Patrick Henry and President Obama Share One Date in History For Opposite Reasons

Liberty Alerts, Liberty Counsel

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the largest expansion of the federal government since the New Deal. Ignoring the will of the people, twisting arms, threatening fellow Democrats, and conducting closed door meetings, the President pushed ahead with a healthcare law that will fund abortion, limit freedom, and bankrupt America. President Obama said he was not concerned about the process but about the end result. In other words, the end justifies the means.

Responding to similar arbitrary abuses of power by the King of Great Britain that threatened life and liberty 235 years to the day, on March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry delivered his fiery speech to the Virginia House of Burgesses at St. John’s Church in Richmond.

Henry’s speech is credited with convincing the Virginia House of Burgesses to commit troops to the Revolutionary War. His “Liberty or Death” slogan was soon emblazoned on the Culpeper Flag, which became the flag of his first regiment of the 100 minutemen.

You can read Patrick Henry’s powerful words in our News Release.

What a difference 235 years makes in American history! The threat to life and liberty has come full circle. Like then, the American people love life and liberty and hate arbitrary abuse of power. Then, like now, powerful leaders stirred up the people to realize they must be vigilant to defend their freedom. There has not been a day in the presidency of Barack Obama in which the people have been free of strife and discord.

The Declaration of Independence says that the people are willing to suffer many abuses, but there comes a time when it is their right – it is their duty – to push back. The people must channel their anger through nonviolent means to change the leadership and the direction of America.


REGISTER TODAY for “The Awakening 2010.” This exciting and informative event is coming to the campus of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia on April 15-16.

The cost is only $25 for adults, $10 for ages 13-25, and Liberty University students attend free – but everyone must register.

Go to to register online or call 800-671-1776.

A broad array of confirmed speakers will address faith, freedom, and the the role of government, covering topics such as social, economic, and domestic issues, national security, and foreign affairs, with sessions for pastors, public office seekers, nonprofit leaders, technology, community organizers, messaging to youth and minority communities, public policy and much more.

The Awakening begins on Thursday night at 5:00 p.m. and concludes on Friday night with a Liberty & Justice Rally. Over 10,000 attendees will hear motivational and informative messages by many national leaders. Inspiring musical artists will bring a variety of entertainment.

On Friday morning, attendees will hear from Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon and Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon. A Friday midday panel discussion will address the recent healthcare bill, its implications, and the pending legal challenges.

The Freedom Federation’s advanced technological platform will be debuted at the event. This platform allows independent organizations and individuals to network, blog, create events, find events, and mobilize people who share similar core values.

See the brochure for details on confirmed speakers.

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