This day in history….

On March 23, 1775 in the colony of Virginia, a meeting of delegates was held at the St. John’s church in Richmond. Patrick Henry rose and delivered a passionate speech urging his fellow delegates to support a Virginia resolution to put the colony “into a posture of defense…embodying, arming, and disciplining such a number of men as may be sufficient.” Here are his words.

Patrick Henry

During the debate over ratification of the Constitution of the United States, Patrick Henry, along with Richard Henry Lee, Samuel Adams, and others argued in a series of essays (later referred to as the Anti-Federalists Papers) that the Constitution gave the federal government too much power. The actions of the Anti-Federalists forced James Madison to create a series of amendments to attach to the Constitution calling for a Bill of Rights that limited not the powers of the citizenry, but, the powers of the government.

How ironic it is that on a day marked in history by an American leader who believed in the liberties of the individual that exactly 236 years later a new American leader would rise to strip those liberties away.

Vice President Biden was right……this is “a big f…… deal”.

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