Peter Hentges (jbru) wrote,
Peter Hentges

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Where are the firebrands?

I was reminded today of the famous speech by Patrick Henry. You know the one. It ends:
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!
And the thought it brought to my mind is, where are the patriots? Not those that wrap themselves in flags, spread fear to the populace and strive for nothing more than to increase their own power while maintaining the status quo; they are no patriots. I long for the firebrands, those who can inflame a populace with their words but choose to do so in the cause of greater good for all people. Have we had any since MLK was killed?

My city has been chosen to host the Republican national convention in 2008. I look forward to doing some freeway blogging before and during. I'm also contemplating walking around downtown St. Paul with a sandwich board sign reading "Minnesota is a free speech zone" b/w "America is a free speech zone." Though I'm also thinking that the good Mr. Henry's quote might make a good sign too.

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