Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Liberty Quote Of The Day: Patrick Henry

From the firebrand of a man that brought us "give me liberty or give me death" (a future Liberty Quote of the Day, to be sure), we bring Patrick Henry's insight into man's natural inclination to be suckered into the promises and illusions of hope. This makes us particularly nervous given the current Administration's campaign sloganeering.

As one of TILB's brothers has been known to say, our Administration is run by the "Hope Pope." Given the greatness of our founding fathers' foresight, it does not augar well that the siren song of that certain type of thought forfeiting hope lilts more effectively today than at virtually any time in our nation's history:

"It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts... For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth, to know the worst, and to provide for it."
- Patrick Henry