The Quote by Patrick Henry on Liberty or Death
“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
I like this quote by Patrick Henry on liberty or death because it really shows what the Founding Fathers found important; liberty. Like the Samuel Adams quote on wealth and liberty that I posted earlier, and the Samuel Adams quote on defending liberty that I’ve analyzed, it shows that they had the right priorities.
Instead of worrying about money and tranquility, they cared about morality and liberty. They worried about living life well and the right way, not about being comfortable. That is a lesson that Americans need to relearn. We should desire to be a free people that live product lives, not a people forever holed up in our houses and hoping to be safe but under the thumb of tyrants. We should be like the protestors for freedom in Hong Kong. They desire freedom and understand the importance of it. They would be the ones that understand this quote by Patrick Henry on liberty or death.
Today, too many Americans would rather have tranquil life under a tyrannical government than be free and have to constantly struggle for that freedom.
For example, they have disregarded George Washington’s advice that we should always protect freedom of speech. Instead of doing that, they have advocated for the government to implement “hate speech” legislation. They prefer the tranquility of legislating away any potentially difficult to listen to speech.
But, they will soon find themselves unable to say anything critical of the government or others because they have given up their right to free speech. Never before have the rights of individual Americans been in such a precarious position. Well, perhaps the dark days described in Washington’s Crossing were a bit more severe. But still, other than that, our liberty is at stake like a few times before.
That is a recent shift and just one example of how many Americans no longer care about liberty. Past generations didn’t worry about fighting. Instead, they fought and fought to win. That’s the point, I think, of this quote by Patrick Henry on liberty or death. Americans like Patrick Henry used to understand what he meant and wanted to fight and win for their liberty. Today, Americans no longer understand that and aren’t willing to fight and win for their liberty like the patriots of days past that are referenced in this quote by Patrick Henry on liberty.
Even if those past patriots died, they died content because they knew that what they were doing was good and just. They were dying in defense of liberty. We should relearn that mindset and start teaching it to our children so that they know the honor of dying a good death in defense of as noble an ideal as liberty.
I hope you enjoyed this quote by Patrick Henry on liberty or death!
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