a piece of me is more than welcome to come and get it. That goes for Lindsey Graham, anyone in the government who thinks that this is a crime, or any muslims who would like to come and get a piece of me. I've had enough of this crap. I am not going to bow. I am not going to submit to islam, ever. EVER."

East Of The Pecos said...

Every time I read the words of these brave, noble men, I realize that I revere them as much, if not more, than God Almighty.

If that is Blasphemy, then so be it.

c w swanson said...

It's always good to be reminded of how truly revolutionary our founders really were, and how well they understood human nature.

traveling lite and well heeled said...

UNITED WE STAND
DIVIDED WE FALL

has this country fell far enough yet ? will a majority of the people ever truly stand united ?
you as citizens of a free nation have a duty to teach your children what made this country and sadly what has made it into what it is today
the men who made the statments worked and died to make a better future for the next generations
the generations of today are the NOW Generation - ipod cell phone video game newest computer texting facebooking -don't give a shit about anyone but themselves sheeple

i am but one man alone
if i take a stand alone it will be for naught but a news article if they deem it newsworthy

hiswiserangel
tits never hurt anyone
if we were lucky we started life with one in our mouth ;)

stil
traveling lite and well heeled

Brock Townsend said...

From another century.

“I would rather give my life than betray a friend or my country.”
--Sam Davis

Pastor John Weaver on The Death of Sam Davis
http://freenorthcarolina.blogspot.com/2012/06/pastor-john-weaver-on-death-of-sam.html

Grog said...

You're also one of those Men, Wire. You, Brock, Bill, and a host of others. You use more direct language, but it's the same perspective.

Anonymous said...

Men with a passion and men with virtue these people we call our founding fathers. What is any democracy without leaders who have not either. These men were brilliant thinkers and statesmen. The grand government which they created was but an experiment and we are witnessing the decay and subversion of the greatest government ever to exist on this planet. For what? Greed and self grandisement.
The greatest generation were told they fought a war to end all wars. So they left the national security and world peace to elected officials. Little did they know that the military war complex and bankers could never let that happpen. Greed and corruption could not stop having peace... No profit in peace. So they extort and payoff politicians to fund policing and humanitarian actions (formally known as war) so they can reap the cash.
There can be no peace. There will never be an end to the war. No end to the war on drugs. Too many profits to be made. Too many employed in these industries.
Our leaders are too worried about foreign government interests and not our own. Do you think Russia thinks about anything else than thier interests, China? Japan? Korea? Fuck no. But this administration is worried about everyone else but us. Well, got a little off track here but one thing led to another... Sorry Patriots.

Brock Townsend said...

There will never be an end to the war. No end to the war on drugs. Too many profits to be made. Too many employed in these industries

Agreed, unless forced to do so.

davecydell said...

I get shivers down my spine when I read N-Obama's words, then the shivers go right into my ass and I wanna crap for hours.

Leigh Haines said...

Being a relatively local boy; General John Stark is one of my favorites....

After serving with distinction throughout the rest of the war, Stark retired to his farm in Derryfield. It has been said that of all the Revolutionary War generals, Stark was the only true Cincinnatus because he truly retired from public life at the end of the war. In 1809, a group of Bennington veterans gathered to commemorate the battle. General Stark, then aged 81, was not well enough to travel, but he sent a letter to his comrades, which closed “Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.” The motto “Live Free or Die” became the New Hampshire state motto in 1945. Stark and the Battle of Bennington were later commemorated with the 306-foot tall Bennington Battle Monument and a statue of Stark in Bennington, Vermont. He passed away on May 8, 1822

from: http://theghostofjohnstark.blogspot.com/

Live free or die.
Death is not the greatest of evils.

Never have truer words been spoken.

Leigh Haines
Whitehall, NY