Wise words from the passionate Patrick Henry

“Guard with jealous attention
the public liberty.
Suspect everyone
who approaches
that jewel.
Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it
but downright force.
Whenever you give up that force,
you are ruined….
The great object is that
every man be armed.
Everyone who is able might have a gun.”

— Patrick Henry
Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention
June 5, 1778


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