Give me Liberty or give me Death!

Posted on July 13, 2017

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The American colonials still kept hoping that there would be peace in America. But Delegate Patrick Henry knew that the British masters would never give the colonials freedom. In the Second Virginia Convention on March 20, 1775, Mr. Patrick Henry delivered this immortal speech:

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 hath placed in our power.

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.

Besides, 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.

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 inevitable²and let it come!

I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter.

Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace²but 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!

PATRICK burning

With the utter destruction of Marawi City, the proposed further extension of Martial Law, the calling up of Filipino reservists to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the exile of police scalawags to Marawi, the issuance of IDs for Muslims only in Central Luzon and the proposed Muslim IDs all over the Philippines, then perhaps the Muslims / Moros of the Philippines should read this speech by Patrick Henry and be inspired by him. Before it’s too late.

 

The Moros must now really think things over. Minorities decay exponentially.  Their number is being reduced by the day — not only by killings but by poverty. And some members  of the younger generation are being integrated into the Indio-Filipino lifestyle and moral values. Some of them have forgotten or have lost their heritage and cultural values.

They, the Bangsa Moro, should listen well to the words of 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 (read: Indio-Filipino) shall be stationed in every house?”

 
That is exactly what is going on in Marawi. In the land of our forefathers, the Indios reign supreme. They ask for IDs, they frisk and grope our bodies looking for weapons. They enter our homes, loot our properties, … all in the name of protecting the country from Terrorists!

Many of our leaders are quiet and still praying for Peace.


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?”

 

 

The time to decide is NOW.

Liberty or Slavery?!

The choice is ours.

 

 

 


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