Friday, July 31, 2009
The Best for Last
Since any talk about our founding fathers would have to include George Washington, I touch upon him lightly because he is well known and I was trying to mention those who are a little less on the tip of the tongue. There is one thing that I didn't know about the man -- he had a list of 110 Rules of Civility. They are kind of interesting, and I recommend the reading of them.
However, the men I have spotlighted haven't necessarily been in that order (we all know Benjamin Franklin) but I'm hoping to enlighten as well as to inspire. These men were generally greatly educated and willing to expound upon their thoughts and feelings. One such was Patrick Henry.
I knew the line for which he is famous, but I wasn't entirely sure of the name. Now I know I won't forget it. I think sometimes, that extreme times bring about deep feelings and great passion. Such is happening now, and the same such happened at the birth of our nation. As we close the month of July, let us who desire to add our note to history through the written word take note of those who came before and model our desires after them. They were not in things to make money from their writings, they were trying to shape a nation. Many of them suffered as a result of their choices, along with their families. But we stand today in this land of freedom, and know that we have been given a gift. A wonderful gift that I hope we never squander.
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!