The “Out Spake Brave Horatius” Quote:
“Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the Gate:
To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
And the temples of his gods”
-Macauley, Lays of Ancient Rome
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Let Horatius Inspire You to Fight On
The above “Then out spake brave Horatius” quote by Macauley was one of Winston Churchill’s famous quotations, as I noted in my review of The Last Lion. It guided his life and inspired his “we shall fight on the beaches” speech.
Let it guide your life too.
These are dark days. Biden is freeing illegal immigrants, coming for your guns, and pursuing a host of other ridiculously radical policies. He is attacking American values and, at this point, all might seem lost. The culture war is going poorly, conservatives are shut out of the government, the election was stolen yet no one in power will say so, and America appears to be drifting ever more toward tyranny. None of that is good.
But that doesn’t mean all hope is lost and, even if it did, that wouldn’t mean that you should throw up your hands in resignation and stop fighting. It would just mean you should fight on all the harder, perishing “for the ashes of [your] fathers, and the temples of [your] gods” while “facing fearful odd.s”
Ayn Rand, in Anthem, expressed a similar sentiment. At one point in that short novel, the protagonist is thinking about all that was lost when mankind fell to the collectivist state and thinks about those brave few that remained fighting to the bitter end.
He says, “Perhaps, in those days, there were a few among men, a few of clear sight and clean soul, who refused to surrender that word. What agony must have been theirs before that which they saw coming and could not stop! Perhaps they cried out in protest and in warning. But men paid no heed to their warning. And they, these few, fought a hopeless battle, and they perished with their banners smeared by their own blood. And they chose to perish, for they knew. To them, I send my salute across the centuries, and my pity.”
What made their memory worth honoring was that they never surrendered. They kept fighting.
It’s much the same for conservatives now, as it has been for conservatives at many points in the West’s long history. Time after time, the left has convinced the masses to support it, and the result has been tyranny.
Hitler convinced the German people to support him and the dark grip of tyranny almost extended across all of Europe. Were it not for Churchill’s backbone of steel, built by Macauley’s “out spake brave Horatius” quote, Europe would have fallen to the Nazis. But in those dark days, Churchill fought on against the socialist menace that was ravaging Europe.
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Lenin and Stalin did the same. They convinced the Russian serfs to support them and rose to power, turning the entire country into a totalitarian hellscape. Were it not for brave conservatives like Churchill and Patton that stood up to them in those early days, the Soviet Bear could have kept expanding to the West and subsumed the free world.
Jimmy Carter, LBJ, and Ford sent America into a state of deep decay and malaise. Things were getting worse and no one seemed able to make them better. America was in one of its darkest periods. Then Reagan was elected. America was back, and Americans were proud of their country once again. Socialism in America was, temporarily, crushed.
Now Biden is in charge. Trump has been tossed from office by a combination of an ungrateful public and massive levels of voter fraud. Biden is wrecking the country and it’s only been a few days. Nothing that is happening is going our way.
The only path to salvation is fighting on. Sure, it might not be successful. We might lose. But, no matter what, the fight is worth it. Listen to or read Macauley’s “out spake brave Horatius” quote. Even if it means perishing, what better way is there to do so than perishing for your fathers, culture, and gods? Never surrender, never give in.
By: Gen Z Conservative