Reclaiming the virtue

“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” — Samuel Adams, 1779

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” — Nathan Hale’s last words before being hanged by British

“There! His Majesty can now read my name without glasses. And he can double the reward on my head!” — John Hancock after signing his name in large letters on the Declaration of Independence

“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!” — Patrick Henry

“The hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are free men, fighting for the blessings of
Liberty — that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men.” — George Washington, 1776

“I have not yet begun to fight!” — John Paul Jones

This is the America in which I believe. This is the America for which I vowed an oath to defend. It is an America where by all mankind in any station of life is free to raise up furthering themselves, where all are equal by law and divinity whatever they hold it to be.

This is the America whence these men whom fought valiantly were known as patriots. The America of today would oblige to call them terrorists. If terrorists these men be, enumerate my soul alongside their company, so mote it be!