Saw this quote on another site, and agreed with it too much to let it slip. It is Winston Churchill’s response to the signing of the Munich agreement in 1938, the famous “Peace in our time” declaration. I thought it was appropriate for the signing of the recent Health Care Reform bill.

“…they should know that we have sustained a defeat without a war, the consequences of which will travel far with us along our road… and do not suppose that this is the end. This is only the beginning of the reckoning. This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of the bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year, unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in olden time.”

– From his speech in protest against the Munich settlement, 1938