Patrick Henry was a well respected lawyer, recent delegate to the Continental Congress, and lesser magistrate. He was one of roughly 120 delegates who filed into Richmond's St. John's Church along with Georgie Washington and Thomas Jefferson, on March 23rd, 1775 at the Second Constitutional Convention. After several spoke, he stood and addressed the filled room with him famous speech "Give me liberty or give me death".
Henry said in a earlier speech "the distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers, and New Englanders are no more. I am not a Virginian; I am an American."
Patrick Henry would go on to serve as both a delegate to the Second Continental Congress and as Virginia’s governor. He played a crucial role in securing men and arms for George Washington’s Continental Army, but many would credit his silver tongue as having been his most indispensable contribution to American independence. “It is not now easy to say what we should have done without Patrick Henry,” Thomas Jefferson later wrote. “He was before us all in maintaining the spirit of the Revolution.”
Sheepdogs, it's past time for us all to stand up and put liberty first. We must stand against what is evil and wrong in our communities. We must file grievances, start petitions, organize, and invest. We must invest our money, time, grit, and service to take back our liberty that is being taken from us. We must stand for our families, children, communities, state, and country.