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Give me liberty or give me death! Happy Independence Day

July 4, 2016

  Happy Independence Day everyone, I would like to share a couple of videos with you today in remembrance of the times.

  Perhaps the greatest speech anyone has ever given was delivered on March 23rd, 1775 by Patrick Henry when he made his famous call to arms with his “give me liberty or give me death” speech. It is interesting to note the influence the Bible had on this speech. See Luke 22:48, Jeremiah 6:14, Jeremiah 8:11, Jeremiah 6:22, and Matthew 20:6.

  I think my favorite line from the speech is “shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the illusive phantom of Hope.”  In my opinion Patrick Henry was a master orator and showman, I love the way this speech starts out slow and builds to its crescendo. 

  Here is a good video of the speech, it comes from a short film from 1936 entitled “Give Me Liberty.” Enjoy:

  I sometimes wonder if over the course of hundreds of years people have lost the perspective of what actually happened on July 4th, 1776 when the Founders voted to free themselves from the yolk of Great Britain. July 4th, 1776 is known as Independence Day but I wonder how many people think this was the day we won our freedom.

  I wonder how many people think we declared our freedom and it was a happy day because we were at last free, but that is not how it happened. Actually there were many years of fighting needed to secure this declaration and the men who declared independence that day understood the gravity of their actions–if they were caught they would be hanged as traitors to the Crown.

  Here is a video from the HBO miniseries “John Adams,” if you have not seen this miniseries you need to because it was remarkable! The thing I love about this scene is how it portrays the gravity of the situation and how the Founders understood what they had just done–there was no celebration of the outcome of the vote, the celebration did not occur until much later.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. July 4, 2016 8:48 am

    Have a a great day with your family Steve. Best wishes.

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  2. July 4, 2016 10:48 am

    Yep. If you heard this from me in the past, you can just move along.

    Today has ALWAYS been July 4. That’s not what makes it special. What makes it special in this country is that it’s our Independence Day.

    I don’t understand why people persist in calling it by its date and nott the name which makes it important. Nobody’s ever wished me a Merry December 25, a Happy January 1, or even a happy February 2.

    Other countries honor their ntal days proudly: July 1 is Canada Day to our northern neighbors, and in ten days, the French will celebrate Bastille Day. If you went into a tavern in Ottawa and said “Happy July 1!” they’d look at you as if you were a bit off. (They’re way polite.)

    Can we eliminate the term “July Fourth” from our vocabulary unless we’re talking about appointments and due dates on invoices? The day is our Independence Day and we shouldn’t act as if we’re ashamed of it.

    Take good care and may God bless us all!


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    • lou222 permalink
      July 4, 2016 11:41 am

      TGY, excellent comment!

      Liked by 1 person

    • July 4, 2016 6:44 pm

      This is one of those rare times when we are in 100% agreement! I do not understand when or why we stopped calling it Independence Day but I think it takes away from the meaning of what we are celebrating.

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  3. lou222 permalink
    July 4, 2016 11:42 am

    I watched both clips and some on the side of them in “youtube”, will try and find the mini-series and watch it…have not seen it, thanks, Steve.

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    • July 4, 2016 6:45 pm

      You are welcome and you will not regret watching John Adams, HBO really did a great job with it!


      • lou222 permalink
        July 4, 2016 6:49 pm

        Now, IF I could only get you to watch……………..:)

        Liked by 1 person

      • July 4, 2016 6:56 pm

        LOL! I know where you are going with that. I actually DVRed (is that a word) it one time but somebody erased it.

        Liked by 1 person

      • lou222 permalink
        July 4, 2016 8:32 pm

        Haha, figured you did…..hope you have had an enjoyable weekend, Steve. Tomorrow it is back to the old grind!

        Liked by 1 person

      • July 5, 2016 5:26 am

        I did have a great weekend, I hope you did as well!

        Liked by 1 person

  4. July 4, 2016 1:40 pm

    Never give the enemy the option – they’d rather kill and murder than give freedom and true liberty!
    “… illusive phantom of Hope.” Isn’t that the same Lie platform this current serpent led administration sold to the public?
    Even this stance brings to mind things that show that within the nature of mankind there resists a fallen nature that’s lacking.
    What’s impossible for mankind IS possible for the Creator GOD:
    HOPE, CHARITY & LIFE – the QUALITIES OF GOD – our independence is dependent ON & IN HIM.

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