United Discontent

Patrick Henry

anti-federalist patrick henry

Speech given to the delegation in regards to accepting the Constitution

“The Honorable Gentleman who presides, told us, (hamilton + madison) that to prevent abuses in our Government, we will assemble in Convention, recall our delegated powers, and punish our servants for abusing the trust reposed in them.  Oh,  Sir, we should have fine times indeed, if to punish tyrants, it were only sufficient to assemble the people.  Your arms wherewith you could defend yourselves, are gone; and have no longer a aristocratical; no longer democratical spirit.  Did you ever read of any revolution in any nation, brought about by the punishment of those in power, inflicted by those who had no power at all?

You read of a riot act in a country which is called one of the freest in the world, where a few neighbours cannot assemble without the risk of being shot by a hired soldiery,the engines of despotism.  We may see such an act in America.  A standing army we shall have also, to execute the execrable commands of tyranny; And how are you to punish them?  Will you order them to be punished?  Who shall obey these orders?”

– Jne 6th 1788, Amen Brother

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