he Declaration of Independence indicted
King George III
obstructed the administration of justice
"He has made
judges dependent on his will alone
He has erected a multitude of new offices
and sent hither
swarms of officers to harass our people
"... He has kept among us, in times of peace,
... independent of and superior to the civil power ..."
"He has combined ... to
subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution
"Giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation ... for
imposing taxes on us without our consent
in many cases, of the benefits of
trial by jury .
"... Establishing therein an
... introducing the same
into these colonies ..."
altering fundamentally the forms of our governments
excited domestic insurrections
amongst us ..."
"In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress ...
Our repeated petitions have been answered only by
A prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define
unfit to be the ruler of a free people
The King of Great Britain oversaw the enactment of:
1764 Currency Act,
1764 Sugar Act,
1765 Stamp Act,
1765 Quartering Act,
1766 Declaratory Act,
1767 Townshend Act,
1773 Tea Act,
1774 Boston Port Act,
1774 Justice Act,
1774 Massachusetts Government Act,
1774 Quartering Act,
1774 Quebec Act, and
1775 Proclamation of Rebellion.
Rise of the Tyrant - Volume 2 of Change to Chains: The 6,000 Year Quest for Global Power
On MARCH 23, 1775,
spoke to the Second Virginia Convention, which was meeting in Richmond's St. John's Church due to British hostilities:
"I consider it as nothing less than
a question of freedom or slavery ...
I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past.
And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry ... to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves ...
... Suffer not yourselves to be
betrayed with a kiss
Let us not deceive ourselves
These are the implements of war and
; the last arguments to which kings resort.
I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not
to force us to submission
Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none.
They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other.
... They are sent over to
bind and rivet upon us those chains
which the British ministry have been so long forging ...
Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves
Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert
the storm which is now coming on
We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated;
we have prostrated ourselves before the throne
... Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and
we have been spurned, with contempt
, from the foot of the throne ..."
There is a just God who presides over the destines of nations
... who will raise up friends to fight our battle for us.
The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone;
it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave ...
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."
ended his speech, there was stunned silence for several minutes.
Virginia delegate George Mason stated of
Patrick Henry's speech
"He is by far the most powerful speaker I ever heard.
Every word he says not only engages but commands the attention, and your passions are no longer your own when he addresses them ...
He is, in my opinion, the first man upon this continent, as well in abilities as public virtues ...
Had he lived in Rome about the time of the first Punic War ... Mr. Henry's talents must have put him at the head of that glorious commonwealth."
Present at Patrick Henry's speech was 29 year old Lutheran pastor,
John Peter Muhlenberg,
who had been elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
Inspired, he approached George Washington, who made him a colonel and told him to raise a regiment of troops.
recruited 300 men from his church and surrounding churches to form the 8th Virginia Regiment.
statue is in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall.
Virginia's Provincial Congress
passed a resolution for self-defense:
a well regulated militia
composed of gentlemen and yeomen
is the natural strength and only security of a free government
that such a militia in this colony would forever render it unnecessary for the mother country to keep among us ... any standing army of mercenary forces, always subversive of the quiet, and dangerous to the liberties of the people."
PATRICK HENRY'S WARNING
was the five-time Governor of Virginia.
, means "Thus always to tyrants."
On June 5, 1788, when Virginia was holding its convention to ratify the U.S. Constitution,
"My great objection to this Government is, that it does not leave us the means of defending our rights, or of waging war against tyrants ...
There is to be a great and mighty President, with very extensive powers -- the powers of a king ...
This Constitution ... squints towards monarchy ... Your President may easily become king ...
If your American chief be a man of ambition and abilities, how easy is it for him to render himself absolute!
The army is in his hands ... and it will be ... with him to seize the first auspicious moment to accomplish his design ..."
"The President ... can prescribe the terms on which he shall reign master, so far that it will puzzle any American ever to get his neck from under the galling yoke ...
Where is the existing force to punish him? Can he not, at the head of his army, beat down every opposition?
Away with your President! we shall have a king: the army will salute him monarch ... What will then become of you and your rights?
Will not absolute despotism ensue? ...
My great objection to the Constitution ... that the preservation of our liberty depends on the single chance of men being virtuous enough to make laws to punish themselves."